Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus celebrated its 30th season in high style with the Encore gala on Sunday. The evening included dinner, an auction, honorees, and a performance by Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday.
As the sold-out crowd at One Atlantic Center mingled and browsed the auction items, various entertainment kept the atmosphere energetic all evening. A string quintet, chorus ensembles (top photo), and individual singers led up to the big moment when Holliday (second photo) took the stage.
The evening’s special honors went to three longtime chorus supporters. Recognition for being “instrumental in the growth and energy surrounding the pursuit of our mission through their extraordinary leadership and philanthropic support” went to Jeffrey McIntyre, AGMC founder and original artistic director; Jesse R. Peel, retired psychiatrist, philanthropist, and AGMC board member; and Frank Bragg, owner of Radial Café, philanthropist, and former board president.
The event also drew gay and gay-friendly politicians like Atlanta City Council member Alex Wan and perennial candidate Mary Norwood. AGMC board member Andres Macias (bottom photo, left) was one of the many guests who snagged the opportunity to rub elbows with Holliday after her set. The Tony winner even took time to sign some “Dreamgirls” paraphernalia that the appreciative fans brought for her autograph.
When the chorus announced the schedule for its 30th season, artistic director Kevin Robison promised that the men won’t follow the oh-so-gay path and stay “29 and holding” forever, but that the group will age gracefully with a better-than-ever season.
The Encore event was a great start. Now the season of concerts can begin. Check in for more information and season tickets to shows that begin with the Holiday Lights show on Dec. 11 and 12.
Photos by Sher Pruitt and Omar Vega