Gay Men’s Chorus turns on ‘Holiday Lights’

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imageIf you love Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, chances are you first fell head over heels at one of their annual holiday concerts. This year’s chance to fall in love all over again comes on Friday and Saturday.

When we asked chorus members to reflect on their favorite moments in AGMC history upon the start of their 30th season, nearly half of them recalled a holiday concert in which they performed or that inspired them to join.

“[The 2001 holiday concert] was one of the most beautiful moments of my life and became one of the biggest highlights of my holiday,” Freddy Clements told us.

Neil Keener remembered a similarly warm reception for a 1985 Christmas show.

“The crowd was extremely receptive, and I felt proud to be a part of these talented men representing the gay community in such a positive way,” he said.

The tradition continues with this year’s “Holiday Lights” in the acoustic grandeur of St. Philip Cathedral, which became the permanent home to the chorus’ winter concerts in the late ‘90s.

In addition to new seasonal material for the men to tackle, the show will of course feature AGMC’s signature, slap-your-mama a cappella version of “Ave Maria.” This year, the chorus shares the program, and the song, with the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde in a two-chorus rendition guaranteed to bring a tear to the most world-weary eye.

“Holiday Lights” combines other holiday classics with lighter seasonal fare, this year including some TV favorites like songs from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The three concerts—one on Friday night and two on Saturday—also premiere a new work by composer David Conte.

AGMC’s holiday concerts usually sell out. Reserve your tickets online now.


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