OurSong co-ed gay chorus promises the moon

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imageWith summer officially around the corner, Atlanta’s gay and lesbian chorus OurSong delivers an appropriately timed tribute to the moon in its “Lunar Essence” summer concert on Friday and Saturday at Emory.

With its reputation for gravitational forces that affect us all, the moon creates optical illusions during summer that have sparked imaginations and inspired art and music for millennia.

“Join OurSong as we catch the magic of the moon and imbue its musical beams with selections that explore the darkness, the dreams and imagery of the planetary orb that affects the earth in so many ways,” Ellen Chase, the chorus’ associate artistic director, says in a press release. “Enjoy our selection of songs of the moon, stars, sleep, and night—with a surprise ending.”

As always, the group brings new, classic and world music together for an eclectic mix in “Lunar Essence.” The program spotlights modern choral pieces including a song based on a poem by Federico García Lorca, and a beautiful work by David Childs using the lyrics from Emily Dickenson’s poem “The Moon is Distant from the Sea.”

Crowd favorites are also on tap, such as Henry Mancini’s “Moon River,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” Billy Joel’s “Lullaby (Goodnight my Angel),” as well as “Music of the Night” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.”

After a successful Holiday 2009 concert, “Luminescence,” the group flips it and reverses it, Chase says.

“We loved playing on the theme of songs about light during the darkest part of the year for ‘Luminescence,’” she says. “Now singing about the dark of night during the brightest part of the year with ‘Lunar Essence.’”

In order to raise money for upcoming trips to the Gay & Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) festivals as well as for scholarships and general operating expenses, a live auction will take place each night of “Lunar Essence.” Urban Body Studios and Urban Body Fitness Health Club offer gift certificates including a six-month health club membership, yoga and pilates classes, full-service hair cuts and facials.

Many more items will also be up for auction. So shoot for the stars and land on the moon with OurSong this weekend.

“The ‘Lunar Essence’ theme of moon and night is one that should be able to ‘pull’ anyone into OurSong’s musical orbit and the seats at Cannon Chapel,” says Artistic Director Robert Glor.

OurSong performs the “Lunar Essence” concerts on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 6 at Emory’s Cannon Chapel. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at oursongatlanta.com, at the door, or from any chorus member. Copies of the group’s CD, “Out of a Dream,” are also for sale online and at each concert.


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