Monday, December 17, 2012

Upcoming Show...Out of My Range March 9-10, 2013
 Our next show "Out of My Range (and Other Age-Related Performance Issues)" was first performed by the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus as a specially commissioned piece.  The Book is by Micael Shaieb and Brent Lord.  The Music and lyrics are by Michael Shaieb.  HOAMC will be the first chorus to perform it since the TCGMC performed it in March of 2012 and at the GALA Choruses Festival in Denver in July of 2012.  The show is a heavily stylized piece and is being somewhat retooled for use by HOAMC.

The following is a summary of the show...

The applause has barely faded, and the Chorus is already back at work on their next concert.  Members old and young start the rehearsal process all over again (THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL) with new music and new members pushing the Chorus range as performers and as people.  We peek in at stops along a "Concert Preparation Period" and catch comedic and often revealing glimpses into the generational dynamics at play in everyday events of Chorus life:  the vocal exercise that starts every rehearsal (WARMUPS), the advice directed at younger members (ODE TO MY TWENTIES), a chance recruitment of a new member (COME ON WITH US), the dilemma of concert promotion in the workplace (A SIMPLE SOLUTION), a "choir"-ographry dance rehearsal (LIKE MINDED PEOPLE), and the many facets of a simple weekend gathering (ANOTHER SOCIAL). Despite some age-related challenges (DIFFERENCES), nothing is out of their range when the Chorus comes together to sing.  Their diverse perspectives (30 YEARS AGO, a conversation) blend together in harmony to conquer the nerves of Opening Night (FINALE), with the Chorus growing a little bit better together.

(Summary from the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus page in the GALA Choruses Festival Guide 2012)

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