JCA Will Feature Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus In 2016-17 Finale
The Jamestown Concert Association’s 2016-17 season, “Celebrate Amazing Music!,” will come to its conclusion following the final of its six scheduled concerts Sunday afternoon.
The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, presenting their program “Brothers Sing On!,” will perform at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. to close out the JCA’s annual six-concert series of downtown Jamestown performances
“We are very excited to have them (the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus) back this month as the final presentation in our 2016-17 season,” said Sally Ulrich, JCA president. ” The acoustics in St. Luke’s are fabulous, and to hear it filled with over 40 male voices is truly spectacular. We invite the community to come celebrate spring and the amazing gift of song with us.”
The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus was initially conceived in 1999 by chorus member Roger Parris. Bolstered by the efforts of a vigorous group of men and the support of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, the choir held its first auditions in May 2001. Its first rehearsal was held Sept. 11, 2001, a day of tragedy and sadness. However, in spite of the day’s tragedy, the group made the difficult decision to continue with rehearsal — a decision that now proves to have been wise.
The choir gave its first public performance on Feb. 9, 2002, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Buffalo. The audience that night was huge. The church was filled, chairs lined the aisles and, sadly, people had to be turned away at the door. All concerts after that were offered twice in each performance weekend until, some years later, the chorus began presenting three times in the weekend. Today, audiences continue to be large, diverse and enthusiastic.
In March 2008, the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus received the prestigious Buffalo and Erie County Arts Council Award for exceptional contributions to the arts and cultural community in Western New York. Its greatest accomplishment has probably been its success in weaving the different lives and personalities of its members and of the communities it serves through the tug and magic of music, sung from the heart.
As part of its “Brothers Sing On!” program, the choir will present the title song by Edvard Grieg and other selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mark Hayes, Phil Sims, Marvin Hamlisch, and others. Conducted by Garrett Martin, the chorus will be joined by associate artistic director and pianist Dr. Abigail Rockwell-Puehn, percussionist Christopher Hart, and bassist Timothy Mroz.
For more information about the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, visit buffalogaymenschorus.com.
Tickets to Sunday’s concert are $20, and $7.50 for college students. Students ages 18 and under will be admitted for free if accompanied by a paying adult.
Individual concert tickets are available at the door on the day of the concert, or in advance at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office, Chautauqua Music, Trinity Guitars, Germaine and Pappalardo, or by calling 484-7070 or 487-1522.
For more information, call the Jamestown Concert Association at 487-1522 or visit jamestownconcertassociation.org.