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The Last Big Gay Christmas Ever Holiday Concert

Dec 7, 2012 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte will once again be presenting their annual holiday concert in Salisbury and you're invited!

The renowned Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and Salisbury-Rowan Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) are pleased to present “The Last Big Gay Christmas Ever!” An original program, the concert title is a satirical jab at the notion of, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, the worlds end on December 21.

Join the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte for some stunning traditional Christmas fare, as well as a little Hannukah comedy from the Maccabeats, and a brand new commission from the fabulous Eric Lane Barnes!

Guest Instrumentalists are Matt Curl on percussion; Charles Berman on electric bass; Clint Presley on Guitar

Numbers performed by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte will be:

>Christmas Flourish, arrangement by Randol Bass

>Holy Night, music by Adolphe Adam, English words by John Sullivan Dwight, arrangement by Scott Warrender

>Ubi Caritas, Ola Gjielo

>A PC Xmas, Eric Lane Barnes.

>End of the World, words & music by Prince, William Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Stipe, & Mike Mills, arrangement by John C. Quillin

>The Shouldn’t Be Carols, Eric Lane Barnes, Original commission by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte

>Moonlight In Vermont, words & music by John Blackburn & Karl Suessdorf, arrangement by Gene Puerling, adapted by David Maddux

>Hlonolofatsa, traditional South African, Arrangement by John C. Quillin

GMCC small ensemble, 7th Son, will perform:

>Come, O Come Emmanuel, Deke Sharon

>Alleluia, Ralph Manuel

>Ave Dulcissima Maria, music by Morten Lauridsen, traditional words

>Snow, music by Irving Berlin, arrangement by Mark Brymer, adapted by John C. Quillin

>Candlelight, original music & words by Taio Cruz, arrangement by The Maccabeats

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, now in its fabulous seventh season, was formed in 2006. Under the artistic direction of John C. Quillin, the ensemble has grown steadily in membership and audience. Budd Kirby serves as GMCC’s accompanist. GMCC maintains an extensive schedule throughout the Carolinas, having mounted 45 performances since its inception and having reached thousands of people with its message of inclusion.

7th Son is now in its fourth season and is comprised of eight members hand selected from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte. Under the artistic direction of John C. Quillin, with Budd Kirby serving as principal accompanist, the small ensemble now performs 23 concerts throughout the year. Their staple concerts are referred to as “Drive-Bys” and happen several times a month in various venues in the Charlotte Metro area, which help to make people aware of GMCC and their mission.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte will be bringing “The Last Big Gay Christmas Ever” to Salisbury on Friday, December 7, 2011, at 7:30pm, in the sanctuary of Haven Evangelical Lutheran Church at 207 W. Harrison Street. An informal reception with refreshments to meet and greet the artists will be held in the church fellowship hall after the performance.

The concert is free to the public. Please join us for this fun and delightful way to kick off the holidays!

Location Haven Evangelical Lutheran Church
207 W. Harrison Street
Salisbury, NC

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