by Bradford Greer
PGMC Kicks into Gear
The Providence Gay Men’s Chorus is pleased to announce Susan Carroll as the new accompanist. She is the current Music Director at Beneficent Church, and the chorus is very happy to have her.
The chorus has been whirling around the city with more appearances than ever. Following their powerful participation in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Interdenominational Celebration of Diversity: Singing the Dream, the chorus has been spreading their dulcet tones of pride at the annual AIDS Quilt Memorial service, Marriage Equality’s thank-you fundraiser for Governor Chafee, and their Pride Concert which celebrated the Colors of Our Lives. They also sang at this year’s AIDS Walk for Life, and are busy collecting food for the needy in President David O’Brien’s Bulging Basket program.
On Friday, December 6, the PGMC will partner with Community Against Bullying in Schools (CABINS) in a mutual fundraiser to help raise awareness and funds for the Lincoln- based organization. CABINS began in 2006 as a support organization when 16-year-old Jeffrey Michalenka took his own life after being bullied. It was formed by parents and joined by students and neighboring supporters who have worked together to educate students and teachers about the circumstances surrounding bullying and ways to eliminate them. There will be a special benefit performance of NOEL, the PGMC holiday production, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Lincoln. For details, please visit www. provgmc.org.
Going to the Chapel
On May 2, the PGMC had the honor of singing at the celebration of Rhode Island becoming the 10th state in the union to ratify same-gender marriage. Several months later, the chorus gave the gift of music to Stephen Hartley, Brian Deslauriers and their daughter Courtney for their wedding ceremony. Four chorus members have also married since then, and one became engaged. There’s a lot of love in the air and if the guys of the PGMC have their way you will leave their winter concert with a big chunk of it in your heart.
“Grant us peace. Bring us love and unity…
This is a dream everybody can share… This is the hope of people everywhere”
So sings the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus when they bring “An African Wish” to you in their international celebration of peace and harmony titled: NOEL.
Grab your passport and carry-on luggage and run – don’t walk – to NOEL at Beneficent Church in Providence. This season the men will be sharing the stage with the young chorus from the Segue Institute for Learning. This charter school in Central Falls, under the leadership and inspiration of
PGMC tenor Angelo Garcia, promotes diversity and individual growth. The school provides 6th to 8th graders with a safe atmosphere and a rigorous academic program that encourages and prepares them for a higher level of education. The young chorus will perform by themselves and share a song with the men.
Artistic Director Kim Kuda had this to say: “The choristers of the PGMC are working hard on the holiday music for our upcoming concert season, NOEL. They put so much energy and concentration into each rehearsal and they make my Monday evenings a joy! I can’t wait for all of our fans to be a part of this concert. You are going to love these men as much as they love you.”
So look to the PGMC to bring you into the spiritual joy, peace and happiness of the season in several languages and nationalities. The performances are Wednesday and Saturday, December 4 and 7, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 8, at 4 p.m. at Beneficent Church. Oh, and bring your cha-cha heels.