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Title Houston Voice, No. 1207, December 12, 2003
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date December 12, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBER 12, 2003 19 out on the bayou 'Silver Bells' marks 25 years of music for Gay Men's Chorus SILVER BELLS, continued from Page 15 added 120 members, but it has drastically increased its audience. "Our audience has gone from about 300 per concert cycle to about 1,800," he said. "We've gone from wonderful, smaller venues to making a real commitment to recognized and valid concert venues." This season, he said, most concerts will be presented either at the Wortham Center or at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The last 25 years have seen Houston's gay community devastated by AIDS and harassed by discrimination and prejudice. Through it all, the voices of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston have risen above the strife to heal, uplift, move and delight all those within hearing range. To anyone who balks at the idea of purchasing a ticket to a concert by a group of predominately gay men, the GMCH beckons, "We are your sons and daughters, your coworkers and your friends. Our songs are from the heart and we present you one voice." KNAPP SAID THE MISSION OF THE Chorus is to achieve excellence in choral music, to provide a nurturing environment for members and offer a source of pride, unity and support to the diverse communities that are Houston. He is confident that the mission is being accomplished. A member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) with over 10,000 members worldwide, the Chorus is one of the oldest in the country and among the largest. Knapp has brought an unmistakable international pedigree to the GMCH, whose performances shine with lively fan- favored traditions that feature a wide range of musical treasures. Principal accompanist Beth McConnell provides another bit of musical diversity from having performed throughout the United States. McConnell has served as the accompanist for the Houston Symphony Chorus, choral ensembles at University of Houston, as well as local churches and theaters. If all that wasn't enough cause for celebration, the chorus released its first CD in years, a holiday offering entitled "Gratitude." In the CD's liner notes, Knapp says, "Gratitude is the heartbeat of the chorus. We are grateful each and every time we are together, grateful when we have the privilege of singing for an audience and deeply grateful for the magic that has changed the lives of so many through the transforming power of music." A drunken Mrs. Claus, played by Kftty Kam, gets a ride home from designated driving members of the chorus during the group's holiday production. (All photos by Dalton Dehart) THE CD FEATURES MORE than an hour of music from diverse holiday traditions, that were recorded during the past year at the Stude Concert Hall in the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus, at the Bering Memorial United Methodist Church and the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. "This is so exciting," Knapp said. "We printed 1,000 copies and sold 1,200. We've ordered a second printing." The 15 tracks feature a wide range of Holiday themed songs, beginning with a rousing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and followed by "Carol of the Bells." Other tracks include "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Over the Skies of Yisrael," "Music of Hanukah," a gorgeous rendition of the classic "Home," and fin ishes with a 13-minute version of "Christmas Flourish." The most unusual performance on the CD is "The Twelve Days After Christmas." With lyrics that include, "The first day after Christmas my true love and I had a fight. And so I chopped down the pear tree and burned it just for spite." This year's holiday concert features the debut of the side-splitting "Forgotten Carols of Other Lands," the gospel soul of "Behold That Star!" and the rollicking new favorite, "All I Want for Christmas is You." The concert treats audiences to a visit to Santa's workshop - as only GMCH can present it, with a special musical appearance by Mrs. Claus, who has dipped a little too deeply into the eggnog bowl. Knapp said the 2003-2004 season has proven that as the audience grows in size. it also grows in a diversity of its own. "From that diversity, we are really trying to build those bridges to the greater community," he said. "We want to break those labels of just being a chorus of gay men." •ft MORE INFO •Silver Bells: Holidays in the City1 8 p.m. Dec. 12 3 p.m. Dec. 14 Wortham Center 500 Texas Ave. 713-521-7464 www.gmch.orq •Gratitude' www.gmch.org Decked out in tuxedos and evening attire, the chorus follows the lead of artistic director James Knapp as chorus girls' take it away. Artistic director James Knapp and principal accompanist Betti McConnell bask in audience applause along with members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston.
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