The LGBT Choruses That Gave Voice To A Movement
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Sounds of Change: The LGBT Choruses That Gave Voice To A Movement
Workshop Presenter: Kathryn Mahan
Born in the mid-1970s, the national gay and lesbian choral movement grew steadily through the 1980s, reaching Charlotte in the fall of 1989 when a small group of determined artists founded One Voice Chorus. Reeling from the dual realities of a strengthening social justice movement and a devastating AIDS crisis, the LGBT community found a new way to come out and come together through its choruses in the 1990s. The concerts – with their vast body of original compositions – created a place to be proud and joyful as well as a way to mourn, to rally and to persevere. Through new songs and familiar ones, we found we could explore our grief, illustrate our journey, laugh at ourselves, educate our friends, and find inspiration for the road ahead.
Countless coming out stories grew from these choruses and concerts. And today, both One Voice, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and hundreds of other LGBT choruses are thriving all around the world. Join us for historical highlights, a listen to some of the greatest hits, a discussion of the leading composers and a chance to sing through tunes ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking to uplifting! This program is funded in part by an ASC Cultural Vision Grant, a community partnership funded by Mecklenburg County.
Free admission; advance registration required at https://www.charlottelgbtqelders.org/programs-events