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Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus: This is Me

June 21 - 22, 2024

Friday, June 21

THIS IS ME

St. Andrews Lutheran Church

ADULT GENERAL ADMISSION- $40

YOUTH (18 and under) GENERAL ADMISSION- $20*

Friday, June 21, 7:30pm

Saturday, June 22, 7:30pm

 

Step into a world of inclusivity, artistry, and self-expression with “This is Me,” a captivating concert experience brought to you by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) with special guests. Set against the majestic backdrop of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, this event promises to be a celebration of diversity, acceptance, and the transformative power of music.

Our season’s grand finale is a unique fusion of choral music and dance designed to challenge the stigma surrounding body image. This concert represents a powerful collaboration between TCGMC, the acclaimed James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorus and See Change Treble Choir.

At the heart of “This is Me,” we proudly unveil our latest commission, Every BODY, a groundbreaking commission led by TCGMC featuring over 200 singers on stage and professional dancers, exploring the complexities of body image, identity, and self-acceptance.  This significant work was crafted by a talented team of composers, including Kyle Pederson, Melissa Dunphy, Sharon Udoh, Britney Boykin, and our own artistic director, Dr. Gerald Gurss. Through music, dance, and spoken word, this innovative piece invites audiences to reflect on the beauty and resilience of the human form.

From the graceful movements of a dancer to the soaring melodies of a choir in harmony, Every BODY celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. It challenges societal norms and embraces the idea that our bodies are not something to be ashamed of, but rather, gifts to be cherished and celebrated.

Join us as we embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, celebrating the beauty of diversity and the boundless potential within each of us. Together, we will create a space of acceptance, love, and understanding.

Renowned for remarkable commissions during GALA Choruses Festival years, TCGMC continues this tradition in 2024, as Minneapolis hosts the forthcoming quadrennial festival. This extraordinary event will unite 8,000 singers from across the globe in the vibrant center of the Twin Cities! While Every BODY will also grace the stage at a special concert in Orchestra Hall during the 2024 GALA Choruses Festival in July, you won’t want to miss its inaugural performance right here with us at one of the most exceptional venues for choral artistry in the Twin Cities.

Special Guests:

James Sewell Ballet, founded by James Sewell in 1990, is a dynamic and innovative contemporary ballet company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Renowned for its artistic excellence and boundary-pushing performances, the company seamlessly blends classical technique with modern choreography, captivating audiences worldwide.

The Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale, is a community treble choir founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Judy Sagen. This intergenerational choir honors the tradition of performing quality choral music that centers on a community that sings together and introduces audiences to the power and beauty of the treble repertoire. Diverse in culture, religion, age, race, belief, gender, and sexual identity, they are committed to commissioning new choral works and raising awareness about global issues. Through music, they aim to create a world that affirms the worth and dignity of every person.

See Change Treble Choir, founded in 2018, is an inspiring ensemble with the mission of celebrating and sharing women’s artistry and strength through song, collaboration, and community. The ensemble honors diverse music in an authentic way, nurtures a supportive community of women, collaborates through a democratic process, and reimagines the choral archetype.

Youth Soloists from MacPhail Center for Music and Minnesota BoyChoir

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary event. Please note that seating for “This is Me” is general admission. Arrive early to secure the best seats and immerse yourself fully in this unforgettable experience. Get your tickets now and experience the magic of “This is Me” with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus and special guests.

 

Find more information and tickets here.

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