The SF Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Passion” April 1 & 2. The group first performed in 1978 after the murders of gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone that morning. Three years later, they toured the USA, inspiring dozens of gay and lesbian choruses to form. These groups provided cultural voice and safe social connections for LGBT people, especially in small towns and away from the coasts.
Today there are hundreds of gay, lesbian, transgender and mixed choruses across the country. With LGBT people largely accepted in most of America – especially in big cities – what purpose do they serve and how have they changed? The SF Gay Men’s Chorus’ innovative 2015 spring concert Passion, April 1 & 2 in Davies Symphony Hall, gives some clues. Passion features a San Francisco premiere and two world premieres: For a Look or a Touch, a choral opera about persecution of gays in the Holocaust; My Friend, My Lover: Five Walt Whitman Songs; and #twitterlieder: 15 Acts in 3 Tweets, chronicling an entire life though songs of 140 characters or less.
The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco also have spring concerts, Stage & Screen and Guns and Roses: Songs of War ‘n Peace, respectively, both on April 18 & 19.
With Out in the Bay host Eric Jansen to talk about LGBT choral music today and their spring concerts are San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus conductor and artistic director Timothy Seelig, Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus conductor and artistic director Carl Pantle, and SF Opera Adler Fellow baritone Hadleigh Adams and actor Kip Niven. (Broadcast live Thursday, March 26, 2015)
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus ensemble The Lollipop Guild will perform at Out in the Bay‘s 10th Anniversary Party, Wed., April 29, 5 to 8pm at Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret. Join us! Click here for more info and here to buy tickets.
AIDS led the world to many new discoveries in medicine. But San Francisco General Hospital pioneered a new model of patient care. In the film, “Life Before The Lifeboat,” Dr. Paul Volberding interviews nurses, doctors, medical professionals, and community leaders from that time. Marilyn’s audio version of the film is a compelling, dramatic, intense listening experience. A special rebroadcast Thursday, March 12th, 2015, at 7pm. Celebrating 10 years.
Facebook screenshots figure prominently in Gabrielle Glancy’s new book. That’s because during her long, debilitating illness doctors couldn’t diagnose, Glancy trolled Facebook but lacked enough energy to write. The award-winning poet and nationally known college admissions expert later wove the screenshots into I’m Already Disturbed Please Come In: Parasites, Social Media & Other Planetary Disturbances (A Memoir, of Sorts), which critiques Western medicine and social media, and examines love in sickness and in health. Gabrielle Glancy is Eric Jansen’s guest.
At the end of our half-hour, a morsel of music from Home Street Home, a provocative rock opera about homeless youth, drugs and BDSM that wraps up its world premiere run Saturday, 3/7, at Z Space in San Francisco.
(Broadcast March 5, 2015)
Marilyn Pittman’s and Eric Jansen’s 2007 interview with the late Lesley Gore. Discovered by Quincy Jones, Gore’s iconic, “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” and “You Don’t Own Me,” were smash hits that became classics. Hear about how she came out and who helped her do it, and how she brought new life to her 1960s hits decades later. (broadcast Feb. 19, 2015)
Marilyn Pittman’s sound portrait of the late great disco diva Sylvester. Josh Gamson talks with Marilyn and reads from his biography, “The Fabulous Sylvester.” We hear from the fans at the book party launch in 2005 at the The Center. Live concert footage with Sylvester and The Weather Girls, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes. (broadcast Feb. 26, 2015)LISTEN