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Philadelphia, PA - From brotherhood to "Sister Act" and Madonna to rock opera, PGMC has covered the
spectrum of choral music over its 30-year history. We've compressed that experience into
one singular event for "Legacy," our 30th Anniversary concert on June 15 and 16.
The wide variety of songs on our program guarantee you will leave the hall humming
something. Maybe it will be "Joyful, Joyful" from "Sister Act" or "Seize the Day" from the
Disney musical "Newsies," a hummable tune with a message of empowerment. Or it
might be our newest commissioned work, which will receive its world premiere at this
concert: "Raise Our Voice," composed by Collaborative Accompanist Michael Djupstrom with lyrics by PGMC baritone Chip Alfred, based on the stories of Chorus members
themselves. Highlighting PGMC's evolution from a few members caroling in bars to an
empowering and essential force in the community, "Raise Our Voice" shares our
struggles, celebrates our victories and looks forward with hope to turning the vision of our
wishes and dreams into reality.
Along with "Raise Our Voice," PGMC will perform selections from three works it
commissioned from local composer Robert Maggio. One, "Open Road," based on Walt
Whitman's "Song of the Open Road," was written for PGMC's 25th anniversary; the
second, "Into the Light," about the struggle of lesbians and gay men for acceptance and
visibility, was commissioned for the "Voices of Equality" concert, a 2009 joint concert with
the Anna Crusis Women's Choir and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; and the third,
"Angels," celebrated ActionAIDS' 25th anniversary last fall.
"The PGMC 30th Anniversary Concert is cause for joyous and proud celebration, and I
am honored and thrilled to be a part of it," Maggio said. "What a delight it has been to see
and hear this group get bigger and better every year, and how fortunate we all are to
have them enrich the lives of everyone in the Philadelphia community by making glorious
"Our 30th Anniversary Concert showcases how we have lived up to our mission over the
years," said Artistic Director Joseph J. Buches. "It also shows how we have grown and
evolved musically and artistically over three decades and showcases the wide variety of
styles we embrace as musicians."
PGMC presents "Legacy: Celebrating 30 Years Toward Harmony" on Friday, June 15, at
8 p.m. and Saturday, June 16, at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater, 1412
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, just off the Avenue of the Arts. Tickets for each show are
$25 and $35; VIP tickets are $55 and include a pre-concert reception. Purchase tickets
before June 1 and save $5 off the price of each ticket. Advance tickets are available
online through PGMC's website, www.pgmc.org. Visit the website or call 215-731-9230
for more information.
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season in 2011-12, the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
has grown into one of the Philadelphia region's largest and most respected male
choruses and has steadily increased its standing with Philadelphia's LGBT and
performing arts communities.