Rave review for GMCW’s TTBB adaptation of Duruflé Requiem

On March 3, 2018, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC presented the world premiere TTBB adaptation of the Maurice Duruflé Requiem. Critic Jamie McCrary of Washington Classical Review gave a rave review of GMCW’s premiere of the work, arranged and conducted by GMCW artistic director Thea Kano. McCrary writes,”This was a high-quality, artistically nuanced performance. The piece was beautifully interpreted and presented, a testimony to Kano’s artistic leadership, as well as strong contributions from organist Jeremy Filsell and the chamber string orchestra with trumpet, harp and timpani.” 

To read the full review, click HERE.

Transgender soprano Breanna Sinclairé to perform with GMCW

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is thrilled to announce that transgender soprano Breanna Sinclairé will join GMCW as it continues its 37th season, Make America Gay Again. Ms. Sinclairé will join the Chorus for two concerts in 2018 – first for the world premiere of the tenor-bass arrangement of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem in March, and then again for TransAmerica in June.

A native of Baltimore, MD, Breanna Sinclairé is a graduate of the esteemed Baltimore School for the Arts and Tanglewood Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal performance from the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts, under the tutelage of Maria Fortuna Dean and Kate Conklin. She earned a Master of Music in opera from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as the first transwoman of the opera program, under the pedagogy of Ms. Ruby Pleasure.

Operatic performances include Carmen (as Carmen), Cavalli’s La Calisto (Furie), Menotti’s The Old Maid and The Thief (Miss Todd), Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Rameau’s Platée, and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story, as well as contemporary performances in Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension at the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre (REDCAT) and Zachary Sharrin’s Time Bodies at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown Los Angeles.

Ms. Sinclairé also holds the distinction of being the first transwoman to sing at a national sporting event – first with the Oakland A’s, and more recently for the San Francisco Deltas. She was among Out Magazine’s 2015 “OUT100” list of LGBT heroes.

“In these dark times, community and empowerment is what we need. I am honored to sing alongside the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washinton, DC. Let’s make a statement with the sounds of music!” said Ms. Sinclairé.

Rock Creek Singers on NewsChannel 8

Washington, DC
December 22, 2017

Rock Creek Singers appear on NewsChannel 8

On Friday, December 22, 2017, our vocal ensemble Rock Creek Singers appeared on NewsChannel8 to sing holiday carols and help ring in the holidays. Rock Creek Singers joined Adrianna Hopkins on the morning news down in Arlington, VA at the NewsChannel 8 studios. To see the video of their appearance, click HERE

Rave review for The Holiday Show

December 12, 2017

MD Theatre Guide says The Holiday Show is “not to be missed”

Critic Liz Ruth-Brinegar from MD Theatre Guide gave a rave review for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s 2017 holiday concert, titled The Holiday Show. “If you’ve never seen the GMCW in concert before, I have great confidence that once you’ve seen ‘The Holiday Show’ you’ll spend every December from now on counting down the days not ’til Christmas but ’til the annual concert.”

Ms. Ruth-Brinegar goes on to say “GMCW and their ensemble 17th Street Dance delighted me with their fully costumed rendition of ‘Nutcracker Jingles’ which was a mini performance of the Nutcracker ballet and let me say, the ballerinas had some fine technique! From the dancing snowflakes to the Cossack dance to a Sugar Plum pas de deux (with a lift!) to the waltz of the flowers, I was loving every second. Can I pitch for 17th Street Dance to put on a full-length ballet next season?”

To read the full review, click HERE.

Potomac Fever on ABC7

Washington, DC
November 30, 2017

Potomac Fever appears on ABC7 News

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, our vocal ensemble Potomac Fever appeared on ABC7 (WJLA) and NewsChannel8 to sing holiday carols and promote our upcoming production of The Holiday Show. Potomac Fever joined Kidd O’Shea on the morning news outside the Wiehle-Reston metro stop to greet people on their way to work and spread some holiday spirit. They even joined Kidd for his 7:50am Dance Party. To see the video of their appearance, click HERE

The District Now Review: “A fun night”

November 15, 2017
Washington, DC

Rave review for It Takes Two

Theater critic Aaron Myers of The District Now gave a rave review to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s season-opening cabaret It Takes Two presented on November 11 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Myers writes ” I’m not positive if it was said off the cuff or if it was scripted, but it set the tone for the night, and the audience fell right in line. “Songs and music can be a powerful agent of social change…” and the GMCW did not shy away from many of these issues ranging from race and interracial dating in the gay community, to coping with grief and friendship.” To read the full review and hear the audio interview with Artistic Director Thea Kano, click HERE.

DC Metro Theater Arts Review: “Innovative and charming concert”

Washington, DC
November 15, 2017

Rave review for It Takes Two

Theater critic David Friscic of DC Metro Theater Arts gave a rave review to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s season-opening cabaret It Takes Two presented on November 11 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Friscic writes “This innovative and charming concert ended on an ethereal and meditative note as the entire cast gazed off in the distance and harmonized to rapturous effect to the delicate melodic line of Stephen Sondheim’s song “Sunday” from Sunday In the Park with George.” To read the full review, click HERE.

Live recording of Southern Equality Tour

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC will host a special live concert of music from our Southern Equality Tour to be recorded live. This performance is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission. No need to purchase tickets or RSVP – just come join us on September 30 for an afternoon of glorious Broadway music, with songs like “Being Alive,” “Seasons of Love,” “What More Can I Say,” and “I Am What I Am.” 

September 30, 2017
Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

Please note that because this concert will be recorded, there might be times when the conductor will stop and start the music, and there may be sight line issues because of the recording equipment.

GMCW celebrates queer underground with Ropeburn

The 2017 GMCW Fall Event

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is pleased to announce the debut of a new fall event entitled Ropeburn, a celebration of the queer underground in the underground and fall fundraiser. Ropeburn will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 starting at 7:00pm in the Dupont Underground, located at 19 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC. Tickets for the event are $75 and can be purchased by calling 202-293-1548 or online at gmcw.org.

The fundraiser is the first event of GMCW’s 2017-2018 Season Make America Gay Again. Ropeburn will bring together the leather community, the ball community, and GMCW — groups with a history of culture and political activism. The event is a celebration of two distinct foundations of today’s mainstream pop culture: the Leather Community (“rope”) and the Balls made famous by the movie Paris is Burning (“burn”). Ropeburn promises to be an amazing night with a Tom of Finland fantasy live model art gallery, fetish demonstrations, vogue dance battles, and special performances at 10:00pm and midnight. Plus, it’s hosted in one of the most intriguing spaces in all of DC: the subterranean Dupont Underground.

Highlights of the evening include fashion displays, DJs, drinks, raffle prizes, and more. Performers include Pussy Noir, Sistr Mid9ight with Rich Morel, 17th Street Dance, and soloists from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC.

For more information about the event, visit our webpage. To arrange an interview, contact Craig Cipollini, director of marketing, at ccipollini@gmcw.org.

Click HERE to video the Ropeburn promo video.

Raising Our Voices Against Hate

August 28, 2017
Washington, DC

Since January, and even well before that, we have witnessed a near constant assault on virtually every group that can be referred to as ‘other.’ We have heard hateful rhetoric about women, people with disabilities, immigrants, people of color, queer youth, transgender people, people of different faiths, especially those of Jewish and Muslim religions, and sexual minorities. Even as I write this letter, President Trump is seeking to exclude trans people from serving in the military and to deny currently-serving trans military personnel the medical treatment they require and deserve. Seemingly the only people who are safe are those who share in that hate of the ‘other.’ Even in DC and the surrounding areas, there are increased reports of hate crimes and attacks. These messages of hate have many paralyzed with fear and anger, wondering what we can do.

What this hate has not done and will not do is diminish our voice. Earlier this year, GMCW took strategic steps to align our mission with what we have been doing for nearly four decades – singing for equality, inclusion, justice, and dignity of all people. We believe in a world where everyone is treated with respect and as equals.

As we enter into our 37th season, GMCW reaffirms our pledge to raise our voice to extinguish the hate that is tearing our United States apart. We will celebrate the diverse tapestry of our great nation instead of shredding that tapestry. We will uplift and inspire queer youth rather than allowing them to be the victims of bullying. We will bring people together through the power of performance instead of isolating groups of people with fear. And as we recall the success of our Southern Equality Tour, and plan our next one, we will take our message and music beyond the beltway to comfort, encourage, and inspire a broader activist audience.

Whether you’ve been with us since our inception or are learning about us for the first time, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe, we welcome you to join us as we Make America Gay Again. We offer you the opportunity to make your voice heard by performing with us, volunteering with us, donating to us, and attending our full season of varied and fascinating concerts and events.

With each voice that is added, our power grows. Thank you for being a part.

Love always wins,
Justin and Thea