Live From Cuba CD now on sale!

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is pleased to announce that a new CD recording from their historic trip to Cuba is now available for purchase. Recorded live in Havana, Cuba, the CD, entitled Live From Cuba, features 11 tracks from their concert tour. Also featured on the album is Mano a Mano, the Cuban gay chorus who performed with the Chorus at one of their concerts.

To purchase a CD or download the music from CDBaby, click HERE.

To download music from iTunes, click HERE.

Five Star Review for The S* Show

November 18, 2015

Critic Michael Poandl from DC Metro Theater Arts gave a rave review for the Gay Men’s Chorus opening cabaret concert, The S* Show, performed on November 14 at the Sprenger Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. “I urge everyone to check out this wonderful group for their style, substance and yes – fabulousness!” – Michael Poandl

Click HERE to read the review.

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Potomac Fever & Rock Creek Singers at Wolf Trap

November 4, 2016

Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers will perform a special concert on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Two vocal ensembles from “one of the world’s best male choruses” showcase their “usual impeccable musicianship” (The Washington Post) in this “fabulously fun” (Broadway World) performance. Come hear the WAMMIE-Award winning groups during their 35th anniversary season. Tickets are $45 and are now on sale.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 703-255-1868 or visit the Wolf Trap website HERE.

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Last Call: GMCW Costume Shop Sale

October 14, 2015

Washington, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is holding a costume shop sale on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm outside of JR’s, located at 1519 17th Street NW. The sale is called “Last Call” and will feature costumes, dresses, shoes and various items from GMCW concerts and shows for sale.

Looking for a costume for Halloween for yourself or a friend? Looking to expand your costume closet? Or perhaps just looking for some fun items to have? Come on down on October 25 and have a look!

Proceeds to benefit GMCW’s GenOUT youth and outreach programs.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

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Thea Kano and GMCW at TEDx

September 28, 2015

Thea Kano and Members of GMCW to appear at TEDxMidAtlantic

Washington, DC – On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC Artistic Director Thea Kano and members of the Chorus appeared at TEDxMidAtlantic to talk about the Chorus tour of Cuba and its impact. The theme of the event was Intersections. Thea talked about how the Chorus became involved in the trip, what they experienced and the impact the trip has had on the organization and their lives. The members who went on the trip performed selections from the tour, including GMCW’s signature song “Make Them Hear You” which they performed both in English and Spanish.

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GenOUT Chorus Member to Speak at TEDx

September 17, 2015

GenOUT Chorus Member to Speak at TEDx

Washington, DC – A member of the GenOUT Chorus, an LGBTQ youth chorus started in May 2015 by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, will speak at a TEDx event on October 3, 2015 at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre. The event runs from 9am to 5pm.

Evie Priestman is a member of the GenOUT Chorus and has been profiled in the New York Times Transgender Today series. When Evie read about the theme of the Arlington TEDx event, he knew it might be a good platform for his message.  The theme is about how the Arlington community has supported people — how folks could not have realized their goals or dreams without the community.

Evie’s journey as a transgender youth was much easier than others have experienced, and he credits the community with this. He was accepted all through elementary school and middle school, despite being a girl, but appearing like a boy. No one questioned him – and this was before Caitlyn Jenner, before being trans was in the news. Arlington accepted him for who he was.

He knows this is not the case for many transgender kids, and he wanted people to know that Arlington’s acceptance was critical in his saying what was true for him. He prepared a proposal, made it through the many-stepped process, and was accepted.

“I learned so much about finding my own voice by being part of GenOUT. The support from GMCW was really important during this time,” said Evie.

For more information on the event, click HERE.

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2015-2016 Season Subscriptions On Sale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
September 10, 2015
202-293-1548
Contact: ccipollini@gmcw.org

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC announces 2015-2016 Season

Washington, D.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) has announced its 2015-2016 season of shows. Celebrating our 35th Anniversary this year, the season includes four concerts, a cabaret show and a season-opening fundraiser. The season will also feature several guest appearances including the return of the DC Cowboys dance company and a performance by Gallim Dance, featuring all-new choreography by Andrea Miller. Subscriptions are now on sale. GMCW is under the artistic direction of Thea Kano.

2015-2016 Season
Home Cooked Cabaret: The S* Show – November 7, 2015 at 5:00pm
GMCW’s season opening fundraiser features the cast of The S* Show at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery. Support GMCW in this special event featuring the cabaret show followed by a hosted dinner and drinks.

The S* Show – November 14, 2015 at 5pm and 8pm
*Sondheim. Sinatra. Streisand. We will celebrate three of the greats in one evening. Join us for this special cabaret featuring select soloists from the Chorus as we toast three amazing American icons.

Rewrapped – December 5, 6, 12 & 13, 2015
Songs you know and love—with a twist! We’ll celebrate some of your favorite holiday songs, but as you’ve never heard them before. Come join us as we ring in the season with glitter and glamour. Songs include “Sleigh Ride,” Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bells” and “Do You Hear What I Hear.”

The Way We Were (with Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers) – February 12 & 13, 2016
Our select vocal ensembles bring you our favorite hits over the years. Join us as we remember the way we were and take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of our best songs.

Boots, Class & Sass – March 12, 19 & 20, 2016
The Gay Men’s Chorus presents a salute to country music. Kick up your heels as we celebrate some of our favorite country songs, country boys and, of course, the ladies of country! Clogging, drag queens, guitars – and the return of the DC Cowboys Dance Company!

Carmina 35 – May 8, 2016 at 8:00pm
Celebrating our first 35 years in song — including the classical choral piece Carmina Burana featuring a performance by Gallim Dance from New York City, featuring all-new choreography by Andrea Miller. We will return to the Kennedy Center for this not-to-be-missed concert that will also celebrate our 35-year history with some special guest appearances!

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at ccipollini@gmcw.org or 202-293-1548.

NBC4 News – GMCW’s Groundbreaking Tour

August 13, 2015

NBC4 News followed us on our tour to Cuba. The story aired on the 6pm news and is now available online HERE.

Click here to see behind-the-scenes footage of our Cuba trip.

Special thanks to Rick Yarborough and Wendy Rieger.

Feeling Heard

Feeling Heard: Meeting the LGBTQ Community in Cuba
by Chase Maggiano, Executive Director

Posted on the Center for Transatlantic Relations website July 30.2015
Reflections on the GMCW Cuba trip

Click HERE to read the article.

GMCW Cuba Tour Schedule Announced

GMCW Announces Performance Schedule for First-Ever
Gay Chorus Tour of Cuba

Ten performances planned including first-ever performance with Cuba’s new gay chorus and tour finale at the prestigious Casa de las Americas.

Washington, DC (July 1, 2015) – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (GMCW) today announced the performance schedule for their first-ever tour of Cuba by a gay chorus, set to take place from July 11-19, 2015. The schedule of nine performances is nearly twice as large as previously announced and includes a first-ever performance by GMCW with Mano a Mano, Cuba’s new gay chorus, and a tour finale event at the Casa de las Americas, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in Cuba.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to perform at nine different locations in and around Havana during our tour of Cuba and we look forward to meeting with and learning from Cubans of all walks of life in settings as diverse as a block party and one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the country,” said GMCW Executive Director Chase Maggiano. “Person-to-person exchange is vital to fostering understanding and acceptance and we are ready to use the power of song to help open lines of communication about social policy and LGBTQ equality.”

The tour performance schedule is as follows:
• Sunday, July 12 – 3:00pm – Exchange with the Marina de Gonitch Chorus. Will meet members of the chorus and exchange experiences. Each chorus will sing for ½ hour each. Location: Casa de la Amistad – (House of Friendship).
• Monday, July 13 – 11:00am – GMCW will perform at the National Library of Havana for 1 hour. Location: National Library Auditorium.
• Monday, July 13 – 3:30pm – Visit the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) in Arroyo Naranjo, a suburb of the city of Havana. Dance and singing presentation by Cuban children. Following the presentation the GMCW will perform. ½ hour each.
• Monday, July 13 – 8:30pm – Block party in a residential area of Havana. Street will be blocked and the GMCW will perform for 1 hour during the block party.
• Wednesday, July 15 – 2:30pm – Visit with CENESEX. The visit will take place at ICAP – Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos – (Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples) Dr. Mariela Castro Espin has been officially invited to exchange with the GMCW Delegation for 2 hours. Following the meeting the GMCW & Cuba’s gay chorus “Mano a Mano” will perform.
• Wednesday, July 15 – 7:30pm – GMCW will perform at the Quinta Avenida Hotel for special invited guests. Performance 1 hour (cocktail reception)
• Thursday, July 16 – 9:30am – Visit to the Convento Nuestras Señora de Belen – (Convent of Our Lady of Bethlehem). There will be a presentation by the Convent & the GMCW will perform for the community and the elderly that are part of the convent’s program. Program ½ hour each.
• Friday, July 17 – 2:30 – Bebe Company will perform at Teatro/Theater “Bertold Brecht” with a variety of children’s program. The GMCW will perform following the presentation. Program ½ hour each.
• Friday, July 17 – 7:00pm – Visit the prestigious Casa de las Americas – GMCW will perform in the Ernesto Che Guevara room. Program 1 hour.

The tour, which is being conducted in partnership with Youth For Understanding USA (YFU), will mark the first time a gay chorus has toured the country and the first time YFU has hosted an adult exchange program anywhere in the world.

For information on tour coverage, photo availability and interviews with GMCW leaders, please contact Ben Finzel at 202-277-6286 or ben@renewpr.com.