Washington, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC continued their 39th Season with a showcase of four of its ensemble groups in a concert appropriately titled, Small Ensembles Extravaganza.
The concert, which was held October 26 at Live at 10th & G, featured performances by Potomac Fever, GMCW’s tight harmony, a cappella ensemble; Rock Creek Singers, the Chorus’ chamber music ensemble; Seasons of Love, a gospel and inspiration music ensemble; and 17th Street Dance, a dance ensemble specializing in pieces set to Broadway, jazz, and contemporary music. Combined, these ensembles represent GMCW in over 100 outreach performances throughout the region.
Critic Liz Ruth-Brinegar from MD Theatre Guide gave a rave review of the show, stating, “What a wonderful way to end a concert filled with songs of love, support, and encouragement. Small Ensembles Extravaganza was a one-night event, so I highly recommend that you attend an upcoming concert by Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, such as The Holiday Show in December.”
Among Ms. Ruth-Brinegar’s many compliments about Rock Creek Singers, she wrote, “The pleading round ‘Would You Harbor Me?’ made excellent use of varied dynamics to increase the dramatic tension of the piece and the dissonant ending was haunting. The choir ended with a masterful rendition of ‘Elijah Rock’ which they held back for a very subdued beginning before unleashing into a full forte chorus which was a marvelous contrast. The intricate interplay of rhythms felt delightfully easy for the chorus and brought the audience to raucous applause.”
And of 17th Street Dance she wrote, “17th Street Dance took the stage next for a sublimely choreographed and executed chorus line rendition of ‘These Are the Good Times.’ I especially enjoyed when the dancers pulled together in a tight, elaborately composed group that seemed to glide across the stage.”
To read the full review, click HERE.