Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Among other good work that he did for the citizens of San Francisco, Mr. Milk was responsible for passing an important gay rights ordinance for the city.
Heralded in San Francisco’s LGBT community as “the mayor of Castro Street,” Harvey Milk was assassinated on November 27, 1978 by Dan White, a disgruntled and homophobic former colleague of Milk on the board of supervisors. While tragic, Milk’s murder galvanized the resolve of other courageous leaders to come forward and work for justice in the political arena as openly gay men and women.
While Harvey Milk’s life has already been the subject of numerous books, a major motion picture starring Sean Penn, and an award-winning documentary, “The Times of Harvey Milk,” I Am Harvey Milk approaches its subject as only an oratorio can—with a deeply emotional rendering of the man, his passion and his legacy.
The 12-movement work begins when Harvey is 11 years old and then progresses with a movement examining each month in his tenure on the board of supervisors. The work is non-chronological and impressionistic, even including a song sung from the point of view of the bullet that killed Milk.
I Am Harvey Milk was written by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa (“Big Fish,” “The Wild Party,” “The Addams Family”). It was co-commissioned by Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. TCGMC is honored to perform its upper midwest premiere.
Learn more about I Am Harvey Milk and order tickets online.
Sunday, August 25: “Growing up in Brainerd, Linda Eder worshipped fellow northern Minnesotan Judy Garland and became a big-voiced Broadway ballad belter who went from “Star Search” winner (the precursor to “American Idol”) to being the muse and wife of musical theater composer Frank Wildhorn. She found her greatest success in the 1997 Broadway production of his “Jekyll & Hyde” and has gone on to originate roles in many of his works. Eder returns to her home state to perform a concert of show tunes and pop fare with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, which pulled an all-nighter Aug. 1, serenading the first gay and lesbian couples to marry in Minnesota.” - Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com – “Twin Cities Best Entertainment Bets for the Weekend of Aug. 23-29″
Last night, the men of Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus performed on stage with Linda Eder, the elegant Minnesota vocalist who went from a stunning debut on “Star Search” to sing at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Eder is one of the most popular interpreters of theatrical songs to emerge in the 90s, showcasing precise intonation and a soaring voice which brings to life a repertoire of pop hits and showtunes.
The audience was filled with fans of Ms. Eder (and a few vocal fans of our own!) for an evening of wonderful entertainment that featured a trip down memory lane for Ms. Eder. Highlights included Vienna, The Mad Hatter, Man of LaMancha and a show-stopping performance of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.
The Chorus would like to thank Ms. Eder for her generosity, graciousness and friendship. We really enjoyed working with her at her Master Class and the opportunity to sing with her was a once in a lifetime experience!
We asked our Chorus members to share their stories. Stories of coming out. Stories of acceptance. Stories of realization – that moment when they knew that life indeed was going to get better. For many of our Chorus members, it was joining the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus that made the difference. Learn more about Our Amazing Stories!
November 3, 2010: On October 26, 2010, we gathered at our regular Tuesday evening rehearsal at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis to record a message of hope for our younger brothers and sisters.
This video has been included as part of the “It Gets Better” Project. Read our complete message and watch our video here.
Our 33rd Season Continues!
with special guests including the Minnesota Boychoir
March 28-29, 2014
hosted by special guest Miss Richfield 1981
June 20-21, 2014
Previously this season…
Star of Wonder
with Grammy Award-winning special guest Matt Alber
December 13-15, 2013