TCGMC Pride Concert Update
April 22, 2020, NOON CST
Dear TCGMC Friends and Family,
I hope this note finds you and your loved ones healthy both physically and emotionally, although, I know the reality is that many of you are enduring significant loss and are actively experiencing the various phases of grief. From employment to vacations, graduation celebrations and, unfortunately, human lives, our world is having a profound shared experience as it relates to loss.
It came as no surprise, based on the long list of events that have been recently canceled, that we were informed by the University of Minnesota our Pride concert scheduled for June 19-20 has been canceled due to continuing safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus. This final mainstage performance ostensibly marks the end of our 39th season. However, I am grateful to share that members of TCGMC, while not being able to make music together in the same room, are relentless in fulfilling our mission of “building community” in the ways that are possible. We have experimented with various uses of technology to continue this mission and plans are underway for some exciting offerings we look forward to sharing with you soon. I’ve been filled with pride by the ways TCGMC members have come together to support each other during this time. From bi-weekly virtual “town hall” gatherings to virtual “talent shows” and online “watch parties,” our singers are supporting each other and truly embodying our core values of courage, authenticity, joy, respect and accountability.
We are eager to celebrate our 40th season, and to make music together in the same space. As a result of being good financial stewards, the Chorus was on a sound base going into these challenging times. When the spring concerts were canceled, you, our loyal patrons, stepped up to donate a good portion of those ticket sales — thank you! To keep TCGMC strong and viable on the other side of the shutdown (and recovery), if you have purchased tickets for Stiletto Squares: Red Carpet Fails, we humbly ask you to consider donating the value of your tickets to TCGMC. If you hadn’t had a chance to purchase your tickets, you can still make a donation to the chorus at http://tcgmc.org/support-us/individual-donations/.
To request a refund, please complete THIS FORM, including your contact information and order number (seven digit code on the left side of your ticket). Patrons have until May 22 to request a refund; after which the value of the ticket will automatically convert to a donation. If you have any questions, please contact the U of M Ticketing and Events office at 612-625-5306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we all spend more time at home, reflecting on what’s going on around us, I hope we can listen more deeply, create more passionately, care for each other more intensely and love more heartily than we ever have before. And, that we can bring these practices with us to the other side.