Carry On Premieres March 27
Broadway and songwriting legend inspired the title for the second concert of TCGMC’s 40th season.
In June 2020, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) had the pleasure of hosting Broadway and song-writing legend Ann Hampton Callaway for a Zoom gathering with its singers. Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, a Tony-nominated performer, and an accomplished singer and pianist. She has been a long-time friend of TCGMC, having performed with the ensemble multiple times in the 40 years since TCGMC was founded in 1981.
TCGMC Artistic Director Dr. Gerald Gurss reflected on the gathering:
“She asked if she could sing us a song – a song she thought was the message we needed at the time. Riveted to our screens, we listened to her sing “Carry On.” In that moment, we were metaphorically hugged by her gift and we knew we wanted to sing that song. “Carry On” became the inspiration for not only this concert but also our entire season.”
Carry On, the concert, which will premiere on the TCGMC YouTube page for FREE on March 27 at 7pm, tells a story that spans four decades. It’s a story that includes community-building, musical excellence and activism. But more than the broader narrative, TCGMC members and supporters tell their own personal stories about how they’ve carried on over the years as well as in this current moment.
Carry On features a humorous look at HIV stigma with “Hallelujah, I’m Clean,” a virtual collaboration with One Voice Chorus in Charlotte (NC), performances by TCGMC small ensembles Chamber Singers and OutLoud!, and the world premiere of Ann Hampton Callaway’s “Carry On,” set for chorus by Dr. Gerald Gurss.
Concert available for FREE at: www.youtube.com/twincitiesgaymenschorus (or click the image below)