The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus celebrated its 30th Anniversary season culminating in a one-night only spectacular, “Milestones: The Journey Continues,” on stage at the majestic Memorial Auditorium, Friday, May 8, 2015. The “Milestones” concert was designed around the core concepts that have propelled SGMC throughout its 30 years: community spirit, musical excellence and unparalleled entertainment. The evening, hosted by KVIE’s “Rob on the Road’s” Rob Stewart, featured a medley of gay anthems from across the decades called the “Big Gay Sing,” including appearances by representatives of many community organizations who have supported SGMC over the years. The program included a very special guest performance by the Sacramento Children’s Chorus and the acrobatic talents of Sacramento Aerial Evolution.
The 2014 Holiday Show presented a mixture of classic and contemporary music featuring the best qualities of SGMC – fine musicianship combined with unparalleled entertainment. A variety of musical genres from the sounds of traditional holiday classics (like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Biebel’s Ave Maria and the jubilant Gloria by John Rutter) to the energizing and nostalgic songs from the stop-motion & animation holiday specials of the 60s and 70s (Heat Miser/Snow Miser, You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch, Silver & Gold) offered a captivating concert experience. Our audience took a journey along with the chorus through SGMC’s own Gay-Mation Holiday special – a scripted tale of gay, disgruntled holiday naysayer visiting a special and magical antique & collectables store, where he was reminded of the dreams and joys of the holidays until he emerged as the glittering and statuesque Snow Queen. Finally, building upon the enthusiasm for the Maddux Do You Hear What I Hear, SGMC presented the premiere of a new arrangement “mash up” of Do You Hear What I Hear & Little Drummer Boy.
Come Together – A Tribute to the Beatles
“Come Together – A Tribute to the Beatles,” incorporated the sights and sounds of the 1960s during SGMC’s three performances of the original multi-media work at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatle’s historic appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Come Together” featured the chorus’ interpretation of Beatles favorites against an original compilation of vintage still photos and video footage of Beatle-mania and U.S. popular culture of the last five decades, as well as historical images of Sacramento’s LGBT community. Photos and video were displayed on a stage backdrop of multiple screens suspended behind the chorus. Featured Beatles songs included “We Can Work It Out,” “This Boy,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Yellow Submarine,” “When I’m 64,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Nowhere Man,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Hey Jude,” “Imagine,” and many more.
Cool Yule – A Big Band Theory
The finely tuned voices of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus in harmony with the Big Band sound of Sacramento’s acclaimed Harley White Jr. Orchestra all add up to a “Cool Yule” holiday concert, Dec. 6 through 10, at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street, in Midtown Sacramento. In addition to traditional holiday tunes arranged to a Big Band beat, the two-hour show will include traditional seasonal carols and hymns, as well as spotlight innovative staging, choralography, and humorous vignettes with which SGMC have raised the bar with every new performance. Vocal ensemble Boy Howdy will chime in with “Christmas in the Cloister,” depicting a group of monks who air their frustrations with the holiday season, and “Black Christmas,” which bemoans the predominance of “White Christmas,” noting that even Charlie Brown’s African-American friend didn’t make the cut for the Peanuts Christmas Specials.
ExtrABBAganza was the biggest summer concert SGMC has ever produced! Featuring the music and costumes of ABBA – at the Crest Theater, the show had dancers, soloists, costumes, lighting, and special effects unlike any SGMC has done in their 28 year history.
Light Your World
‘Light Your World’ was the debut concert with our new artistic director, Steven Johnson. The show was presented three times in Sacramento and once in Stockton. Featured were lush arrangements of sacred holiday favorites as well as an assortment of decidedly non-traditional songs such as ‘A Social Network Christmas’, the new song that we co-commissioned with the Seattle Men’s Chorus.
Glitter was a rousing success for SGMC, it was their first concert at the California Automobile Museum. The concert was presented twice in Sacramento and once in Stockton. The music selection featured the debut of `Voices Carry’, the new piece of music that SGMC commissioned from Sacramento composer Graham Sobelman with text by Sacramento poet Jovi Radke.
The Merry Men of SGMC presented `Jingle’, their 27th annual holiday show, four times in December of 2011. (Three times in Sacramento and one time in Stockton.) `Jingle’ was a jolly and nostalgic holiday show that caused the audience to chuckle, some of them even jingled!
One For The Road
The Men of SGMC presented their 2011 Spring concert, entitled `One For The Road’, a total of six performances, three shows in Sacramento, one show in Stockton, one show in Davis, and one show in Loomis. The concert featured songs of traveling, destinations, and the call of the open road!
The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus will be presenting ‘Wonderland!’, their 26th annual holiday show, on Dec 3rd, 4th and 5th at First United Methodist Church in Midtown Sacramento. From traditional sacred music classics that will warm your heart to completely silly musical romps that will leave you howling with laughter, the men of the chorus will help you get in the mood for the holiday season!!
UNITY – An Evening of Music and Dance!
June is Gay Pride Month and as a final celebration of their 25th anniversary season, The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus will be producing a very special one-night only concert on Saturday, June 12 that promises to be a fun evening of music and dance. The men of the chorus will be joined on stage by The Sacramento Women’s Chorus, Small Difference Women’s Choral Ensemble, Verve, SacDance Sport, and the Capital City Squares. This is the first time that six local GLBT performing arts groups have collaborated on the same event, don’t miss it!
Sing OUT Louise! – A Broadway Extravaganza
Everyone loves a show tune and the men of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus are no exception. Join us on a journey down memory lane as we explore some of our favorite Broadway music. The concerts will be April 16, 17th and 18th at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento.
Alleluia! – 25 Years of Holiday Favorites
The holiday season will be kicked off in style with ‘Alleluia!’ on December 4th at 8pm, 5th at 8pm and 6th at 3pm. The men in the chorus will be singing both audience favorites from the past 25 years along with a number of new songs that are sure to bring smiles to your face. All Saints Episcopal church has a beautiful pipe organ that will accompany the men of the chorus on several songs. This show has a little bit of everything, from the sacred (The Biebel Ave Maria) to the profoundly fun (Boogie Woogie Hanukkah).