The Louisville Gay Men's Chorus brings the sound of good cheer to your ears with a message of love and acceptance. Rocko Jerome takes us behind the powerful performances of this talented group.
Now celebrating their sixth year, the Louisville Gay Men's Chorus has become a beloved local institution. Every holiday season, they celebrate with a gala event notable for its extraordinary variety of festive songs. The holiday show is the group's biggest annual performance, and if this year is like previous ones, it will sell out.
It takes a great deal of dedicated practice for the forty plus members of the LGMC to prepare for showtime. They practice for 14 long weeks, perfecting every last note so that the night of the show will go off without a hitch. It's a wonder to behold these men weaving their harmonies, demonstrating the kind of intricate vocal performance that only diligence, dedication, and practice can produce.
The title of the show this year is “When We Were Boys,” and it features a hearty dose of nostalgia and a sense of the evolution that we experience as we age. In keeping with the theme of change, this year will be the first for Gregory DuPont, interim artistic director. He's been a choir director at area churches for 25 years and he brings fresh creative enthusiasm to the scene. The choices for the material are a secret, but he promises a mix of tunes as diverse as the chorus itself.
"We want to be inclusive and make a positive impact on the community in general, not just the LGBTQ community, but everyone," says Gregory.
That spirit of inclusiveness is always important, but especially so during the holidays, when so many find themselves feeling lonely rather than accepted by family. This is too often the case for too many in the LGBTQ community. The Louisville Gay Men's Chorus offers a beacon of love and support to many who would otherwise feel isolated during this special time of year. "Everything we do is about acceptance. We try our hardest to make a space for everybody," says Steve Smith, president of the LGMC board of directors. "The LGMC are very excited to welcome everyone and we feel the message that we have to offer is needed now more than ever."
IF YOU GO
The Louisville Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert When We Were Boys will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 at the Ursuline Arts Center. Tickets are available directly from the group’s website. The chorus is a non-profit that consists entirely of volunteers, and they are sustained by donations from the community. Please visit www.louisvillegaymenschorus.com for more info.