The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will kick off its 33rd season with a holiday concert entitled Sparkle, Jingle, Joy with special guest star Matt Alber to be presented on December 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm and December 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Lisner Auditorium – 730 21st Street NW, in Washington, DC. Tickets can be purchased online, or by phone at (202) 293-1548, or at the door. Group rates are available.
Sparkle, Jingle, Joy is presented with the support of Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, Verizon, Merrill Lynch, and the Washington Blade. The December 21, 2013 performance at 3:00 pm will be ASL interpreted. Tickets prices range from $59 to $29. Wheelchair, ASL and student tickets are available by calling the box office at (202) 293-1548.
Sparkle, Jingle, Joy features a chorus of over 200 singers, production numbers including 18 dancers, lighting design by A.J. Guban of Constellation Theatre, and a special appearance by 14 nuns (well, GMCW’s version anyway). Returning to perform with GMCW is Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Matt Alber, following his triumphant performance in February as part of GMCW’s gay wedding extravaganza.
Songs performed in Sparkle, Jingle, Joy include traditional favorites like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Star of Wonder,” “Hallelujah Chorus” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” along with new songs celebrating different holiday traditions. Other songs include “Ocho Kandelikas,” “Over the Skies of Yisrael,” variations on “Jingle Bells,” and “The 12 Days of Christmas” as you’ve never seen it before!
About the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC.
Under the direction of Executive Director Chase Maggiano and Artistic Director Jeff Buhrman, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is beginning its 33rd season with a mission that is dynamic and socially-relevant. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington delights audiences and champions gay equality with robust artistry, fun and surprise. GMCW has more than 200 singing members, two select vocal ensembles, 100 support volunteers, more than 400 subscribers, 500 donors, and an annual audience of more than 12,000 people. GMCW is honored to include in its history iconic venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the White House, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, the Lincoln Memorial, presidential inauguration celebrations, and more. GMCW features two select outreach vocal ensembles: Potomac Fever, a 14-voice close harmony group, and Rock Creek Singers, a 35-voice chamber ensemble. Since 2001, GMCW has maintained a robust youth outreach program, GenOUT, that offers free tickets to high school students, parents and teachers, in addition to offering in-school outreach and empowerment programs. The Chorus demonstrates its commitment to community outreach projects by participating in the Whitman-Walker AIDS Walk, an annual toy drive to benefit Community Family Life Services, Christmas Eve caroling at the National Institutes of Health and volunteering at Food & Friends. GMCW is a proud member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) and Chorus America.