The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus enters its 35th season riding a wave of some of the greatest advancements for gay and lesbian rights in the past generation. So what better time to share our history, spread some joy, and extol the irrepressible Spirit of our community? Beyond the four Portland presentations that PGMC will offer next year, the Heart of our season will be a series of outreach concerts to six Oregon communities. And the March premiere of Broadway composer Andrew Lippa’s I am Harvey Milk alongside PGMC’s 35th Anniversary Commission by Portland composer Scot Crandal will be the Soul of our season-long celebration. In this yet-to-be-titled work, PGMC will sing the praises of social change that have been wrought by over three decades of LGBT activism since Harvey Milk reminded us that “hope is never silent.”
For 35 years, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus has been charming Portland audiences with its heart-warming yuletide celebrations. This year is no exception. PGMC will make the season bright with traditional and not so traditional moments of song and dance that reflect the many flavors of the holiday season. From Christmas, Hanukkah, and Solstice, to tunes that ring in the New Year, the 150 voices of PGMC will fill the Newmark with a warm, rich sound that audiences have come to love.
PGMC is pulling out all the stops for our 35th Anniversary shows, so bring your family and join our family for a holiday celebration, PGMC-style.
| Newmark Theatre
Friday, December 5, 2014 | 8pm Saturday, December 6, 2014 | 8pm Sunday, December 7, 2014 | 3pm
"My name is Harvey Milk and I'm here to recruit you." With those words Harvey Milk propelled a movement that led to the changes we now celebrate as a community and a nation. On November 27, 1978, only hours after the assassinations of Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, thousands gathered on the steps of City Hall for a candlelight vigil where the newly formed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus sang in tribute, as the nation looked on. Two years later, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, the nation’s fourth-oldest gay-identified chorus, was established. For 35 years, through music that has made audiences laugh, cry, feel, and take action, PGMC has been at the forefront of the struggle for equal rights. In March 2015, celebrate the Portland premiere of Broadway composer Andrew Lippa’s I am Harvey Milk, alongside a brand new commission by Portland composer Scot Crandal commemorating PGMC’s 35th season. PGMC Artistic Director Bob Mensel calls this concert, “...the Soul of our season-long celebration.” This is an event you do not want to miss!
|Kaul Auditorium, Reed College Saturday, March 21, 2015 | 8pm Sunday, March 22, 2015 | 3pm|
Back by popular demand: our biggest hit ever! This time it’s even bigger and more dazzling. On Pride Weekend 2015, celebrate with PGMC as we pull out all the stops with singing, dancing, costumes, and lots of polyester. ABBAQueen: A Royal Celebration brings all the spectacle and music of two iconic groups together in one exhilarating show. From Voulez-Vous and Waterloo to Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You, this is the must-see show of the season. So, put on your cool bell-bottoms and groovy platform shoes and join all the Dancing Queens on stage. It’s sure to be a sell-out. Don’t be left out, because the show must go on!
| Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Saturday, June 13, 2015 | 7pm
Sponsored by Bill Dickey and Morel Ink