SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS
CELEBRATING LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH,
THE ALL-VIRTUAL EXTRAVAGANZA IS PACKED WITH EXCITING PERFORMANCES, UPLIFTING VIDEOS, AND SPECIAL GUESTS
THURSDAY, JUNE 24 AT 6 P.M. PT
SAN FRANCISCO (May 18, 2021)— Today, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig and Executive Director Chris Verdugo announced WIRED, an all-virtual showcase celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride month. Packed with exciting performances, WIRED will also feature uplifting videos from Chorus members and SFGMC friends, special guests, and more. WIRED will stream on SFGMC’s YouTube and Facebook pages on Thursday, June 24 at 6 p.m. PT. To register, visit www.sfgmc.org/pride-2021. WIRED is an official event of San Francisco Pride.
“This year, we are cramming more fun and excitement into our Pride showcase than ever before,” said Seelig. “We chose WIRED as our theme, because we’ve been singing through wires for the past year. The singers have been incredibly busy behind their Zoom cameras creating six brand-new world premiere videos. We will also be hearing from some of our special friends on what Pride means to them, enjoying the talents of three young rising stars, and commemorating the 40th anniversary of the national tour in June 1981.”
“Pride month serves as platform to raise awareness and promote increased visibility of the LGBTQ+ community,” adds Verdugo. “As we work towards in-person performances later this fall, we are thrilled to celebrate Pride month with a virtual showcase highlighting our important work, our rich and diverse community, and our unique stories.”
Highlights of WIRED include never-before-seen performances, including a rousing homage to RuPaul and a performance of Todrick Hall’s iconic, “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels,” both presented with SFGMC’s signature choralography for the first time in a virtual format. In addition, 24-year-old composer and singer Julian Hornik will present “28 Barbary Lane” from his 12-movement musical, “@QueerZ,” originally scheduled to premiere with SFGMC in Spring 2020. SFGMC will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of their 1981 national tour with a special video featuring 21 singers who embarked on that tour. The Lollipop Guild and HomoPhonics—SFGMC’s two vocal ensembles—will also present performances. Special guests for the evening include LeAnn Rimes, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Company (SFBATCO), Broadway stars Daniel Quadrino and Troy Iwata, and more!
WIRED is sponsored by Terrence Chan & Edward Sell and Gilead Sciences.
Founded in 1978, SFGMC sparked a nationwide LGBTQ choral movement after its first public performance at a vigil on the steps of City Hall following the assassinations of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. Since then, SFGMC has been embedded in the fabric of San Francisco. It has soothed souls in pain, lifted spirits in triumph, and has remained a steadfast beacon of hope.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC has established a heightened level of performance standards bringing renewed audience and choral industry acclaim. Recent touring schedules, recordings, and outreach programs have broadened its impact and reputation in the community while maintaining its signature blend of humor, personality and ground-breaking performances. In 2019, SFGMC acquired a historic facility that has become its permanent home for rehearsals and offices. The building also serves as the first-ever National LGBTQ Center for the Arts, a community space for LGBTQ artists and arts organizations.