In case you slept through the entirety of Pride Month, the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, which sparked a national groundswell of activism for LGBTQ rights, are among the history-making events of 1969 whose 50th anniversaries are being remembered this year. The 260+-member New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) has put together a commemorative program to take on the road titled “Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall,” and it’s coming to an arts venue near you – namely, the Lumberyard in Catskill – on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m.
Founded by a member of the pioneering San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus who had relocated to New York in 1980, just before the AIDS crisis grabbed the headlines, the NYCGMC attained almost instant success, earning lavish praise from music critics even as it became a noted voice and major fundraising force for the campaign to control the deadly epidemic. Its first two recordings were the first ever by a gay chorus on a major label (Pro Arte), and it was the first American gay chorus to tour Europe. “Through the power of this sound, and our spectacular performances, we are fearless champions for love, equality and acceptance,” says the group’s mission statement.
Saturday’s performance is being billed as “a special pre-season event” that isn’t included if you bought season passes for the Lumberyard’s 2019 offerings. Tickets for “Quiet No More” cost $45 and can be reserved at (855) 459-3849 or https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10411272. The season continues with dance and theater programs from Ephrat Asherie Dance on July 13, 600 Highwaymen on July 20 and 21, Machine Dazzle on July 27 and 28, Elevator Repair Service on August 10 and 11, the Team on August 17 and 18 and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company on August 31 and September 1. For tickets and to learn more about this season’s artists and programs, visit www.lumberyard.org/summer. The Lumberyard is located at 62 Water Street in Catskill.