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GENERATION Y Featuring the NYC Premiere of “Tyler’s Suite”

NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS

GENERATION Y

Featuring the NYC Premiere of “Tyler’s Suite”

WITH SPECIAL GUEST Ann Hampton Callaway

SATURDAY, June 13, 2015, 8pm at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

New York– May 12, 2015– On June 13, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) presents GENERATION Y, a new concert that celebrates the stories of gay Millennials and explores their perspective on love, marriage, coming out, the job market, friendship, gender roles and a world of total connectivity and exposure.

GENERATION Y also features the NYC premiere of “TYLER’S SUITE,” presented in collaboration with the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and co-commissioned by NYCGMC. In 2010, Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi’s roommate web-cammed him in a gay sexual encounter and posted about it online. Days later, Tyler committed suicide and the issue of cyberbullying was brought to national and international attention. “TYLER’S SUITE” uses music to tell Tyler’s story and offers a message of hope and compassion.

“Tyler’s generation is the first to grow up in a world where the lines between private and public are so easily blurred. What happened to Tyler couldn’t have happened to previous generations,” said Dr. Charles Beale, NYCGMC’s Artistic Director. “In GENERATION Y, we examine what makes Millennials unique from previous generations, and also what they have in common.” GENERATION Y features a mix of standards and contemporary music by Coldplay, Alanis Morissette, Goo Goo Dolls and Fun.

“TYLER’S SUITE” features new music from composers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin); John Bucchino (A Catered Affair); Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing!); Craig Carnelia (Sweet Smell of Success); John Corigliano (Academy Award winner for The Red Violin); Nolan Gasser; and Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking); and lyricists Lance Horne and Pamela Stewart.

Starting with the world premiere by San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in 2014, “TYLER’S SUITE” has been performed around the country by the six other co-commissioning choruses, including Windy City Gay Chorus in Chicago, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, Turtle Creek Chorale in Dallas, Texas and Seattle Men’s Chorus.

Tickets range from $39-$65 and are available online at www.nycgmc.org, by phone at 1-212-220-1460, and in person at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Box Office, 199 Chambers Street.

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus’ 2014-2015 season is made possible with the generous support of The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and NeXT Magazine.

Listing information:

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus presents Generation Y, featuring the NYC premiere of Tyler’s Suite, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8pm, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts, 199 Chambers Street between Greenwich and West Streets. By Subway, take A, C, 1, 2, 3, J, M to Chambers Street, or R to City Hall and walk west on Chambers Street. By Bus, M20 and M22 stop outside BMCC campus. Tickets range from $39-$65 and are available online at www.nycgmc.org, by phone at 1-212-220-1460, and in person at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Box Office.

DOWNLOADING HIGH-RES PHOTOS: Images of NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS and ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY can be downloaded from http://www.nycgmc.org/about/media-kit/.

Big Apple Performing Arts serves as an umbrella organization that provides resources and coordinates LGBTQ identified performing groups. Within these groups, members unite to entertain, educate and advocate through the power of the performing arts. Current groups include New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating its 35th Anniversary and is one of the oldest and possibly the most well-known chorus in the LGBTQ choral movement. NYCGMC’s commitment to equality for LGBTQ citizens is matched by their commitment to fabulous singing, and their musicianship and professionalism has connected with audiences all over the New York area and across the globe.

Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. A born entertainer, her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on six of Barbra Streisand’s recent CD’s. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll to name a few.

The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies. Through educational partnerships, research, public dialogues and awareness programs, TCF fosters empathetic, constructive discussions of respect and dignity for youth and families, at all levels of society. We envision a world that embraces all members of society with human dignity and unconditional love regardless of sexual orientation or differences, real or perceived. Visit www.tylerclementifoundation.org for more information.

 

To make a tax deductible donation or find out more about the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, visit www.nycgmc.org or contact Jason Cannon, Interim Executive Director, at 212-344-1777, ext. 1 or jcannon@bapany.org.

 

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Betty Buckley to headline HARMONY, Big Apple Performing Arts’ annual gala benefiting NYCGMC and YPC

Betty Buckley to headline Harmony, Big Apple Performing Arts’ annual Gala benefiting New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Marquee New York

New York, NY– May 12, 2015– On Tuesday, May 26th, Big Apple Performing Arts (BAPA) will host Harmony, the annual gala event benefiting New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) and Youth Pride Chorus (YPC). The event will be held at Marquee New York. Tony Award winner Betty Buckley will guest star. Members of NYCGMC and YPC will also perform.

This year’s event will feature the inauguration of the Gary Miller Award for contributions to the New York Queer Arts, and will honor NYCGMC founding conductor Gary Miller as the first recipient of the eponymous award.

“This year, Harmony will celebrate the past, present, and future of the organization,” said Jason Sirois, BAPA Board Chair. “There is no better way to reflect on NYCGMC’s 35th anniversary than to honor the conductor who started it all. We’re thrilled to be joined by Betty Buckley, who has performed with the chorus a number of times. We’re delighted that YPC will be here to ignite the crowd with their sparkle and energy.”

The evening includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a live auction with one of a kind experiences and vacation packages in a wide range of bidding levels. The auction will be led by the popular team of auctioneer CK Swett and the acclaimed drag performer Ms. Ermine Muff. Celebrated New York DJ Bill Coleman will spin.

VIP tickets, which include a champagne reception and reserved seating for entertainment are $275 each or $1,250 for a group of five. General admission tickets are $175 each or $750 for a group of five.

Listing information:
Harmony
Big Apple Performing Arts gala benefiting the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus
Honoring Gary Miller, founding conductor of NYCGMC
Starring Betty Buckley, Featuring CK Swett, Ms. Ermine Muff, and DJ Bill Coleman
Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, VIP Champagne Reception at 6:00pm
Marquee New York, 289 10th Ave (on the corner of 27th Street)
$175 General Admission | $750 Group of Five
$275 for VIP Admission | $1,250 VIP Group of Five
Admission includes Hors d’oeuvres, Open Bar and Performances
VIP admission also includes champagne reception with honorees, meet & greet with Ms. Buckley, and reserved seating for performances.

Host committee members: Gary Boston and Dr. Charles Lee; Rick Clodfelter and Rich Murray; Scott Davenport and Bradley Dodson; Steven Filenbaum and Matthew Woolf, CFP; Michael Goldstein; The Willis Goodmoore Family; James Matte and J. Christopher Beck; Dominic Paolillo and Itai Eithan Shmir; Kevin Sterns and Charles Skowren. Next generation host committee members: David Boyd; Donovan Jones and Nick Deyo; Eugene Lovendusky and Jason Huber; D. Brendan Marchesani.

DOWNLOAD PHOTO: Images can be downloaded from http://www.nycgmc.org/about/media-kit/

Betty Buckley, who has been called “The Voice of Broadway,” is one of theater’s most respected and legendary leading ladies. She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She most recently was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for 2012.

Betty Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in TRIUMPH OF LOVE, and an Olivier Award nomination for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.

Her other Broadway credits include 1776, PIPPIN, SONG AND DANCE, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD and CARRIE. Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of Horton Foote’s THE OLD FRIENDS for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination in 2014, WHITE’S LIES, Lincoln Center’s ELEGIES, the original NYSF production of EDWIN DROOD, THE EROS TRILOGY, JUNO’S SWAN and GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON, THE ROAD. Regional credits include THE PERFECTIONIST, GYPSY, The THREEPENNY OPERA, CAMINO REAL, BUFFALO GAL, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and THE OLD FRIENDS. She starred in the London production of DEAR WORLD in 2013 and PROMISES, PROMISES.

Big Apple Performing Arts serves as an umbrella organization that provides resources and coordinates LGBTQ identified performing groups. Within these groups, members unite to entertain, educate and advocate through the power of the performing arts.

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating its 35th Anniversary and is one of the oldest and possibly the most well-known chorus in the LGBTQ choral movement. NYCGMC’s commitment to equality for LGBTQ citizens is matched by their commitment to fabulous singing, and their musicianship and professionalism has connected with audiences all over the New York area and across the globe.

Youth Pride Chorus harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change. YPC refuses homophobia, bullying, and all forms of hate by boldly asserting the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s youth. YPC singers discover their own power by empowering others in schools, online, and in the general public through electrifying performances of the highest caliber.

CK Swett, a California native and Duke University graduate, began his career in the art auction world in 2006 and joined Phillips in 2011 where, among many responsibilities, he serves as a licensed art auctioneer. Through his charity auction volunteerism he has helped raise over $10 million for more than 100 charitable foundations, with causes ranging from orphans in Malawi and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, to public schools in Manhattan and the American Cancer Society. Hailed by The New York Times as having, “managed to shake up the staid world of auctioneering,” CK set the world auction record for boxing memorabilia in February 2012, selling the gloves Muhammad Ali wore during his 1965 fight against Floyd Patterson for $1.1 million on behalf of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Ms. Ermine Muff (of the Connecticut Muffs)–Socialite, reformed debutante and housewife, Ms. Muff is best known as the spouse of the late billionaire furrier, Mr. Eaton Muff, whose famous ad campaign, “Pass the cold Connecticut winters by slipping into an Eaton Muff… Eaton Muff Furriers of Bridgeport,” is known globally. Tragically, Mr. Muff died as a volunteer for a knife throwing act while attending a supper club. Ms. Muff now fills her widowed days with philanthropic endeavors, specifically that of fundraising for the LBGT community.

DJ Bill Coleman / Peace Bisquit– Multi-faceted DJ, producer, remixer, music supervisor, performer, recording artist, writer and influential tastemaker Bill Coleman is renowned for his eclectic taste, acute ear and diverse musical expertise. As owner of Brooklyn-based Peace Bisquit, Coleman along with Angelo “Pepe” Skordos, Erin Fairman and Jamie Brundage represent an array of genre-defying artists, producers and songwriters and incorporates A&R consultancy, music supervision, sound design and a record company. As a DJ and sound designer, Bill Coleman is adept at mixing a musical tapestry of varied genres. The much in-demand maestro has sound designed for various fashion shows, art installations and special events sponsored by Nike, Radiohead, Kangol, Vogue, AOL, Marc Bouwer, DIFFA, The Brand New Heavies, World Of Wonder, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Russell Simmons, Imogen Heap, 2-Xist and Bloomingdales.

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If you would like more information, please contact Jason Cannon at (212) 344-1777 ext 1 or email at jcannon@bapany.org.

Farewell Joan

Joan Rivers was a huge fan and supporter of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. This past weekend, we were honored to help farewell this great woman, mother, comedian, pioneer, and LGBT advocate.

From the early 1990s to today, we have called Joan a dear friend. We performed with her at Town Hall, on her talk show, and at her holiday open houses. We sang at Melissa’s wedding. Joan hosted our annual fundraiser and stepped in to host one of our concerts at the last minute when the original host became ill.

Joan Rivers with the NYCGMC

We were invited by Joan to sing at her Holiday party.

Joan was a fearless advocate for LGBT rights, way before it was in vogue. She raised an enormous amount of money for people living with HIV, and was both insistent and vocal about gay people’s right to marry.

We will miss her wit, warmth, fierce tongue, fiery spirit, and huge heart.
Joan, your chorus will never forget you.

Here are some links to Joan’s amazing send-off, which was–of course–in true Joan Rivers style.

NYCGMC Sing At Joan’s funeral

NYC Gay Men’s Chorus Celebrate Joan Rivers on Access Hollywood

New York Times

CBS New York

CNN

E! Online

Entertainment Tonight

BBC

People Magazine

Perez Hilton

Four Choirs and a Cathedral: An LGBTQ Choral Celebration

NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS presents

Four Choirs and a Cathedral:

An LGBTQ Choral Celebration

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 8 P.M. AT

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

 

New York, New York – April 28, 2014 – Join New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) as we kick off Pride Month with a groundbreaking first-ever combined performance by all four New York City LGBTQ choirs. Set in the spectacular and iconic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, some of the finest singers in the city – from every corner of the LGBT community – present a diverse and innovative program that spans styles, traditions and time periods.

 

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is joined by: The Stonewall Chorale, the nation’s first Lesbian and Gay chorus;Empire City Men’s Chorus, NYC’s only predominantly gay men’s ensemble dedicated to the performance of classical music;and Lavender Light, The Black and People of All Colors Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir.

 

The program will include pop, classic, gospel, show tunes and blues by noted composers including Stephen Sondheim, Eric Whitacre, Jason Robert Brown, and Phillip Phillips. The night is going to be full of surprises as over 250 singers fill the amazing space with music, unity, and love. “We’re going to audibly light up the Cathedral with this innovative and radically joyful performance. It’s long overdue for these diverse groups of singers to come together in unity and song,” said Dr. Charles Beale, NYCGMC’s Artistic Director. “I am absolutely delighted to be working with all four of these amazing ensembles that truly represent LGBT history – and future.”

 

Tickets range from $29-$49 and are available online at nycgmc.org, by phone at Ovation Tickets: 1-866-441-9962,andin person at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Saturday May 31, 2014 at 7PM.

 

 

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus’ 2013-2014 season is made possible with the generous support of The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Next Magazine.

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Listing information:

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus presents Four Choirs and a Cathedral: An LGBTQ Choral Celebration, Saturday, May 31, 2014, The Cathedral is located at 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, one block east of Broadway. By subway, take the 1, B, or C Train to the 110th Street / Cathedral Parkway station. By bus take the M4, M60, or M104 to Broadway at 112th Street or the M11 to Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. Tickets range from $29-$49 and are available online at nycgmc.org, by phone at Ovation Tickets: 1-866-441-9962,andin person at The Cathedral, Saturday May 31, 2014 at 7PM.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

PETER CRISWELL, Executive Director, Big Apple Performing Arts

212-344-1777, pcriswell@bapany.org

DOWNLOADING HIGH-RES PHOTOS: Images of NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS can be downloaded from http://nycgmc.org/about/media-kit/.

 

Big Apple Performing Arts serves as an umbrella organization that provides resources and coordinates LGBTQ identified performing groups. Within these groups, members unite to entertain, educate and advocate through the power of the performing arts. Current groups include New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.

 

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a musical organization that sings fabulously and celebrates the joy and power of music. It provides a safe and inclusive space where singers can grow through performance and social interaction, and it campaigns unceasingly for equality and justice for the LGBTQ community, forging alliances to make our voices heard.

 

Youth Pride Chorus harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change. YPC refuses homophobia, bullying, and all forms of hate by boldly asserting the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s youth. YPC singers discover their own power by empowering others in schools, online, and in the general public through electrifying performances of the highest caliber.

 

The Stonewall Chorale, founded in New York City in 1977, is America’s first gay and lesbian chorus. The Chorale, a four-part mixed chorus of approximately 60 members, annually performs three subscription concerts at various venues in New York City. Its repertoire ranges from great classical works to contemporary pieces by cutting edge composers

 

Founded in 1993, the Empire City Men’s Chorus is celebrating its 21st season of performances in New York City. ECMC was initially formed by members of the gay community who were interested in creating a male chorus featuring an eclectic multilingual repertoire of predominantly classical music. For the past 21 years, the ECMC has consistently presented concerts which boast a wide variety of well-known composers and newly commissioned works with a classical sensibility.

 

Founded in 1985, Lavender Light is a mixed chorus (women and men). Although the group encompasses many ethnic and spiritual backgrounds, the choir provides a special ministry to black lesbians and gays, who have historically been pressured by their communities to choose between their blackness and their gayness. Our repertoire includes gospel (old and new), spirituals, and anthems. We produce two full concerts a year and frequently appear as guests at community functions from church services to Gay Pride rallies.

 

 

Big Gay Sing 6: Club Night Out!

NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS presents

BIG GAY SING 6: Club Night Out!

WITH GUEST STAR MUSIC LEGEND Martha Wash

Come sing-a-long with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus

Enter the Big Gay Idol Competition to Win a Solo with the Chorus

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 and SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 8 P.M. AT NYU’s SKIRBALL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

PETER CRISWELL, Executive Director, Big Apple Performing Arts

 212-344-1777, pcriswell@bapany.org

New York, New York – February 13, 2014 – Following five years of sell-out performances, New York’s favorite gay choristers, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC), are bringing their hugely successful Big Gay Sing back to audiences, promising an even bigger, gayer and more fabulous extravaganza than the first five combined. Big Gay Sing 6: Club Night Out! will feature sing-a-long club classics from 1970s disco to present day, guest starring club icon and Grammy-nominated music legend Martha Wash: The Original Weather Girl! The Queen of Clubland was there from the beginning, and has had six dance songs peaking at number one on the American Billboard Charts and a further three dance songs peaking at number two. Guests are encouraged to come dressed for a club night out in the era of their choice.

 

Throughout the show, lyrics will be projected on a screen above the chorus. Audience members are encouraged to ‘follow the bouncing ball’ and sing along. Hot club hits by Daft Punk, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pink and Rihanna, mix with club classics by ABBA, Cher, Scissor Sisters, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston and many more. These favorites will set the scene for a campy fun evening that encourages everyone to channel their inner disco queen.

 

Tickets range from $45-$65 and are available online at nycgmc.org, by phone at Ovation Tickets: 212.352.3101, and in person at NYU Skirball Center, Tuesday-Saturday 12noon-6:00pm.

 

For anyone of any orientation who’s ever wanted to sing on a New York stage, the popular Big Gay Idol competition returns this year, allowing aspiring singers to compete to sing a solo with the Chorus at the concert!  Entrants are asked to submit a video audition by March 5th, 2014. Finalists will perform in the concert competing for the opportunity to sing Gloria Gaynor’s smash hit, “I Will Survive,” with the handsome men of NYCGMC as the ultimate back-up singers! The audience will vote on the winners. Complete details are available on the NYCGMC website.

 

“New York is a city of singers and we are offering a glamorous and glittery evening where everyone can let out their inner diva,” said Charlie Beale, NYCGMC’s Artistic Director. “We’ll have a mix of current top chart hits, diva medleys, Idol contestants, a full house of fabulous New Yorkers, and of course, more than a little campy humor.” Beale adds, “Big Gay Sing 6 is SO gay; it will make Kinky Boots look like a NASCAR race.”

 

NYCGMC will also hold a pay-what-you-like preview performance of BGS6 on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2p.m. in The Crystal Ballroom of The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ. At pre-show and intermission the chorus  will hold a fundraising silent auction with amazing items from theater companies, arts organizations, restaurants, businesses, and LGBT-owned and operated establishments.

 

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus’ 2013-2014 season is made possible with the generous support of American Airlines, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Next Magazine.

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Listing information:

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus presents Big Gay Sing 6,  Friday, March 14th and Saturday, March 15th, 2014, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU (566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square South). Via Subway: take the N/R/W to 8th Street, the A/C/E/B/D/F to West 4th. Tickets range from $42-$67 and are available online at nycgmc.org, by Phone at Ovation Tickets: 212.352.3101, and in person at NYU Skirball Center, Tuesday-Saturday 12noon-6:00pm.

 

DOWNLOADING HIGH-RES PHOTOS: Images of NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS and MARTHA WASH can be downloaded from http://nycgmc.org/about/media-kit/.

 

MARTHA WASH is a music legend, spanning genres from pop and dance to R&B, and is responsible for some of the most celebrated music to ever hit the airwaves. With a career lasting more than three decades and including two Grammy nominations, she is no stranger to No. 1 hits, as the voice behind tracks like “It’s Raining Men,” “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” and “Carry On.”

 

Big Apple Performing Arts serves as an umbrella organization that provides resources and coordinates LGBTQ identified performing groups. Within these groups, members unite to entertain, educate and advocate through the power of the performing arts. Current groups include New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.

 

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a musical organization that sings fabulously and celebrates the joy and power of music. It provides a safe and inclusive space where singers can grow through performance and social interaction, and it campaigns unceasingly for equality and justice for the LGBTQ community, forging alliances to make our voices heard.

 

Youth Pride Chorus harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change. YPC refuses homophobia, bullying, and all forms of hate by boldly asserting the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s youth. YPC singers discover their own power by empowering others in schools, online, and in the general public through electrifying performances of the highest caliber.

Carolee Carmello headlines Big Apple Performing Arts’ 13th annual gala, Harmony

For immediate Release:

Media Contact:
Peter Criswell
212 344-1777
pcriswell@bapany.org

 

Broadway star Carolee Carmello headlines Big Apple Performing Arts’ 13th annual gala, Harmony, benefiting the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus & Youth Pride Chorus

New York, NY – January 23, 2014 – On Wednesday February 19th generous supporters will come together to celebrate the mission of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) and Youth Pride Chorus (YPC) of promoting equality through the power of song. Harmony, now in its 13th year, will be held at Affirmation Arts, a luxury venue located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards. Three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello will guest star at this year’s gala. Members of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) and Youth Pride Chorus (YPC) will also perform.

The evening includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, high-end silent auction items, and a live auction filled with vacation packages in a wide range of bidding levels. The auction will be led by effervescent auctioneer CK Swett and assisted by acclaimed drag performer Ms. Ermine Muff. Hot New York DJ Bill Coleman will spin his musical magic.

VIP tickets, which include a pre-event champagne reception and meet & greet with Ms. Carmello are $275 each or $1,250 for a group of five. General admission tickets are $175 each or $750 for a group of five.

“Harmony is a great night out and a chance for the LGBT community and our allies to join with us and advocate for equality through song,” said Peter Criswell, Executive Director of Big Apple Performing Arts, home of NYCGMC and YPC. “We are thrilled to be joined by Broadway powerhouse Carolee Carmello. The evening will be filled with entertaining music, delicious food and drink, and wonderful people all supporting a great cause.”

Listing information:
Harmony
A musical gala benefiting the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., VIP Champagne Reception at 6:00 p.m.
Affirmation Arts, 523 W 37th Street (between 10th/11th Avenues)

Starring Carolee Carmello, Featuring Ms. Ermine Muff and DJ Bill Coleman
$175 General Admission | $750 Group of Five
$275 for VIP Admission | $1,250 VIP Group of Five
Admission includes Hors d’oeuvres, Open Bar and Performances
VIP admission also includes Champagne Reception, Meet & Greet with Ms. Carmello and Reserved Seating for the Main Performance
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit nycgmc.org or call 212-344-1777 x 1.

DOWNLOAD PHOTO: Images can be downloaded from http://nycgmc.org/about/media-kit/.

CAROLEE CARMELLO has played leading roles in 12 Broadway musicals, including her recent Tony-nominated performance in Scandalous, where she portrayed the infamous evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson.  Broadway audiences also saw Carolee as Mother Superior in Sister Act, as Mrs. Beineke in The Addams Family (for which she received a Drama Desk nomination and an Outer Critics Circle nomination), as Donna in Mamma Mia!, as Gabrielle in Lestat (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), as Ms. Pennywise in Urinetown, as Kate in Kiss Me Kate, as Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel, as Lucille Frank in Parade (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award), as Abigail Adams in 1776, as Cordelia in Falsettos, and as Oolie in City of Angels.  Her Off-Broadway shows include:  john and jen, Das Barbecü, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Hello Again (Obie Award), A Class Act, The Vagina Monologues, and Elegies.  Ms. Carmello has been seen on television in “Smash,” “Law and Order,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” and “Remember W.E.N.N.” (SAG Award nomination).  Her concert appearances have taken her across America and Europe, including engagements at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall. 

Big Apple Performing Arts serves as an umbrella organization that provides resources and coordinates LGBTQ identified performing groups. Within these groups, members unite to entertain, educate and advocate through the power of the performing arts.

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a musical organization that sings fabulously and celebrates the joy and power of music. It provides a safe and inclusive space where singers can grow through performance and social interaction, and it campaigns unceasingly for equality and justice for the LGBTQ community, forging alliances to make our voices heard.

Youth Pride Chorus harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change. YPC refuses homophobia, bullying, and all forms of hate by boldly asserting the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s youth. YPC singers discover their own power by empowering others in schools, online, and in the general public through electrifying performances of the highest caliber.

CK Swett, a California native and Duke University graduate, began his career in the art auction world in 2006 and joined Phillips in 2011 where, among many responsibilities, he serves as a licensed art auctioneer. Through his charity auction volunteerism he has helped raise over $10 million for more than 100 charitable foundations, with causes ranging from orphans in Malawi and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, to public schools in Manhattan and the American Cancer Society. Hailed by The New York Times as having, “managed to shake up the staid world of auctioneering,” CK set the world auction record for boxing memorabilia in February 2012, selling the gloves Muhammad Ali wore during his 1965 fight against Floyd Patterson for $1.1 million on behalf of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. CK feels fortunate to have the opportunity to not only volunteer his services for such important endeavors, but also to represent both his company and his line of work as a force for good. When not convincing bidders to raise their paddle one last time or sitting at his desk writing sales proposals, he is often found swimming, reading the New Yorker, or singing enthusiastically off-key.

Ms. Ermine Muff (of the Connecticut Muffs)–Socialite, reformed debutante and housewife, Ms. Muff is best known as the spouse of the late billionaire furrier, Mr. Eaton Muff, whose famous ad campaign, “Pass the cold Connecticut winters by slipping into an Eaton Muff…  Eaton Muff Furriers of Bridgeport,” is known globally. Tragically, Mr. Muff died as a volunteer for a knife throwing act while attending a supper club. Ms. Muff now fills her widowed days with philanthropic endeavors, specifically that of fundraising for the LBGT community such as the NYC Trinity Place Shelter for LGBT Youth, The Upper Delaware GLBT Center, The Shed Project, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, AIDS Walk New York, and the American Cancer Society. She has performed and collaborated with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, the Imperial Court of New York, Wigsticks, and the Connecticut Diabetes Foundation. Ms. Muff urges everyone to consider giving generously to the LGBT community either monetarily or through volunteerism.

DJ Bill Coleman / Peace Bisquit– Multi-faceted DJ, producer, remixer, music supervisor, performer, recording artist, writer and influential tastemaker Bill Coleman is renowned for his eclectic taste, acute ear and diverse musical expertise. The tireless “renaissance man” has enjoyed success as a revered music journalist, has written a music column for NYC style rag PAPER, sat on the initial editorial board for OUT Magazine and freelanced for numerous international media outlets. As owner of Brooklyn-based Peace Bisquit, Coleman along with Angelo “Pepe” Skordos, Erin Fairman and Jamie Brundage represent an array of genre-defying artists, producers and songwriters and incorporates A&R consultancy, music supervision, sound design and a record company. As a DJ and sound designer, Bill Coleman is adept at mixing a musical tapestry of varied genres. The much in-demand maestro has sound designed for various fashion shows, art installations and special events sponsored by Nike, Radiohead, Kangol, Vogue, AOL, Marc Bouwer, DIFFA, The Brand New Heavies, World Of Wonder, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Russell Simmons, Imogen Heap, 2-Xist and Bloomingdales. Besides heading up his own popular NYC performance troupe called Daisy Spurs, Bill also finds time to be a member of Grammy winner Jody Watley’s touring band!