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Ithaca, NY – On Sunday, February 26, the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus (IGMC) will perform “Mister Act, IGMC gets into the Habit” at 3:00 PM in the First Baptist Church, located in Ithaca’s historic Dewitt Park at 309 North Cayuga Street. (This concert was originally scheduled for Sunday, 2/12 and for extenuating circumstances was postponed.)
This concert will include a variety of Broadway musical numbers from shows including: The Sound of Music, Songs for a New World, Sister Act, Wicked, Next to Normal and more. This winter concert gives the chorus an opportunity to highlight small group numbers, solos and full chorus selections, and performances by guest artists. Guests in this concert will be local singers Ellen Jackson and Nick Roscoe. Both have been seen many times with a variety of Ithaca performing groups.
The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus seeks to unite, educate, and inspire our audiences and members through high-quality choral music set for the male voice. Men of all orientations welcome!
The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus can be found on the ICC website at www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IthacaGayMensChorus. Open rehearsals are held at the First Baptist Church on Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus is a non-auditioning ensemble. If you are interested in joining the chorus, or would like more information, you may contact the group by email at email@example.com.
Proceeds from the concert will go towards the chorus’ annual operating expenses, which include the purchase of music, rights to perform certain pieces, and compensation for their talented professional staff.
Sam Kwan continues as director for this concert. Sam holds degree in the Music Education and Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. As a junior Sam taught at the Immaculate Conception School under the mentorship of Dr. Emily Mason and Mr. Michael Roddy. Sam has studied choral conducting, rehearsal techniques, and repertoire under the mentorship of Dr. Derrick Fox and Dr. Janet Galván. While at Ithaca College, Ms. Kwan sung in three main-stage operas and a handful of student-run and community operas. In 2015 she appeared as Aunt Cecilia March in Ithaca College’s production of Adamo’s Little Women.
IGMC was founded in 2009 and first appeared as a guest of the VOICES Multi-Cultural Chorus. VOICES and IGMC are members of Ithaca Community Choruses (ICC), an organization providing opportunities for Tompkins County residents to perform in professionally directed choral groups. The group is the only inclusive all-male choral group in Ithaca, proudly recognizing the talents of both straight and gay men in their ensemble.
IGMC performs regularly throughout the community and has received grants from the Community Arts Partnership. Now in its eighth season the chorus has performed at Cornell, the Kitchen Theatre, Planned Parenthood of Corning NY, Porchfest, the Ithaca Festival, at the 30th anniversary of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, numerous Ithaca senior care facilities, the AIDS Ride for Life, and the Little Apple Follies talent show to name a few. IGMC performs at fundraisers, special events, and private weddings throughout the community. The chorus would like to thank the First Baptist Church of Ithaca for providing rehearsal and performance space since its inception.
A donation of $15 is suggested at the door. The chorus appreciates the generous support of concertgoers and various businesses and organizations throughout the community.
The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus can be found on the ICC website at www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IthacaGayMensChorus. Open rehearsals are held at the First Baptist Church on Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. If you are interested in joining the chorus or would like more information, you may contact the group by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.