Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC gives "Red & Greene" Concert for Holidays at GWU

We all remember the typical colors for holidays, and they overlap. Red and green for Christmas; orange and black for Halloween;  red or pink and white for Valentine’s; red, white and blue for the 4th; maybe yellow for Easter, nothing with purple (maybe Gay Pride Day – lavender).  You need to cover the Rainbow spectrum.
So this weekend, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC hosts its “Red and Greene” concert at Lisner, link here

The Greene is in fact soloist Ellen Greene, who alternates (singing with a cello soloist Stephen Erdody), the Rock Creek Singers, and the full 200-member male chorus, which donned many outfits, changing quickly. 

The highlights came in the second half. The GMCW sung “A Nutcracker’s Christmas” by Dan Goggin and Tom Sarsany, with eight nuns (echoing Broadway’s “Sister Act”, reviewed here Dec. 1).   There were some lyrics to the effect, "It's better [or "more blessed"] to give than to receive".  I can imagine what some of my Army buddies at Fort Eustis (back in 1969 -- but they more or less knew I was gay) would make of this.  At the end, there was a Winter Party – a White Party, literally, as to the uniforms – with seventeen dancers in mild gender bending.  The Party included a rendition of Lady Gaga's "Born this Way".

The number “Red & Greene” opened, by Marvin Hamisch and Rick East.

Christian Klilovits conducted.

At the beginning of the concert, three DC area high schools with students in attendance were mentioned. One of these was West Potomac High School, in Fairfax County, south of Alexandria. I've discussed my own experiences there on the main "BillBoushka" blog July 27, 2007 and the Issues Blog Nov. 14, 2010.

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