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PGMC continues gay song cycle with ’Metamorphosis’

by Lewis Whittington
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Thursday Mar 29, 2012
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Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus innovative programming under choral director Joe Buches make it very personal for their upcoming "Changes in Good Time" concert this week at the Prince Theater.

The chorus will sing about shared experiences as gay men -- self-identity, love and acceptance, as well as how the chorus brings them together with the community.

Buches conceived the show around PGMC’s premiere of "Metamorphosis," the third installment of the song cycle by Robert Seeley and Robert Espindola.


Gay historical themes

The first "Naked Men" debuted in PGMC’s 20th anniversary, followed by "Exile" unveiled at their 25th. PGMC has 125 members, and 85 singers will be performing for this show.

"Metamorphosis" has themes of gay history and spirit, will accompany a dance piece choreographed by Zane Booker and Rashaan Jackson, which will be performed by members of members of Smoke, Lilies & Jade.

Booker has created works for many US and international dance companies. He founded SL&J Arts Initiative in 2006 as a multi-media dance troupe and part of his vision is to make his company a creative outlet to explore the African-American, LGBT- HIV/AIDS experience.


Touches on heavy subjects

"Really powerful dance piece by this troupe," Buches said in a phone interview this week. The second section of the show "Changes," with about 85-chorus members singing, also delves in various heavy subjects.

"There’s one song about a man whose lover has died and he is packing up all of his belongings and dealing with moving on.

Another song "Kicked in the Gut"’ is about the first realization that you are gay... it just takes you through some common gay experiences."

One other song touches upon most gay men’s experiences. "There is this really cool arrangement of ’Over the Rainbow,’" he added.

PGMC has stepped up their visibility, they were featured on NBC10 TV this week with the announcement that they will be singing at the high profile opening of the Barnes Foundation art museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway later this spring.

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus performs "Changes: In Good Time" on March 30, March 31, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia, PA. the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus website.


Lewis Whittington writes about the performing arts and gay politics for several publications.

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