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2 Star Starred
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
540 South Commonwealth Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90020
213-385-1341
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Victor
Wierd setting of seats but comp tickets so that was a bargain.
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Free Parking Accross Venue
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60 stars
attended Mar 25 2012

The Chorus was in fine voice. The venue and organ were spectacular. The guest vocalist, Levy, left something to be desired - he just didn't connect with the audience, the chorus, or his songs.

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http://www.gmcla.org/

Description

GMCLA Artistic Director E. Jason Armstrong conducts an eclectic program of organ and choral music. Among the compelling classical offerings are Tormis’ Laulja (The Singer), an ode for men’s chorus, organ and percussion; John Tavener’s Song For Athene, composed in 1993 and performed at the funeral of Princess Diana; and Duruflé’s lush Sanctus (from Requiem).  Juxtaposing them are such rock anthems as Eli’s Comin’ by Laura Nyro, arranged by Bill Bowersock; Eleanor Rigby by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, arranged by Marshall Webb; __Bohemian Rhapsody by __Freddie Mercury, arranged by Steven Landau; and (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith and Raynard Miner, arranged by Bill Bowersock.  Levi Kreis is featured on the gospel song His Eye Is On The Sparrow.  John West is highlighted on Widor’s lively tour de force Toccata (from Symphony for Organ No. 5).

GMCLA is celebrating its 33rd season as one of the country’s most influential men’s choirs, having performed for two sitting U.S. presidents, on national television, toured internationally, and released 15 CDs.  The Chorus is dedicated to promoting civil rights, tolerance and acceptance through music.

About the Ticket Supplier: Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

Hailed by the LA Times as “one of the last important links to a glorious tradition in music,” Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has been a notable part of Southern California for almost thirty-five years. Formed in 1979 as a completely volunteer effort of 99 men, GMCLA has doubled in size, gained professional artistic and administrative staff, toured internationally, released fifteen compact discs, and appeared with numerous stage, film, and television celebrities like Lily Tomlin, Melissa Manchester, Jerry Herman, Valarie Pettiford and LeAnn Rimes.

Among the many “firsts” of this dynamic arts organization, GMCLA was the first gay ensemble to perform for a sitting U.S. President (both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama); the first openly gay performers to be broadcast over Russian television in 1999; the first gay chorus to tour central Europe (1991) and South America (2006), created the original musical “It Gets Better”to combat anti-LGBT bullying (currently on a U.S. tour), and recently performed at the Academy Awards.

In addition to their vocal excellence, GMCLA wows audiences with their uniquely theatrical and inventive productions, performing three major concerts each season. They bring their music education program, Alive Music Project, to high school students across Los Angeles to build bridges between all communities by sharing music and their personal stories. GMCLA sings for a future free from homophobia and discrimination of all kinds.