Carnaval!: Latin Music from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
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The last date listed for Carnaval! was Sunday April 2, 2006 / 3:00pm.
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Gay Men’s chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) presents the second concert of their 27th season, Carnaval!, a celebration of the music and sizzle of Latin America, with Dr. Bruce Mayhall conducting for his fifth season as Artistic Director. This concert features the music the chorus will be performing on its upcoming tour of South America this Fall.
Carnaval! has the Chorus celebrating the Latin rhythms, music and culture that are such a part of the fabric of Los Angeles. The Alex Theatre will be filled with South American color, song and dance and our audiences will hear the music of all the Americas – samba, folk tunes, spirituals and of course, there will be tango!
“As we continue our 27th season, we bring to Los Angeles the music of the Americas, both North and South, in a concert that is as diversified as the city in which we perform,” comments Dr. Bruce Mayhall, Artistic Director of GMCLA. “In anticipation of our historic upcoming trip to South America, we will perform many songs from or influenced by Latin American culture. We will also perform some Chorus favorites for a concert that will present a fully rounded GMCLA experience to our friends South of the border as well as here at home. I know our subscribers and audiences are going to be thrilled with this concert which will be one of the most sizzling and memorable events that we have ever presented.”
Dr. Bruce Mayhall (Artistic Director) continues his fifth year at the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles where season subscriptions and chorus membership are at an all-time high.
The Chorus has soared to new heights with television appearances on Mad TV, Will and Grace and Six Feet Under, release of four compact disks (They Had It Coming, Jerry’s Boys: the Music of Jerry Herman, Red, White and Blues: An American Music Celebration and The Best of Times, a recording of the Chorus’ debut performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall), appearances with Lily Tomlin, Jerry Herman, Nancy Dussault, Malcolm Gets, Joanna Gleason, Marilynn Lovell Matz, Susan Egan, Jane Lanier, Vox Femina Los Angeles, Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, the Southeast Symphony Orchestra and the Chinese Classical Music Ensemble.
The Chorus concerts feature production values that rival Broadway theatre and musical choices that range from Monteverdi to Elton John.
Dr. Mayhall has musical degrees from Harding University, Ohio University and the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Ohio Valley College, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Nevada, Reno. He currently teaches graduate conducting students at California State University Los Angeles. Mayhall now makes his home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles.
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.