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The Thunderer, Sousa

Danse Bacchanalle, Saint Saens

Pines of Rome, Respighi

La Cage Aux Folles, Herman

Festive Overture, Shoshtakovich

West Side Story, Bernstein

Allegro Scherzando: A Celebration, Adler

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps is one of the founding members of the international gay band movement. Born 10 years after the Stonewall riots, it was only the third such band in the United States.The spark for this novel idea came at the same time as the First National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. As New Yorkers prepared for the rally, two gay musicians, Nancy Corporon and Bob Wolff, had a dream of their own, inspired by Jon Sims, a San Francisco musician credited with founding the gay band movement. Soon flyers appeared all over Christopher Street asking musicians to get their instruments out of the closet and join the ranks of a very special new band. Only one year later, that band would become the first openly gay and lesbian musical organization to perform at Lincoln Center.

Today, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps stands as one of the most diverse and talented community ensembles in New York City. Our 70-person symphonic band performs several concerts each year, delighting audiences with a mix of original works for band, classical transcriptions, show-tunes, popular favorites, and more. In February we made our acclaimed ensemble debut in concert at Carnegie Hall. Our award-winning marching band has thrilled millions in parades and festivals from coast to coast. As a member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA), we had the honor of marching in President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade, the first LGBT organization ever to receive such an invitation.

Symphonic director Brian P. Worsdale is a conductor, educator and instrumentalist. He is the founder and conductor of the award-winning ISO Symphonic Band, now in its 14th season. Mr. Worsdale is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Delaware County, New York. There he leads the Symphony Orchestra and various musical productions while overseeing one of the most comprehensive performing arts programs in the United States. Other conducting engagements included adjunct faculty for Wagner College Theater and conductor for Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Mr. Worsdale has worked with a great variety of artists including members of the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Glenn Egner, Marcus Rojas, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Jamie Bernstein Thomas, Julie Wilson, The Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Gregg Whiteside, and countless others. He has appeared as guest conductor with a variety of ensembles and at district/county music festivals throughout the USA and abroad including: Experience the Music (sponsored by Bands of American) of Indianapolis, The Royal Spa Brass Band and City of Coventry Youth Orchestras (UK), The Kilkenny Youth Orchestra (Eire), The Bergen Youth Orchestra (NJ), and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.

Guest soloist James Adler has been described as a pianist who “can create whatever type of music he wants at the keyboard” (Chicago Sun-Times). An equally-renowned composer, Mr. Adler’s extensive list of compositions is headed by Memento mori: An AIDS Requie, “a unique, well-crafted, emotionally rich piece” (American Record Guide). Mr. Adler made his orchestral performing debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has appeared in recital on the Orchestra’s Allied Arts Piano Series. Other highlights include appearances on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series at the Chicago Cultural Center; featured soloist performances at Alice Tully Hall; and a special London orchestral performance at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast by the BBC. A native of Chicago, James Adler is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. A member of the Fine Arts Department faculty at Saint Peter’s College (where he has also served as choral director), he has adjudicated at national and international music competitions and is the recipient of an award from ASCAP for outstanding composition achievement each year since 1978. He has received grants from Meet The Composer and from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and he is a laureate in Who’s Who in American Music and the International Who’s Who in Music.

<em>Artexpo New York</em> GROW Together Launch Party Music at City Winery New York Architectural Digest Design Show <em>Art on Paper</em> Art Fair <em>A Bronx Tale: The Musical</em>