Welcome to the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus
Welcome to the home of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus. For more than 30 years the RGMC has exemplified excellence in choral arts by serving the Greater Rochester Community as well as all of Western New York.
We currently perform three concerts annually and also participate in many other public appearances throughout the community. Through the passion of our music, our goal is to touch the hearts and souls of all those who listen.
With guest singer Lynne McMurtry and a full orchestra!
It can be easy to feel a little outdated in today's world. Perhaps, even though you have good taste and a "timeless" quality to you, you've been encouraged to change-it-up a little, by reaching out to a new crowd or by way of a new outfit or hairstyle.
This is exactly what Barry Manilow and Harry Carroll did for Frédéric Chopin, what Eric Carmen and Ted Mossman did for Sergei Rachmaninoff, and what a host of modern songwriters did for Johann Sebastian Bach — their music was introduced to a new audience by giving old classics some new words, new instruments, and a new style, and handing them over to artists like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Celine Dion, and Elvis Presley.
The RGMC concert on Saturday, March 29 is titled “Makeover.” The Chorus will present a wonderful mix of classical and pop music, often within the same song. We'll sing such classics as Procul Harum's “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (Bach), Barry Manilow's “Could It Be Magic?” (Chopin), Eric Carmen's “All By Myself” (Rachmaninoff), Elvis Presley's “Can't Help Falling in Love” (Martini) and many others. We'll even sing some songs that go in reverse, in particular gay American composer Aaron Copland's use of popular folk tunes in his compositions and arrangements, including “Zion's Walls.”
The Chorus also will be performing two pieces featuring full 22-piece orchestra and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Lynne McMurtry. These performances will be a full-scale Romantic era classic, the Brahms’ Alto-Rhapsodie, and a full-scale pop classic, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” with RGMC. McMurtry has been described by The Toronto Star “a force of nature” and Opera Canada as “an actress of immense talent.”
RGMC Night at JCC's CenterStage
As part of LGBT Health Month in March, the JCC CenterStage presents The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer. On Saturday, March 22 RGMC will perform several numbers following the 8 p.m. production, including a preview of select songs from our upcoming “Makeover” concert.
The CenterStage production is sponsored by Trillium Health and the LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester. The Normal Heart runs March 8 to 23 but the RGMC will only be there one night – March 22.
The Normal Heart is the story of Jewish-American writer Ned Weeks who leads a group of friends in the early 1980s on a campaign to refuse to let doctors, politicians, and the press ignore the truth of an unspoken, unnamed epidemic.
The play had its initial Off-Broadway run in 1985. A revival on Broadway in 2011 received Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play (John Benjamin Hickey), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Ellen Barkin), and nominations for Best Actor (Joe Mantello) and Direction (Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe). A film version starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parson, Matt Bomer, Jonathan Groff, and Taylor Kitsch is set to be released later this year. Click here to get your tickets through JCC CenterStage or call 585-461-2000.