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Triad Pride Men’s Chorus celebrates its 10-year anniversary

Triad Pride Men’s Chorus celebrates its 10-year anniversary

TheTriad Pride Men’s Chorus, will present two holiday concerts Dec. 6thand 13th. The Dec. 6 concert will be at 8pm at the Greensboro DaySchool, 5401 Lawndale Drive. The Dec. 13 concert starts at 8pm and willtake place at NC School of the Arts, Watson Chamber Music Hall, 1533South Main Street. (Courtesy photo)

In late 1998 three men from Greensboro, who had been driving to the Raleigh/ Durham area each week to sing with the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus decided to take a chance on forming a gay men’s chorus in the Greensboro area. Hoping there would be enough interest by singers to form a gay men’s chorus in the Triad and enough community interest to support it, they began to make plans to form such a chorus. More than 20 men showed up in January 1999 from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and the surrounding area, all eager to join together in pride and in song. In June of that year, the Greensboro Gay Men’s Chorus held its first concert in conjunction with the first NC Pride Festival held in Greensboro. The name of the group was then changed to Triad Pride Men’s Chorus (TPMC) to better represent all of the men who were performing in the group. Ten years later the group is still together and singing under the direction of Woodson (Woody) Faulkner, II. In the 2007-’08 season, TPMC sang for more than 8,000 people, most of whom were not gay. TPMC’s music helps to put a positive and talented face on the gay-lesbian-bisexual and transgender community, who are most often portrayed negatively. TPMC performs at least two concert programs a year plus numerous outreach performances, including appearances by the full chorus and by the small ensemble NoteWorthy, which performs under the direction of Assistant Director/ Accompanist for TPMC, Mario Capano. A spring concert is held in June and a holiday concert is held in early December. Each program is performed both in Greensboro and in Winston-Salem. In addition to its concerts, the chorus also donates time and service to many area organizations, such as Dining for Friends, the Triad Business and Professional Guild, the Adam Foundation and North Carolina Pride and Triad Pride events. TPMC has sung for the finale of “Triad Idol” and for the Nutcracker Tea at the O’Henry Hotel, and has also sung the National Anthem at Greensboro Grasshoppers games. In 2002 TPMC performed for the first time at the GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) Eastern Festival held in Cincinnati, Ohio; in 2004 at the GALA International Festival in Montreal, Canada; and most recently at the 2008 GALA International Festival in Miami, Fla. The GALA organization represents more than 150 gay and lesbian choruses from around the world. In July 2008, just prior to departure for the Miami GALA Festival, TPMC hosted SCHOLA CANTOROSA, a Gay Men’s Chorus from Hamburg, Germany. The men of Schola Cantorosa were housed by the chorus and community friends. A week of fun and cultural exchange included an outing to the Carolina Ziplines near Hanging Rock State Park. To culminate the week, both choruses performed in a joint concert consisting of their respective repertoire for the Miami GALA Festival. In December 2008 TPMC will officially begin celebrating their 10 th anniversary by offering holiday concerts on the 6 th and 13 th and will cap off their anniversary year in June 2009 with spring concerts on the 13 th and 20 th . In these concerts they will reprise many of the songs they have sung over the last 10 years. Each show is full of music that is artistically and aesthetically enriching. Comprised of men of all ages and backgrounds and offering an amazing gift to the community, TPMC’s membership is open to both gay and gay-affirming male singers. Triad Pride Men’s Chorus is a non-profit organization funded through donations from individuals, corporate sponsorships and grants. The mission of TPMC is to Entertain, Enlighten and Enrich while promoting equality and social justice for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — fostering pride, understanding and acceptance. You can read more about them and their concerts by going to the chorus’ official website at www.TriadPrideMensChorus.org.

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