In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South.
Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee, through the Carolinas, and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers, and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain, and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us– faith, politics, sexual identity– are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.
FREE – $5 Suggested Donation
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5:30 PM : Gates Open
6:30 PM : Live Music by Members of Collegium Ancora, a Professional Chamber Choir for the Ocean State
7:45 PM: Film followed by Q&A
Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Bella’s Pizzeria, Diego’s, Brunch Belly, King Arthur Flour, Tricycle Ice Cream, Lemons Aid
Back-Up Venue: Casino Theatre
Run time: 100 mins
Director: David Charles Rodrigues
Producers: Bud Johnston, Jesse Moss