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Dear Denver Gay Men’s Chorus Family and Friends, Season’s Greetings to one and all! The Holidays are absolutely my favorite time of year! We hope many of you were able to see the DGMC usher in this magical season, either in person or via live broadcast, during last week’s 9News Light the Lights celebration at the Denver City and County Building. What a thrill it was to sing before Mayor Michael Hancock, city dignitaries, local television personalities and thousands of downtown spectators and media viewers statewide! And the excitement has just begun: during the month of December, be sure to tune in to Colorado Public Radio to hear the DGMC as one of the ensembles featured in CPR’s classical series, A Colorado Choral Christmas. We are ecstatic to be a part of such a highly regarded and competitive program and to share our message of peace and love this joyous season with thousands of listeners throughout Colorado and, really, around the world! 2016-2017 marked the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus 35th Anniversary Season of Building Community Through Music. It was a momentous year and I’d like to share some highlights with you: • •
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The Chorus sang for 5,229 patrons at subscription performances last year and averaged 110 singers at each of our three concert series. A record 2,293 audience members attended our 2016 Holiday concerts! DGMC’s outreach efforts continued to flourish as chorus members sang for more than 12,300 listeners at wideranging events to support nonprofit organizations and community agencies that advocate for equality. These included appearances at After Orlando to benefit Orlando victims and the Human Rights Campaign; Flow for Aleppo to support healthcare for victims of the Syrian conflict; People’s Climate March at Civic Center Park; Orlando United sponsored by Denver PFLAG in observance of the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse; the 26th Annual HRC Colorado Mile High Gala; and Walk for Life, the 30th Anniversary Colorado AIDS Walk. In June, the DGMC celebrated its 35th Anniversary with The Big Gay Sing, which included an extensive multimedia exhibition of our chorus history and an onstage reunion with more than 50 alumni singers. We were honored to receive a proclamation from Governor John Hickenlooper designating June 15-17, 2017 as The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus 35th Anniversary Days. DGMC members appeared in a new film, The Road to Edmond. The DGMC Artistic Staff laid the foundation for an exciting outreach initiative with the Denver Public Schools in 2017-2018 to foster diversity, create safe learning environments and to support anti-bullying efforts in schools. Together with our RMAA sister chorus, The Denver Women’s Chorus, DGMC singers performed at our sold-out 2017 Cabaret, Love for Sale. We welcomed new RMAA corporate sponsors, DaVita, Vectra Bank and Denver Health, as well as welcomed several new RMAA board members.
I am exceedingly proud of the vital work we are doing within the LGBTQ community while, at the same time, expanding our outreach in the Denver metropolitan area and to Colorado Front Range communities. Looking ahead, please be sure to join us on March 16-17, 2018 as we we return to the stunning Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the DCPA Complex for British Invasion, the second concert in our 2017-2018 subscription series. This concert will feature the greatest British pop artists to hit the shores of the Red White and Blue; including Shirley Bassey, Adele, Dusty Springfield, Spice Girls, Elton John, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and George Michael, along with bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Duran Duran. In addition, the DGMC will be collaborating with Mountain Aires, the select ensemble of the Denver Children’s Choir, as our featured young artists. We promise you a revolution you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at dgmc.org or in the lobby during each of our Holiday concerts. What a great stocking stuffer for that special someone in your life! Now on with the show! The singers have been very busy since early September with more than 50 hours of rehearsal to prepare for our Holiday concerts. It is thrilling to feature festival brass for part of this year’s program as we continue to expand the DGMC’s artistic vision and strengthen our commitment to musical excellence. The varied musical selections you are about to hear will range from classical songs and pop selections to a newly commissioned work; all share traditional Holiday stories, some dreams of the season and even a few wishful fantasies. These are the things that make the season bright! Thank you for joining us as we kick off our 36th Holiday Season and for your unwavering support. We are thrilled to be singing for you! Now, sit back, relax, and take a musical sleigh ride through a winter wonderland. 4
Artistic Staff for DGMC
James Knapp, Artistic and Managing Director
With more than 30 years of choral conducting experience leading college, church and community choruses, James is beginning his fifth season as Artistic and Managing Director of the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and is leading the ensemble to higher levels of artistic and musical excellence. Currently the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Bayou City Performing Arts, James guided the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, the Bayou City Women’s Chorus and the Bayou City Chorale for eight years with tremendous success. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Fredonia State University, a diploma from the Mozarteum Conservatory of Music in Salzburg, and a Masters of Music from the University of Texas at Austin. His choirs have appeared at regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association, and have performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in the Palace of St. Petersburg Music Festival in Russia. In addition, James has conducted the featured choir at the International Church Music Festival in Coventry, England, with Sir David Willcocks.
Sam Eschliman, Assistant Artistic Director Sam is beginning his second season as Assistant Artistic Director of the DGMC and Director of Off Kilter!, the a cappella ensemble. A Nebraska native, Sam received his degree in music education from Doane University in 2013. After completing undergraduate studies, he taught at Lincoln Lutheran Middle and High School directing choirs in grades 6-12. In 2015, Sam moved to Denver to serve as Coordinator of Children and Youth Music at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch and, one year later, started his affiliation with the DGMC. In August, 2017, Sam relocated to Greeley with his wife, Taylor, to enroll in his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Northern Colorado.
Ricki Vorrath-Moyer, Principal Accompanist Ricki Vorrath-Moyer attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, then received her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She went on to receive her Masters of Music degree in Organ Performance, with minor emphases in Choral Conducting and Piano Pedagogy. She is currently Organist/Accompanist at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Denver. She is a member of Denver’s premiere handbell ensemble, the Rocky Mountain Ringers. Ricki also serves as the Artistic Director for the Metropolitan Choral Festival.
Ken Leist, Choreographer A business graduate of The University of Tulsa, Ken quickly turned his career focus to the performing arts after finding his passion for the stage while touring with the world-renowned organization, Up With People, for whom he is now the Choreographer/Associate Producer and Director of Cast Programs. His production experience includes roles both on stage and behind the scenes. Ken has performed in over 13 countries and on the high seas, and has had the opportunity to perform in and help produce events such as: World Youth Day ’00 in Rome, Italy; World Expo ’05 in Nagoya, Japan; and the Tournament of Roses Parade ’11 in Pasadena, CA. Ken has collaborated with the DGMC for four years and is so proud to work with such a talented community of singers. 5
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Denver Gay Menâ€™s Chorus
DGMC Chorus Council Everett Schneider, President Matthew D.R. Bradford TJ Kizuka JT McGowan Nick Martinez Tom Rubane Eric Stephenson Herb Toplan Stephen Wertz
Production Team Eric Stephenson, Production Manager Stephen Wertz, Production Manager
Ricki Vorrath-Moyer - Keyboards Sam Eschliman - Percussion and Drums Richard Dustin - Trumpet I Shane Endsley - Trumpet II (Nov 30, Dec 1,
Michael Backman Christopher Boss Cate Clearly, Sound Engineer Anne Drake, Stage Manager Anthony Fay Krystalyn Goodson John Hess Eric Horan, Costume Designer and Manager Mike Jones Darrell Johnson Timothy Kreuter John Mowry, Construction Manager Cory Rivers Marcus Smith Matthew Taggart, Lighting Designer
Production Design A collaboration of the entire production team Stage Crew
Heather Camerer Tyler Hamilton Leah Queen
Special thanks to
Alex DeFazio James Knapp
Choreography Ken Leist
Gordon Curtis - Trumpet II (Dec 2, Dec 8)
Deborah Simpson - French Horn Wade Sander - Trombone (Nov 30, Dec 1-2) Jeffrey Craig - Trombone (Dec 8 & 10) Steve Traylor - Tuba Ross Coons - Percussion
Marketing Concept & Graphic Design Scotte Hoerle
Marketing Committee Scotte Hoerle, Chair Steven Capaldi Jerry Cunningham Cheryl Hamilton TJ Kizuka Nick Martinez V McDougall Kristie Price
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Chorus Members First Tenor
Kayln Bohl Kyle Bradley* Allen Browning Hayes Burton Nick Dixon Matthew Dunfee Michael Ford Krystalyn Goodson Mark Heneghan** Mike Just Jason Lusk Alok Nadig Christopher Pieper Luiz Quiroz Zach Rae Lukas Seelye David Valdez Glen Wood Kyle Cameron Wood
Jesse Anderson Tom Baldonaldo Erik Balsley Art Boggess Matthew D.R. Bradford** Spencer Case Andrew Close Sean Cortes Drew Currie Mike Cusic Maurie Cyr Robert DeMoss Kevin Doherty Mel Garcia Brandon Gerber Justin Gorrie John Hess Scotte Hoerle Stephen Jaeger Kyle Jensen* Dean Kersten TJ Kizuka Brian LeMaire Todd Nienhueser Brian Ogden Keith Rutledge Michael Sattler Bob Sisson Shawn Snow Lady Strongman Bradley Water Reuben Yantis
Brendan Bassett Anthony Fay Kevin Ford Gregoriah Hartman Bill Heath Walter James Don Johnson Mike Jones Mark Koch Craig Konnoth Timothy Kreuter John Krotchko Anthony Limรณn Rob Lowe Nick Martinez Scot McGiveron John Mowry Jarrod Olson Nolan Oltjenbruns Aaron Pennington Don Ringuette Michael Rodel* Quincey Roisum William Rush Corey Sell Eric Stephenson Herb Toplan** Doug Van Dine James Williard
Dustin Atnip Michael Backman** Terry Bohannon Dale Britt Steven Capaldi Christopher Dapper Alex DeFazio Jim Drake Art Glover Sam Irvin Darrell Johnson Keifer Mansfield Joshua Mayfield JT McGowan Douglas Miller Rick Mitchell-Wyatt Maurice Murphy Matthew Owings Robert Parker Eric Parkerson Christopher Perez Ross Pruett
Cory Rivers Mark Roberts Tom RuBane Everett Schneider Christopher Settefrati Victor Silva Marcus Smith Griffin Sutherland Jon Trujillo Vern Tuttle George Ware Stephen Wertz*
Lukas Seelye Hayes Burton Michael Ford Kyle Cameron Wood
Kyle Bradley Christopher Pieper Brian Ogden Scotte Hoerle
Brendan Bassett Michael Rodel Christopher Perez Christopher Dapper
Maurice Murphy William Rush Griffin Sutherland John Trujillo
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“Do You Hear What I Hear?” Laughter and Light God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Traditional; Arr. David Maddux The Story of Mary Ave Maria - Music by Franz Biebl Translation: The angel of the Lord visited Mary and she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. And the Word became flesh and lived among us. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, Holy Mary, pray for us now and in the hour of our death. Amen. Chorus 1 - The members of Off Kilter! Chorus 2 - The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus
Chris Dapper and Kyle Bradley
The Story of the Bells Bells are punctuation! - Poem by Alex DeFazio Carol of the Bells – Traditional; Arr. Julie Eschliman - performed by Off Kilter! What Do The Bells Say? – Music by James Deignan; poem by E. Nesbit. 2017 Co-Commissioning by DGMC. *Colorado Premiere* Kay Thompson’s Jingle Bells – Music by James Pierpoint, Arr. Kay Thompson and Johnny Mandel; Choral Adaptation Mark Hayes Soloists
Donald Ringuette and Nick Dixon - Nov 30, Dec 2 Matinee, Dec 8 Darrell Johnson and Kyle Jensen - Dec 1, Dec 2 Evening, Dec 10
Kevin Doherty, Nick Martinez, Todd Nienhueser, Christopher Pieper, Quincey Roisum, Lady Strongman, David Valdez, Stephen Wertz, James Williard
The Story of the Angels Gloria - Music by Randol Alan Bass The Gloria is an hymn of praise to the Holy Trinity dating back to the second century. The opening line of the hymn is taken from Scripture (Luke 2:14), where the angels announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds. Translation: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, 8
have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
The Dreamy Boyfriend Text Me Merry Christmas - Words and Music by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger; Arr. Alan Billingsley Soloists
Mike Just and John Hess - Nov 30, Dec 2 Matinee Hayes Burton and Spencer Case - Dec 1, Dec 2 Evening Christopher Pieper and Michael Ford - Dec 8, Dec 10
The Story of the Birth of the Holy Child Hodie! - Music by Craig Carnahan Translation: Today Christ is born, Noel, Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest.
Children Go Where I Send Thee Traditional Spiritual, Arr. Chad Weirick Do You Hear What I Hear? Music by Modest Mussorgsky from Pictures at an Exhibition (1874); Arr. Chad Weirick
Intermission The Night Before Christmas – Music by Christopher Dedrick; Poem by Clement C. Moore (1823) Soloists
Craig Konnoth - Dec 1, Dec 2 Evening, Dec 10 Kevin Doherty - Nov 30, Dec 2 Matinee, Dec 8 Stephen Wertz - Nov 30, Dec 2 Evening Keifer Mansfield - Dec 1, Dec 10 Lady Strongman - Dec 2 Matinee, Dec 8
The Fantasy Holiday Husband I Want A Lumbersexual for Christmas – Music by John Rox; Arr. Dustin Cates Lumbersexuals Art Boggess Sean Cortes Jason Lusk JT McGowan
Over the River and Through the Woods/Sleigh Ride – Music by Leroy Anderson; Arr. Chad Weirick Dancers
Leigh Ann Gould, Megan Rippentrop, Lady Strongman, Morris Vaccarella, James Williard
The Hope and Dream of A Healed World Prayer of the Children - Words and Music by Kurt Bestor; Arr. Andrea S. Klouse — Performed by Off Kilter! Soloist Bill Rush
Sure on This Shining Night – Music by Morten Lauridsen; poem by James Agee A Wish Come True - Holidays in New York City I Want To Be A Rockette - Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Tom Eyen; Arr. Steven Landau Soloists
Stephen Wertz - Nov 30, Dec 2 Evening Keifer Mansfield - Dec 1, Dec 10 Lady Strongman - Dec 2 Matinee
Kevin Ford, Anthony Limón, Keifer Mansfield, Nick Martinez, Maurice Murphy, John Trujillo, Stephen Wertz
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers – Music by Leon Jessel; Lyrics by Ballard Macdonald; Arr. Steven Landau Wooden Soldiers Kayln Bohl, Kyle Bradley, Michael Ford, Craig Konnoth, Tim Kreuter, Scot McGiveron, Quincey Roisum, David Valdez
White Christmas – Words and Music by Irving Berlin (1942) – audience sing along I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write. May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white. Pink Christmas – based on White Christmas by Irving Berlin; Lyrics by Gerald Alessandrini; Arr. Chad Weirick Dancers
Leigh Ann Gould, Megan Rippentrop, Lady Strongman, Morris Vaccarella, James Williard
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Auld Lang Syne - Traditional; poem by Robert Burns – audience sing along Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Theme From New York, New York – Music by John Kander; Words by Fred Ebb; Arr. Mark Hayes
This Is My Wish – Words and Music by Tim and Angela Lauer; Arr. Holt McCarley Soloists
Krystalyn Goodson and Brandon Gerber - Nov 30, Dec 2 Matinee Lukas Seelye and Alok Nadig - Dec 1, Dec 2 Evening Singers from Phoenix, Colorado’s Trans Community Choir and Aaron Pennington - Dec 8 Kayln Bohl and Aaron Pennington - Dec 10
Actors Father Michael Backman - Dec 1, Dec 2 Evening, Dec 10 Marcus Smith - Nov 30, Dec 2 Matinee Son 1 Craig Konnoth - Dec 1, Dec 2 Evening, Dec 10 Kevin Doherty - Nov 30, Dec 2 Matinee Son 2 Stephen Wertz - Nov 30, Dec 2 Evening Keifer Mansfield - Dec 1, Dec 10 Lady Strongman - Dec 2 Matinee Son 3 TJ Kizuka - Dec 1, Dec 2 Evening, Dec 10 Anthony Fay - Nov 30, Dec 2 Matinee Narrators Alex DeFazio John Krotchko Herb Toplan 11
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Join RMAA’s Guardian Circle! The Guardian Circle is Rocky Mountain Arts Association’s monthly defined-giving program for family and friends of The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and The Denver Women’s Chorus. When enrolling in this program at the Bronze ($10-49), Silver ($50-99) or Gold ($100+) levels, individuals are afforded the opportunity to support one or both choruses and to embrace the Association’s mission of “Building Community Through Music.” Guardian Circle members can designate monthly, tax-deductible contributions at any level to support many activities, including: to purchase new music and to defray the costs of securing performing rights; to assist individual singers with their annual chorus membership dues; to enhance production capabilities at our subscription concerts; to underwrite outreach efforts to unserved and underserved audiences in our community; and to support the Association’s administrative functions. Depending on the contribution level, each new or continuing Guardian Circle member receives a variety of benefits, such as: recognition in the printed program at every subscription concert; a specially designed Guardian Circle pin; complimentary tickets; invitations to exclusive donor recognition events; access to concert previews, preferential seating at performances; and invitations to exclusive VIP areas at all subscription concerts. Please consider this opportunity to join RMAA’s Guardian Circle and to wrap your arms around the 220-singing members of these two fine choruses. For more information about the specific benefits at each donor level, or to enroll as a new member now, please visit our support page at rmarts.org; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call our office at 303-325-3959.
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The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus was established in 1982 with a passionate commitment to the lives and well-being of LGBTQ persons and steadfast dedication to fostering tolerance and acceptance among diverse communities in Colorado. Now entering its 36th season as the premier gay arts organization in our state, the DGMC has performed more than 200 concerts that have entertained, educated, inspired and empowered audiences of all ages. The ensemble has performed twice with the Colorado Symphony, sung at openings and closings of the state legislature, performed on university campuses in Colorado and Wyoming, and appeared with many well-known Broadway and pop music guest artists. The DGMC has premiered newly-commissioned choral works by 12 composers, including the Rocky Mountain regional premiere of Andrew Lippa’s critically acclaimed I Am Harvey Milk; Nathan Hall’s Mountains and Rivers; Alan Shorter’s Make The Earth Your Companion; and James Deignan’s What Do The Bells Say?. The chorus has appeared prominently in Colorado’s top-tier performances venues, including Boettcher Concert Hall, The Buell Theatre, Gates Hall, The Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Griffin Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In 2016, the DGMC made a groundbreaking appearance at the United States Air Force Academy Chapel, becoming one of the first openly gay choruses to sing at any of our nation’s military academies. This year, the chorus returned to the steps of the City and County Building in downtown Denver as featured entertainers for a live broadcast of Light the Lights to kickoff the 2017 Holiday Season. Beyond Colorado, the DGMC has traveled to 12 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, and has made joint appearances with several men’s choruses in major US cities. The DGMC’s history of advocating for safe and supportive communities for all citizens is reflected in collaborations with The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The LGBT Community Center of Colorado, The Colorado AIDS Project, One Colorado, The Boulder County AIDS Project, Out Boulder, The Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce and the national It Gets Better campaign. The chorus is excited to embark on its first-ever tour of schools in Spring, 2018, to promote diversity, foster self-acceptance among Colorado youth and support anti-bullying efforts in our schools.
Off Kilter! is a dynamic a cappella vocal troupe comprised of singers from the larger Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. The 16-member ensemble performs throughout the year at numerous small venues in the Denver metropolitan area and engages communities, supports causes and entertains audiences of all ages with a repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary. Under the direction of Sam Eschliman, Off Kilter! recently was selected to participate in a master class with The King’s Singers, the world-renowned British men’s a cappella vocal ensemble. Off Kilter! is available to perform at private functions. For more information, contact us at email@example.com or call us at 303-325-3959. 21
DGMC Chorus Angels
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