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It Gets Better The past few months have been a very troubling time for GLBT people. So many youth have taken their lives because of bullying in the schools. So many politicians have openly used slurs in attacking us. At least one school official wished all gay students would just die. And the recent election results do not bode well for our hopes and dreams of same sex marriage and open service in the military. Yet, in spite of these ominous storm clouds a new voice has risen up from the common folk. It Gets Better. Ordinary people, fed up with the hatred and fear mongering have stepped forward to openly declare their faith in a brighter, more life affirming future. Many gay and lesbian choruses have added their voices in song. For 28 years RGMC has stood on Rochester stages and in Rochester churches affirming who we are. We are proud gay men who believe in one another. We lift our voices together and make beautiful music. Those of you who listen cannot help but be moved. You cannot help but feel just a little prouder of who you are and a little safer for being together with us in this space at this very moment. All of the stupidity, narrow mindedness and bigotry are defeated when each of us stands up and proclaims, this is who I am and I am not going away. I am proud of me just as I am. What better way to wish the joys of the holiday season than to loudly affirm, it indeed does get better!

John Owen Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus Chair, Board of Directors


RGMC Board: John Owen, Chairperson Todd Perkins, Vice Chair Dick Connett, Treasurer Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary Peter Nickles, Member-at-Large

Ed Schell, Member-at-Large Dave McClosky, Member-at-Large Ann Lalik, Member-at-Large Peter Elliott, Member-at-Large

Staff: Dr. Robert Strauss, The John Williams and Chuck Lundeen Artistic Directorship Jim Janssen, Business Manager Jad Jordan, Production Manager Mark Brennan, Principal Pianist Cat Hardesty, Artistic Interpreter Michael Davy, Ad Sales Consultant Sam Nicolosi, Graphic Design Amy Scolaro, Marketing Director Matt Ulakovic, Public Relations Intern Dee Miller, Costume Designer Jeffrey Fowler, Librarian Nick Williams, Artistic Director Emeritus of The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus

In Memoriam: Ariel David Ammering Gary Bauer Tom Carr Steven Chabot Bill Coleman Bob DeGandchamp

John DiPrima Tom Glasow Bob Griffith Paul Kelly Charlie Kuppenbacher Stanley Malinowski Paul Pape

David Pellow Bob See Jim Siciliano Warren Trimble Wayne Wood

GALA Choruses The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus is a proud member of GALA Choruses. The mission of GALA Choruses is inspiring and strengthening member choruses to change their worlds through song. Founded in 1982 by fourteen choruses, GALA Choruses is the world’s leading international choral association for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied choruses. For more information about GALA Choruses and its programs, call 412-999-4489 or visit www.galachoruses.org.


Mission Statement: The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, by nurturing pride in and acceptance of the diversity of our communities, creates social change through excellence in the choral arts.

Vision Statement: We, the members of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, unite proudly as gay men to seek a better world for ourselves, our community, and for our nation by sowing the seeds of harmony through the universal language of music. We sing for ourselves to make glorious music with friends who experience the world as we do and who share our joy in standing together. We sing for our sisters and brothers in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community to embody pride, family, and a sense of home. We sing for our friends and supporters who join with us to rebuke ignorance and prejudice. We sing for those unknown and unseen, awakening to who they are, in closets of oppression, or in search of community, that they may see our faces and hear our joy and know that the night is not forever and that there are friends and brothers to light their way and to welcome them home.

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How your funding makes our music possible! The RGMC has performed a vital role in building a solid foundation of LGBT acceptance in the greater Rochester community for 28 years and could not do it without your continued support! Your dollars add value to the organization in many ways. The costs of producing a single show are staggering to consider. The music performed must first be paid for, in addition to the costs of individual arrangements, extra musicians and sound technicians. Other expenses include rental of the venue, rehearsal and office space. And let us not overlook the value of stage sets, costumes, dry cleaning and publicity. It’s no secret that the costs of doing business continue to rise. The RGMC experiences these changes no differently; and heartfull thanks for your vital role in our success. Those who are interested have the opportunity to underwrite specific performances, benefiting the chorus and the community. The RGMC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and portions of your support may be tax deductible. Visit www.thergmc.org and click on the “Support Us” tab to donate today.

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The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus came to life in November of 1982 when five friends decided to pursue a dream. The dream of using music to create an acceptance of social diversity, the dream to use the harmony of the voice to create a harmony of the spirit. Today, more than twenty five years later, the RGMC includes almost fifty voices raised in song. Thousands have heard their outstanding musical talents. During this time the Chorus has changed in some respects, and remained constant in others.

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A Letter From The Artistic Director Welcome to the first concert of the 2010-2011 season of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus! I am so excited about the entire season, from tonight’s 12: The Christmas Experience, to March’s Moments in Time (all Broadway repertoire, all having to do with time), and finally to June’s Walking on Sunshine (what else, summer?). You would have to look pretty hard to not find something you will enjoy about each concert (that is Dr. Robert Strauss, not a challenge). In tonight’s concert, not only will you hear RGMC Artistic Director the chorus, and see the Rochettes, but we will be joined by a clarinetist, a harpist, a bag-pipe player, three French hens, and national superstar, Ms. Pandora Boxx! In this concert, we thought it might be fun to pick apart “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and see what happens. With so many holiday songs about birds, we figured we had it made. Some of the choices were fairly obvious: for the twelfth day, “Little Drummer Boy,” for day three, either “We Three Kings” or “I Saw Three Ships” (couldn’t decide – singing both), and for the first day, “The First Noel” seemed a no-brainer. Upon further investigation, I found some wonderful pieces with instrumental collaborators – both for day six (again, why choose?) – “In a Manger Lowly Lay” features clarinet, and “The Snow Lay on the Ground” features harp. But why not go a step further? The eleventh day, with its pipers piping, almost begged me to hire a bagpipe-player and write an arrangement for us to sing with him, so I did. The sparkly, shiny Rochettes were not only obvious for the ninth day, and the mention of dancing, but for the five golden rings (although there are twelve of us dancing that song). I also realized that there are some wonderful pieces with wonderful texts that were not specifically holiday-related, but would fit nicely into the concert stylistically as well as embracing our mission statement. The first to occur to me is the lovely British folksong “The Turtle Dove,” and its simple yet profound statement of undying love. It is a melody I have always loved, and words we all long to hear. The second is the spiritual “Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name,” for day four. Many spirituals came to be as a way to fight oppression and find solidarity, and this one in particular talks about the disbelief that the singer is being referred to by his own name. How wonderful it feels to hear that one is accepted for one’s own self, and to be recognized as a part of a community, and larger still as a part of humanity! What a wonderful gift to receive during this holiday season to feel included! The remainder of the concert serves to “show off ” some of the individual singing talent in the group. Two barbershop songs will be performed by two different quartets, one for day ten, and one for day nine. Following our success last June with Gilbert & Sullivan, we pay homage again to them for day eight. And finally, for day seven, another beautiful folk song, the story of the power of choosing your words wisely and making what you say powerful. Enjoy!


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ACT I “On the twelfth day of Christmas..... Twelve DRUMMERS drumming . . .” The Little Drummer Boy (Harry Simeone, Katherine K Davis, Henry Onorati, arr. Harry Simeone) RGMC

“On the eleventh day of Christmas....Eleven Pipers PIPING . . . .” Piper’s Noel (arr. Robert Strauss) RGMC with Michael Roddy, bagpipes

“On the tenth day of CHRISTMAS....TEN Lords a-Leaping . . . ” White Christmas (Irving Berlin), John Gaspar, harp Ten Feet Off the Ground (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, arr. Val Hicks) Dennis Pratt, Peter House, John Yavonditte, Chris Manos

“On the ninth day of Christmas.......Nine LADIES DANCING . . . ” Red Roses for a Blue Lady (Sid Teepon and Roy C. Bennett, arr. SPEBSQSA) Alan Van Camp, Michael Lewis, Kevin Frisch, Jeffrey Fowler Perfect Christmas Night (James Horner - recorded by Trans-Siberian Orchestra) ROCHETTES

“On the eighth day of Christmas......Eight MAIDS a-Milking . . . ” Three Little Maids from School from THE MIKADO (Gilbert and Sullivan) Dennis Rosenbaum, John Yavonditte, Jorge Yacila, Alan Van Camp, Stefan Baer, Gary Keleher, Terry Quataert, Bob Parsons

“On the seventh day of Christmas .....Seven SWANS a-Swimming” The Silver Swan (Orlando Gibbons, arr. Robert Strauss) Terry Quataert, Michael Hannen, Jeffrey Fowler, Bob Parsons, Jorge Yacila


“On the sixth day of Christmas........Six Geese LAYING . . . ” In a Manger Lowly Lay (Vijay Singh) RGMC with Dennis Pratt, tenor solo, Bob Parsons, clarinet The Snow Lay on the Ground (David Conte) RGMC with John Gaspar, harp

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ACT II “On the fifth DAY OF CHRISTMAS....Five GOLDEN RINGS . . . ” The Twelve Days of Christmas (recorded by Relient K) ROCHETTES The Gold Ring/The Mason’s Apron (Traditional), Michael Roddy, bagpipe

“On the fourth day of Christmas......Four CALLING Birds . . . ” Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name (Traditional Spiritual, arr. Brazeal W. Dennard) RGMC with Chris Manos, baritone solo

“On the third day of Christmas........THREE French Hens . . . ” I Saw Three Ships (arr. Mark Riese) RGMC We Three Kings (John Hopkins, arr. Andy Beck) RGMC

“On the second day of Christmas.....Two TURTLE DOVES . . . ” The Turtle Dove (British Folksong, arr. Ken Berg) RGMC with Michael Hannen, tenor solo

SING-A-LONG (next page) “THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” “On the FIRST day of Christmas .....A PARTRIDGE in a Pear Tree . . .” Partridge (Wes Farrell, Denny Janssen, and Tony Romeo, arr. Robert Strauss) - RGMC with Peter House, baritone solo The First Noel (Traditional, arr. Fenno Heath) RGMC with Alan van Camp, tenor solo


The 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.


On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree!


Artistic Director Dr. Robert Strauss

Baritone

Principal Pianist Mark Brennan

First Tenor Cory Cummings Dennis Pratt Terry Quataert*** Dennis W. Rosenbaum**** (section leader)

Michael Smith Alan Van Camp***

Stefan Baer** (section leader) David Clinton Peter House**** Michael Lewis Jerry Murphy Jeff Myers Robert Parsons*** Todd Perkins*** Tony Rizzo John Villani** John Yavonditte**

Bass

Second Tenor Jeffrey Greene Michael Hannen* Frank Hanzel *(section leader) David C. Knoll***** John S. McIntyre**** John Owen***** David M. Skinner***** Cyril Waugh

Jeff Fowler* Jeff Freeland**** Kevin Frisch* Gary Keleher**** Chris Manos* James Sullivan* Steve Witzberger* (section leader) Jorge Yacila** Each * signifies five years of participation with the RGMC

Rochettes Cory Cummings Jeffrey Greene Gary Keleher John McIntyre Bob Parsons Steven Price Terry Quataert David Skinner

Robert Strauss Cyril Waugh Steve Witzberger Nicholas Williams Jorge Yacila

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Pandora Boxx, RuPaul’s Drag U, Photo Credit: Beatrice Neumann

The RGMC is THRILLED to announce its special guest for 12: The Christmas Experience – PANDORA BOXX! Many of us have known her locally for years, but with her success on Logo Television’s RuPaul’s Drag Race (and what Entertainment Weekly called “the most controversial elimination of the season”), being named Miss Congeniality for that show (as voted by viewers), and her subsequent appearance on that network’s RuPaul’s Drag U (for which she was awarded MVP), now she’s a national superstar. Her background is theatrical as well, having performed Annelle in Steel Magnolias, and writing and producing her own play, The Lipstick Massacre, here in Rochester. Pandora will bring her special brand of entertainment to our concert, including stand-up, song, and sharp, stinging sarcasm! We’re thrilled that she was able to be here with us and know you will be too!

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“The Twelve Days of Christmas” The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas carol that enumerates a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. Although first published in England in 1780, textual evidence may indicate the song is French in origin. The earliest well-known performance of the song was by English scholar James O. Halliwell in 1842, and he published a version in the 4th edition of The Nursery Rhymes of England (1846), collected principally from ‘oral tradition’. The song had become traditional as early as the 16th century. In the early 20th century, English composer Frederic Austin wrote an arrangement in which he added his melody from “Five gold rings” onwards, which has since become standard. The copyright to this arrangement was registered in 1909 and is still active by its owners, Novello & Co. Limited.

Origin The twelve days in the song are the twelve days starting Christmas day, or in some traditions, the day after Christmas (December 26) (Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day, as being the feast day of St. Stephen Protomartyr) to the day before Epiphany, or the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6, or the Twelfth Day). Twelfth Night is

defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formally the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking.” Although the specific origins of the chant are not known, it possibly began as a Twelfth Night “memories-and-forfeits” game, in which a leader recited a verse, each of the players repeated the verse, the leader added another verse, and so on until one of the players made a mistake,with the player who erred having to pay a penalty, such as offering up a kiss or a sweet. This is how the game is offered up in its earliest known printed version, in the children’s book, Mirth without Mischief (c. 1780), published in England, which 100 years later Lady Gomme, a collector of folktales and rhymes, described playing every Twelfth Day night before eating mince pies and twelfth cake. The song is older than the printed version. Textual evidence indicates that the song was not English in origin, but French, though it is considered an English carol. Three French versions of the song are known.


Dr. Robert Strauss, RGMC Artistic Director Dr. Robert Strauss brings to chorus not only his expertise as a director and conductor, but as a singer, voice teacher, and stage director. He has served as director of choruses in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, as well as in Western New York, in experiences ranging from collegiate to church and to community. He remains in demand as a recitalist, concert artist, and singing actor, including his next engagement as Dr. Caius in FALSTAFF, as presented by Mercury Opera Rochester this coming January. He maintains a private voice studio here in Rochester, and also serves on the voice faculties of Nazareth College, where he is also director of the opera workshop, and the SUNY Fredonia School of Music. Dr. Strauss also, serves on the executive board of the Central New YorkFingers Lakes Chapter of the National Association of Singing. Mark Brennan, Principal Pianist Originally from Syracuse, Mark Brennan earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance at SUNY Geneseo and Texas Christian University, respectively. At TCU, he accepted a full scholarship as well as an assistantship in accompanying. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a scholarship to accompany for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He is currently a staff accompanist at Brighton High School, church musician, freelance accompanist and piano teacher in Rochester. Catherine J. Hardesty, CT Sign Language Interpreter Cat graduated from NTID in 1992 with a degree in Educational Interpreting. She is a full-time Community Freelance Interpreter happily working in theater, music, religious, and business environments. Her son, Christian, graduated from the University of Dayton in 2004, and is an attorney in Ohio. Her partner, Robert Slater, works at the Jewish Home and is a frequent contributor of stained glass art work for the RGMC silent auctions. Cat is very excited and pleased to be working with the RGMC this season!


John Gaspar, Harpist John teaches music in Gates Chili schools, served as Director of Music at Holy Cross Church for 29 years, and is an alum of Nazareth College and the Eastman School of Music. As an adult, Gaspar began to play the harp with Roxanne Ziegler, who he now performs with as a harp duo called Lyre, Lyre. He also plays freelance. RGMC fans may remember Gaspar from his appearance in the 2001 concert season. Gasper commented, “I was happy to play along again this year; it’s an honor to perform with this fine ensemble.” He is currently composing a cantata for treble voices and strings; it is a setting of “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde. “Deciding to play the harp was part of my coming out,” Gaspar said, “like the flute, society thinks of the harp as a ‘woman’s’ instrument.” Gaspar now lives in Gates with his husband Juan and their miniature poodle, Binky.

Michael Roddy, Bagpipe player Michael, from Utica, NY, is an accomplished bagpiper and frequent soloist. He holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Nazareth College. Roddy professionally debuted in Tosca with the Mercury Opera Rochester in 2009, and recently returned in their performance of La Traviata. Roddy has conducted the Mohawk Valley Choral Society and Orchestra, performed in the world premiere of a piece by Western NY composer, Ann Reid, and premiered his own composition, Nollaig, for string orchestra and pipes. Roddy looks forward to soon becoming Musical Director of the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band, and is excited to perform with the RGMC this holiday season. Such organizations as the RGMC “are vital artistic outlets that every community should hope to have. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform with such a wonderful group of people,” Roddy said.


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Did you know... The 12 Days of Christmas 1. True Love refers to God 2. Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments 3. French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues 4. Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists 5. Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the PENTATEUCH, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace. 6. Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation 7. Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments 8. Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes 9. Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit 10. Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments 11. Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles 12. Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed


A Heartfelt Thank You to our Donors The majority of operating funds for non-profit organizations come from individuals. You are important to the future of RGMC. Your tax-deductible contribution helps to pay the cost of concert production, office management and future development. We are grateful for your previous heartfelt gifts and look forward to your continued support. The RGMC would like to recognize those individuals who have contributed financially during the past year. Maestro (Over $1000) Chuck Lundeen and John Williams John Owen John Dash Jacqueline Archer Lawrence and Susan Day Anonymous Diva ($750 - $999) Todd Perkins and Mark Ritter

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First Rehearsal of the Spring Season is Announced The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus will hold voice placements and first rehearsal of the spring season on Thursday, January 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh St. in Rochester. Now is the time to consider joining us as we celebrate in the spring and on into the summer. Singing together with a common purpose is not only fun and enjoyable, but also builds friendships. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Robert Strauss, this season bursts of promise. Strauss looks forward to meeting new members and longtime friends at the first rehearsal in January. In March 2011, Moments in Time will feature songs such as Many a New Day, Getting Married Today, and Music of the Night. Broadway favorites will invite us to reminisce, in this special tribute to the stage on March 19, 2011, at 8 p.m. Just in time for a summer rendezvous, we’ll present Walking on Sunshine, a musical tribute to summer love. Long days on the beach and the warm summer nights always feel alright. Come celebrate summer with us on June 18, 8 p.m. Rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. at the church. Those interested in joining the chorus are welcome to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for voice placement. Further information is available at www.thergmc.org or by calling (585) 423-0650.


2010 -2011 Season “For decades the Broadway stage has given the world untold musical treasures. In this tribute to Broadway, the RGMC will perform a variety of music that celebrates these special

Moments in Time. We will rekindle these memorable Broadway tunes and create some new memories, too..”

“It’s time to feel good! Join us as the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus becomes the ‘boys of summer’ in this musical tribute to summertime,

Walking on Sunshine. Whether you’re looking forward to a day at the beach or simply enjoying the long days and warm nights of the season, we invite you to sit back and soak up some summer love with the RGMC.”


Rgmc dec 2010 program  

Rochester Gay Men's Chorus. The Christmas Experience, December 2010. Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, New York.