Gay Men’s Chorus plans winter shows

Posted Nov. 29, 2010, at 6:41 p.m.

The seven-voice Touring Ensemble of the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus will present “Winter’s Ceremony,” a concert featuring Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and other holiday favorites sung a cappella or accompanied by harp, violin and guitar.

The performances are scheduled for:

• 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono.

• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Unitarian Universalist Society, 120 Park St., Bangor.

One audience member described a recent performance of the group as “powerful, moving and fun.” Another excitedly referred to the music as “ear candy.”

Originally written to be sung by exuberant boys whose voices had not yet changed, these men sing Britten’s work with similarly engaging spirit, whether recreating the haunting mood of “In Freezing Winter Night” or excitedly articulating the rapid-fire text of “This Little Babe.”

Several well-loved holiday songs have been given new life in arrangements especially written for this program — for this particular group of performers. World-class harpist Patrice Lockhart can steal anyone’s heart with her music.

Admission by donation will be split between MGMC and its hosts, with a suggested donation of $10.

A 50-50 raffle will be available, and MGMC’s new holiday CD and 15th anniversary CD will both be available for purchase.

MGMC is Maine’s only gay-identified chorus, founded in 1992. For information visit www.mainegaymenschorus.com.

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