'Tis the season to make merry and what better way to celebrate mirth than with the Connecticut Gay Men's Chorus. The gentlemen are offering two opportunities to applaud Christmas this year, Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m. at the Co-Op Theater, 177 College Street, New Haven and you're invited to the holiday musical party.
Dial back the clock to a kinder, gentler time and let the CGMC pay tribute to all the sentimental favorites that make the season so special and swell. Selections from the past, in story books, television, films and musicals have been chosen by the membership to be given a dusting off and a tinsel tuning up trim."Christmas Stories" is sure to include a number of your holiday hits.
Think Rudolph and The Grinch, perhaps a big Elf and a bow to Ralph and his much desired BB gun. For Artistic Director Greg McMahon, the choices were obvious. "We know that our audiences like a huge range of musical genres, and happily our singers love exploring all kinds of vocal styles so this concert runs the gamut from gospel to pop to tight 40's harmonies."
Noting that the CGMC prides itself on its unique and different take on the ordinary, its particular flavor that it adds to the mix, one shouldn't be surprised by McMahan's statements. "In keeping with the theme of 'Christmas Stories,' we've also unearthed some songs about bizarre holiday traditions that we just had to share with our audiences."
The gauntlet has been thrown and it's covered in white ermine. The CGMC never will be called common place. It's all glitz and glamour, fancy and fantastic. Who might pop up on stage to welcome the festive day? Come be surprised.
For tickets ($25-30), call 800-644-2462 (CGMC) or go online to www.ctgmc.org.
The guys will be dressed in their holiday finery and ready to ring those bells, with way more than Rudolph's red nose sure to be aglow.