Seattle Men’s and Women’s Chorus(es) are back in person and
sounding as great as ever! (I exhort you, if you’ve never gone to any of their
performances and you’re part of the LGBTQ+ “family,” you owe it to yourself to
get introduced to them and why they exist! They need your support!)
Like all arts organizations, the last two years have been an
incredible challenge of reorganizing and rethinking how to fulfill missions and
entertain people and keep going even with fewer donations and no ticket sales.
This performance, if you saw it, was an exuberant re-establishing of in-person
glorious song with a few laughs, a bit of choreography, and the inimitable duo
of Robin Henderson and her daughter Alexandria J. Henderson as
the guest stars.
It was a tight and sprightly two hours of carefully curated
songs from the “Motown Era” primarily in the 1960s and ‘70s. Alexandria
Henderson, as a DJ for WSMC radio, helped introduce many of the selections with
a bit of history thrown in. The songs were all well-known, at least for the
older crowd, and emotional heart-tuggers.
They ranged from The Marvelettes and Martha and the
Vandellas, through Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gay, Smokey Robinson,
Stevie Wonder and more. The evening ended on a powerhouse rendition by Robin
and Alexandria of Think by Aretha Franklin, where each singer let it all
sing out and the crowd danced on their feet with happiness.
The men, lead by director Paul Caldwell, seemed excited and
happy to be back in front of a live audience and the audience seemed as
appreciative as could be.
As life creeps back to a “normal,” the Seattle Choruses are
going to back to live gala fundraisers. Their next one, sure to be a special
evening of gathering with friends and associates of the Choruses in person,
will be at Fremont Studios on Saturday, April 30. If you’d like to have a great
deal of fun – the theme of the evening is In the Center Ring–
a circus theme, and maybe find some awesome treasure in the silent or live
auctions, tickets on salehere!
This will not be a sit-down dinner. It’s a cocktail
party with a buffet and signature cocktails – The Highflyer and The
Contortionist – along with a hosted bar.
The next concert will be Voices Rising by the Women’s
Chorus, featuring Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who created some of the music that
changed the world. It will be at Town Hall Seattle on May 14th and you can
choose either 2pm or 7pm concerts.
Then, Seattle Women’s Chorus plans a rescheduled We Are
Family. This will also be at Town Hall Seattle Saturday June 18 only at 4pm. Focused on the Billboard
Hot 100, it celebrates when girl groups and sister acts topped the charts.
Powerhouse pop legends created the intoxicating soundtrack to love, life, and
Finally this season, for Pride Week, Seattle Men’s Chorus
joins the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall for this special Pride concert with
conductor Lee Mills at the podium. Plus, sensational NYC-based drag performance
artist Thorgy Thor (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dragnificent) leads the
celebration. Pride outfits encouraged! Your choice of Friday, June 24 at 8pm,
Saturday June 25 at 2pm or Satuday June 25 at 8pm.
Folks, it’s all going to be fabulous entertainment, but they
also need the community to show how much it needs the Chorus family, too. The
best hug you can give them is to buy a ticket or a bouquet-full and bring other
friends and family to enjoy!