Gay Men's Chorus Holding Harvey Milk-Themed Concert

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In what is turning out to be fortuitous timing, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus tonight is premiering a new choral work dedicated to civil rights champion and late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.

"I Am Harvey Milk," featuring a performance by Tony and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa, will debut at 8 p.m. today at Harvey Milk 2013, the chorus' 35th anniversary concert celebrating the life and legacy of Milk, the city's first openly gay supervisor.

The concert, which will take place at the Nourse Theatre at 201-299 Hayes St., will also feature a variety of other performance pieces celebrating Milk, who was slain along with Mayor George Moscone by former Supervisor Dan White at City Hall on Nov. 27, 1978.

The concert happens to fall on the same day the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed an appeal in California's Proposition 8 case.

"I can't find the words to describe how I feel today," chorus artistic director Tim Seelig said in a statement.

"Tonight, 300 chorus members will raise their voices in song, just as San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus did 35 years ago, when they performed for the first time at the candlelight vigil for Harvey Milk," Seelig said. "No matter what, we will always keep singing."

Bruce Cohen, a producer of "I Am Harvey Milk," added, "This is a historic victory for California, for equality, and, most of all, for loving gay and lesbian couples and their families.

Clearly, Harvey's work continues and he would be extraordinarily proud today." Harvey Milk 2013 will continue on Thursday and Friday at the Nourse Theatre, with tickets ranging in price from $25 to $60.

More information about the concerts can be found online at www.sfgmc.org or by calling City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

 

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