BGMC Announces “Melodies for a Movement” Concert Series

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BGMC Melodies for a Movement Concert

A Musical Tribute to Inspire Change

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) is excited to unveil “Melodies for a Movement,” an inspiring musical event scheduled for March 16th and 17th, 2024, at the prestigious Jordan Hall within the New England Conservatory. This event marks a significant occasion that brings to the forefront a musical homage named “Tyler’s Suite.” This suite is a deeply moving collection of nine pieces for chorus and solo violin, commemorating Tyler Clementi. Clementi was a promising young musician whose life ended tragically in 2010 following a period of bullying in his initial college days.

“Melodies for a Movement,” highlighted by “Tyler’s Suite,” stands as a heartfelt embodiment of BGMC’s dedication to social advocacy through the medium of music. Sarah Shoffner, the Executive Director of BGMC, remarked, “Music has the remarkable ability to bridge divides and foster empathy. It serves as a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries, bringing people together and igniting meaningful conversations about acceptance and understanding.”

“Tyler’s Suite” was born under the guidance of Stephen Schwartz and Dr. Timothy Seelig and champions the cause of the Tyler Clementi Foundation by enlightening the public on the harsh realities of cyber-harassment and bullying that LGBTQ+ youth often face. Stephen Schwartz, an acclaimed composer known for his contributions to hit musicals like “Godspell,” “Pippin,” and “Wicked,” reflected on the initiative, stating, “The story of Tyler Clementi, the story of the loss of one young man who clearly had so much to offer the world and those who loved and would come to love him, reminds us that every life lost because of bullying and bigotry is a specific, individual tragedy.”

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The suite features contributions from nine distinguished composers, capturing moments that range from beautiful to heartbreaking, and serves as a poignant commentary on the loss of Tyler Clementi.

Ann Hampton Callaway, a celebrated American artist, will grace the event both as a composer and soloist for a piece in “Tyler’s Suite” and will deliver a mesmerizing cabaret performance. Her song “I Love You More,” deeply explores the profound grief of Jane Clementi (Tyler’s Mother) after her son’s passing. Callaway’s performance promises to imbue the evening with depth, emotion, and joy, spanning the music of icons like Carole King and Barbara Streisand.

BGMC extends an invitation to experience this melodic advocacy, highlighting the role of music in bridging divides, fostering community, and celebrating diversity. “Melodies for a Movement” symbolizes the lasting impact of art-driven advocacy and the collective effort to forge a more inclusive world.

Celebrating Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway stands out as a formidable advocate for the great American Songbook, showcasing her talents as a singer, pianist, composer, and lyricist. Her career highlights include a Tony nomination for her performance in “Swing!” on Broadway, her memorable theme song for “The Nanny,” and her induction into The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame. Callaway’s latest album, “Finding Beauty, Originals Volume 1,” is available through Shanachie Entertainment, continuing her legacy of musical excellence.

BGMC: A Legacy of Musical Advocacy

For more than 40 years, BGMC has led the way in advocating for social change through music, using its platform to promote a positive image of the gay and lesbian community. With music as their universal language, they’ve succeeded in bringing people together across diverse backgrounds, emphasizing the importance of empathy and understanding in today’s society.

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About BGMC

Since its inception in 1982, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus has grown into one of New England’s most esteemed community-based choruses, celebrated for its exceptional musicality, innovative programs, and impactful community outreach. Led by Music Director Reuben Reynolds, BGMC proudly champions social change, using the transformative power of music to inspire, unite, and celebrate the richness of diversity.

Event Details

  • Dates and Times: Saturday, March 16th at 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 17th at 3 p.m.
  • Location: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA 02115
  • Ticket Information: Tickets are available online at www.bgmc.org or by calling 617-542-SING (7464).

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