Pride + Joy = Wonderful Spirit!

Pride and Joy

[photo courtesy of my wrist!]

Last Thursday, June 19th, I found myself strolling through Macy’s at lunchtime.  For me, this is a rather typical activity.  Except on this day.  As I rode the escalator to the lower level, there before me stood a group of men wearing, “Pride + Joy” shirts.  I was unaware that Macy’s had arranged for the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus to perform during the lunch hour to start, “PRIDE at Macy’s”, to celebrate, “Pride Month”.

As I approached the floor, the collective voices of the choir filled the air.  And then, I started to tear-up.  As I listened to this wonderful choir sing hits from Broadway (tunes from over the past 10 years) I looked into the faces of each person.  What resonated so clearly and profoundly was the joy, happiness, and profound energy that each and every one of these dear souls emulated from the stage.  I could literally feel the devotion to their performance hovering in front of me.

Chicago Gay Men's Choir

I took the above photo but must apologize for not being able to get everyone in the shot!

Patrick Sinozich is the Artistic Director of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus.  He provided me with some information about this incredible group.

Patrick notes:

“As the largest LGBT performing arts organization in the Midwest, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) creates musical experiences that entertain and enlighten, inspire change, and build community.  ‘Chicago’s Most Colorful Chorus’ has been an integral part of Chicago’s cultural and gay communities since 1983, entertaining audiences with innovative musical programming that blend traditional choral concerts, musical revues, original commissions, and full-length book musicals – all with our own unique twist.”

Kudos and gratitude to Patrick Sinozich for providing me with this information; thank you so much!

The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus has a summer cabaret fundraiser where they will be providing patrons with two performances of, “Some Like It Hot”.  The first performance will be at The Laugh Factory here in Chicago on July 15th, and at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois on July 22nd.  If you are in our neck of the woods during this time, I encourage you to get tickets; this choir is splendid.  I don’t think I have ever witnessed a chorus that exuded more revelry than this wonderful group.  A huge thanks to the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for providing not only incredibly uplifting music, but for creating an essence of what it means to be passionate about who you are, and for exuding giving and kind hearts.

I also noticed their website, includes a section for Upcoming Events (and you can purchase tickets here as well).  This group has several recordings:  “Here We Come a-Caroling”, “Cool Yule”, and “CGMC’s Holiday CD Collection”.

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Oh, and the bracelet that you see in this post adorning my wrist? Why, I am wearing it with much pride and joy! 🙂


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