The Common Woman Chorus (CWC) of Durham and the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus (TGMC) of Raleigh will present a monumental concert on June 22, 2019 entitled Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall. This event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ movement for civil rights and the inspiration for the annual celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride.
The Quiet No More program will feature songs of protest, liberation and inspiration presented by both choruses. Concert goers will enjoy moving renditions of songs like “Seize The Day” from Disney’s Newsies; “One Voice” by The Wailin’ Jennys; “Warrior” by the Wyrd Sisters; “Make Them Hear You” from the Broadway musical Ragtime; and “From A Distance” made popular by Bette Midler among others.
CWC, TGMC and their special guests, the Triad Pride Men’s and Women’s Choruses, will also perform the title music suite — a brand new, 8-movement work co-commissioned by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. In doing so, the four choruses will represent North Carolina and join over 25 choruses nationwide in the largest collaboration of U.S.-based, LGBTQ+ choruses in history.
“Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall” not only commemorates the events that took place in New York City on June 28, 1969, but also honors the courage of early, social justice pioneers. The work encourages everyone to join in the renewed spirit of resistance for the future — not just for LGBTQ+ individuals, but for all victims of bullying, hate, intolerance and violence.
Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall will take place at 8pm on June 22, 2019 at the historical Carolina Theatre of Durham. The concert is ADA-accessible and will be ASL-interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired. Ticket prices are available for $35, $25, and $15 and can be purchased through ticketmaster.com as well as by calling the Carolina Theatre box office at 919-560-3030.
A portion of the proceeds from Quiet No More will go to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Individuals and businesses interested in concert sponsorship should contact Kristen Stinnett at [email protected] or Anthony Reed at [email protected]
Quiet No More is made possible in part by a grant from the Durham Arts Council’s Fletcher Performing Arts Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation and with the generous support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
About the Common Woman Chorus
The Common Woman Chorus is a progressive voice and vibrant musical community based in the Triangle area of NC since 1983 that enjoys an international presence through participation in Sister Singers Network and GALA Choruses. The Common Woman Chorus unites a choral community of richly diverse voices to nurture high quality musicianship and to be a beacon for justice, equality, and love through the healing power of music. Membership is open to all woman-identified, gender-nonconforming, and transgender individuals, with a goal of diversity in ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, interests and beliefs. CWC is under the artistic direction of Kristen Stinnett.
About the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus
The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus strives to provide a venue for gay and gay-affirming individuals to develop their interests and display their singing talents. TGMC recognizes the power of music to communicate important truths about common human conditions and the value of all people. Founded in 1995, TGMC is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) and has performed across the United States and Canada. Membership is open to cisgender and transgender individuals who identify as male regardless of age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, interests or beliefs. TGMC is under the artistic direction of Lennie Collins and Jeff Whicker.
CWC Artistic Director
TGMC Board Chair