The First Baptist Church is the venue once again for the Ithaca Gay Men's Chorus spring concert, being held this Saturday evening at 8pm. The fifth annual concert will include selections from The Beatles song catalogue, Irish folk songs, an Innu tribe aural soundscape, an Islamic chant, and classic chorale.
Ithaca Gay Men's Chorus. Photo provided.IGMC alumni will be invited to join current members to perform pieces from past concerts, to celebrate the group's fifth anniversary. The group bills itself as "the only inclusive all-male choral group in Ithaca, proudly recognizing the talents of both straight and gay men in their ensemble," and appears at as many as 15 events a year. "They can often be found serving up sass, spark, and fabulousness at fundraising and special events," says Rolland Lee, a member of the chorus.
Founded in 2009, the Ithaca Gay Men's Chorus is a member group of Ithaca Community Choruses, an umbrella organization that helps provide opportunities for Tompkins County residents to perform in professionally directed choral groups. Open rehearsals for the IGMC are held weekly at the First Baptist Church on Tuesday nights from 7:15-9:30pm, and anyone who'd like to join the chorus may contact them by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concert will be conducted by Thom Baker, a well-known tenor and expert in choral arts and period performance. Tickets are available online for $11 or at the door for $15. Proceeds help to secure performance rights for musical arrangements the group uses, and to support the Ithaca Gay Men's Chorus and Ithaca Community Choruses.
The First Baptist Church is adjacent to Downtown Ithaca's DeWitt Park, at 309 North Cayuga Street.