The gay men’s chorus holiday concerts were this weekend, and I’m pleased to report that everything went very well.
We had three nearly sold out shows (even the Sunday matinee was packed to all but the side balconies), and every performance went almost perfectly. I will say that overall I think The Saturday performance was best, and that was the one my mother attended.
(This is at the end of “Oseh Shalom” a piece sung in Hebrew which ended up being one of the most powerful in our program and a crowd favorite).
Mom said that while she thought the concert was a bit long, it was really good and she enjoyed it all. She also said I did a good job in my trio and small ensemble. I don’t think she realizes what a big deal it was for me to put myself out there in this way, but that’s ok.
Mother also said, “I have never been surrounded by so many gay men in my life.”
I don’t think she liked some of the gay “camp” aspects (like the sugarplum fairy dancers)– or how much “gay” was present in the building.
The main thing for me was that I heard very nice comments about the trio and how our voices blended. It was nice being complimented on that.
And OutLoud! got some good, positive feedback as well. Lots of “sounded great” and “I think that’s the tightest OutLoud! Has ever sounded.” Even other chorus members said we sounded good- which given the judge Judy nature of many a gay man, is saying something.
(That’s me on the far right.)
Even with all this positive reinforcement and ego stroking, I’m glad it’s over. All the preparation and stress and performance focus can be exhausting!
So now I get a small, well-deserved break until January when we start preparation for the Beatles concert. I’m excited to get some new music to sing and something fresh to work on.