The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus will present “More Than Us” this Saturday, April 29 at the historic German House in Rochester.
Colin Coffey, the Board Treasurer for the RGMC, discussed the annual fundraiser Friday on News 8 at Noon.
“This year’s edition is going to be fantastic!” Coffey said. “We’re going to be previewing three tracks that we’re going to be singing at our Queen concert, so if you love Queen, that will be previewed with three songs. One of them which will be ‘Bicycle’ if you like that one, also ‘Crazy’ as well. We’ll have Thomas Warfield performing. We’ll have Eight Beat Measure, which is an a cappella group from Rochester Institute of Technology. We have got a ton of silent auction items, including a vacation to St. Croix in the Caribbean, original artworks, we’ve got tickets for our Queen concert – VIP tickets, not just ordinary tickets. Of course, we have a fantastic buffet from the German House folks at Buta Pub. So, you get a full dinner, a show, a cash bar, it’s our biggest annual fundraiser, because of course, we all know, tickets don’t cover these types of artistic events. You need fundraisers.”
The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Robert Strauss, continues to bring high quality to its performances. “I thought, honestly, when I became involved, people will think ‘oh, Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, what are they going to do?'” admitted Coffey. “But, we really shock and stun people with the amount of work that we put together. We’re at 56 choir members ranging from 18 to 77. We’re heading into our thirty-fifth year.” He added, “We also have a great time. It’s a great way to get together, to rehearse, and to have a community. And then, all of the other people who come in to support and to underpin that. We still have people who are being shunned in their churches, and in their families, even today. And the chorus is a great way of answering that, and standing up for people who can’t be there, and recognizing all of the people who support us in the lives that we’re able to lead now.”
Doors for “More Than Us” will open at 5:00 p.m. with the show slated to start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.