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Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Noel

By Charlotte Robinson, December 09, 2014
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is presenting Noel, a holiday concert with performances at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston on December 14th, 19th, 20th & 21st. There will be traditional favorites like “Deck the Halls” & “The First Noel” combined with fun new classics like “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” from the Broadway musical Elf. The concert also features the debut of “A New Year’s Carol” a stirring new work by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo co-commissioned by the Chorus. Gjeilo relocated from his native Norway to study composition at the Juilliard School of Music in 2001. The song is a hymn to the cycle of the seasons & the growth we experience as the wheel of the year keeps turning. Reuben M. Reynolds, III Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Music Director stated, “From advent calendars to Elf on the Shelf, many people celebrate the holidays by mixing old & newly-created traditions. That’s what we’ll be doing onstage, performing holiday classics alongside new songs in a performance that captures the joyful & contemplative spirit of the season.” Other selections include “Ave Maria,” “Star of Wonder” & a selection of five classic Christmas carols & holiday tunes re-imagined in the styles of unlikely composers, such as “What if Steven Sondheim had written ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’?” or “What if Jerry Herman had written ‘We Three Kings’?” Craig Coogan, Executive Director of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus concluded, “From our elaborately staged opening with “Deck the Halls” to polka dancers, drag queens & sequined elves, Noel is one of our most theatrical concerts yet. We’ll perform the most cherished holiday favorites in Act 1. Then in Act II, we’re going to sprinkle tradition with some glitter.”
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