San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Rings in the Holiday Season with HOLIGAYS ARE HERE: RING THEM BELLS
Today, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig and Executive Director Chris Verdugo announced Holigays Are Here: Ring Them Bells-a holiday extravaganza featuring the 300 men of the chorus-performing at San Francisco's Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly the Nourse Theater) on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Holigays Are Here: Ring Them Bells ($25-$110) are on-sale now by visiting www.SFGMC.org or by calling 415-392-4400.
"No one presents holidays 'with a twist' quite like the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. The 275 men sing - and dance - their hearts out in order to bring the holiday spirit to stages around the Bay Area," says Seelig. "This season, it's all about bells. From the clang of the trolley to the carillon at Grace Cathedral, we are surrounded by bells, especially during the holidays. Our very special guests will be the 12-member professional Velocity Handbell Ensemble. There's nothing like the rumble of men's voices with the brilliance of bells accompanying them."
Adds Verdugo: "The holidays are an important time for San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus to bring communities together, embrace our similarities and differences, and build lasting memories. Our 30-year history of singing at the Castro Theatre in December has become a tradition in the immediate community and we look forward to celebrating the season and spreading joy throughout the San Francisco Bay Area."
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will bring Holigays Are Here* to audiences at three other venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. On Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 7 p.m., the Chorus will perform at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (2020 Addison St.) in Berkeley. Tickets for the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse concert are on-sale now at www.thefreight.org. On Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 5 p.m., the Chorus and Velocity Handbell Ensemble will perform at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park (1801 E. Cotati Ave.). Tickets for the Green Music Center concert are on-sale now at www.gmc.sonoma.edu. On Tuesday, December 24, 2019, the Chorus will give three performances at the iconic Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Tickets for this Christmas Eve engagement are on-sale now at www.SFGMC.org or by calling 415-392-4400.
*Note to calendar editors: Only performances at The Sydney Goldstein Theater are titled Holigays Are Here: Ring Them Bells. Performances at all other venues are titled Holigays Are Here.
"Ringing in the holiday season, this concert is SFGMC'S signature romp through festive favorites new and old, along with unexpected surprises and unique interpretations. The holiday program will run the gamut from Liza Minnelli's outrageous "Ring Them Bells" to a new arrangement of SFGMC's beloved tradition of "Silent Night." The Chorus will be joined by special guests the Velocity Handbell Ensemble, San Francisco's premier professional bell ensemble.
Photo by JP Lor