The holidays have always been my favorite time of year. I love the change of season. I actually enjoy all the hustle and bustle. The whole world seems to lighten up just a little, and music seems to emanate from everywhere! This holiday season marks my third as the artistic director and conductor of the Greenville Gay Men’s Chorus. From the first concert I conducted in December 2019 to singing with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in March 2020 to being confined to Zoom rehearsals and singing outside during a global pandemic, it has been an interesting tenure.
After two years, we are so delighted to finally be back together ready to sing an entire concert for a live audience! On December 10, we will present our 2021 holiday concert, What a Gay Holiday! For so long, many of us never dreamed that we would be able to sing in front of our community as a group of out and proud gay men. Now, not only are we welcomed in the community, but we are affirmed in this church. Your support and embrace are gifts that we cherish, and we invite you to come as we share our gift of song with you.
Our concert has something for everyone. We will sing holiday favorites like “Jingle Bells” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” familiar carols like “Silent Night,” several pieces that are sure to make you laugh, and a brand new piece written by members of the chorus reflecting on the “Twelve Memories of Quarantine.”
Join us as we celebrate, and may your holidays be bright and gay!
—Shelton

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