Join the acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir for The Lavender Pen Tour at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, October 14, 2017, with special guests One Voice Chorus of Charlotte and Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte!
All proceeds and donations from the Charlotte, NC show of the Lavender Pen Tour directly benefit:
Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte
One Voice Chorus of Charlotte
Time Out Youth Center
To purchase tickets to the concert at Ovens Auditorium call 800-745-3000 or for a link to order online, click here.
Additionally while in Charlotte for the Saturday evening event, the SFGMC and the OIGC will participate in an interfaith service Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. Speakers from a diversity of faith backgrounds will share their perspectives on faith and community in North Carolina.
And, Myers Park Baptist Church will host the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in worship on Sunday, October 15. The OIGC is in its 32nd season of inspiring “joy and unity through black gospel and spiritual music.” Based in Oakland, California and accompanied by bass, keyboard, and drums, the Choir has performed with a variety of groups ranging from the Blind Boys of Alabama to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The OIGC has also sung on several Grammy-winning albums. OIGC will join the singers of Myers Park Baptist Church Chancel Choir for their Sunday morning worship service at 11:00 a.m.
For nearly 40 years, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) has served as an international standard-bearer for a powerful mix of extraordinary musical excellence and mission-driven activism. Founded in 1978, it was the first choral organization to courageously proclaim its orientation in its name and is credited with helping start the LGBT choral movement that now spans the entire globe, galvanizing and changing the course of LGBT history.
It continues to inspire other arts-based community organizations through its performances and involvement in human rights, community activism, empowerment and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among LGBT organizations.
This fall, SFGMC will kick off its 40th Season by embarking on a tour of southern states — states that have major discriminatory laws aimed at the LGBTQ+ community. It is the Chorus’ hope that the music will encourage LGBTQ+ people and allies to come together, provoke conversations and action around civil liberties for all, while raising much-needed funds for local LGBTQ+ organizations, so they can continue doing their vital work to dismantle these biased and discriminatory laws.
It is the Chorus’ intention to have the tour fully underwritten so that all monies raised stay in the respective communities. Proceeds from the show at Ovens Auditorium will directly benefit local and national LGBTQ+ organizations.