During Fierce, Fabulous, and Moving Forward, DGMC’s annual Pride concert, Artistic Director James Knapp previewed the next season—a big one, the Chorus’s historic 40th anniversary! Through a year-long series of events and concerts, DGMC promises to demonstrate its dynamic strength and further its mission to create music and change in our community.
In addition to Classical, Carols and Camp! this year’s holiday fare, DGMC’s ruby anniversary season will feature the Colorado premiere of “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” by Joel Thompson, as a prelude to Motown and More, the concert run unceremonious cut short by the pandemic. The last words of seven unarmed black men before police killed them inspired the lyrics for this powerful piece. In the last decade, over 100 black men have been killed by police in the US. Though the piece premiered nearly five years ago, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Coloradan Elijah McClain, along with the uprising and national protests of the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2020 and beyond, make this work even more relevant today.
In addition, next June’s Pride concert Unbreakable is a new musical co-commissioned by DGMC and eleven other gay men’s choruses, created by renowned Broadway composer Andrew Lippa. It is an epic musical chronology of the American gay experience spanning 120 years of largely unknown and unspoken history.