The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus (PSGMC) now over 80 voices strong, will present A Mid-Century Modern Holiday bringing to life festive Christmas and Hanukkah standards for two incredible concerts. This will not be your typical holiday show, as the PSGMC will take you on a retro journey through the mid-century modern era with delightful seasonal hits, “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” (1963) “Holly Jolly Christmas,” (1965) “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” (1943) “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” (1944) “Silver Bells,” (1950) and “A Christmas Carol” from Scrooge, the 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic.
This special production of A Mid-Century Modern Holiday is Saturday, December 13 at 8:00p.m. along with a matinee Sunday, December 14 at 3:00p.m; and will be presented at Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Road in Palm Springs. The PSGMC is accompanied by Joel Baker and is conducted by Douglas C. Wilson.
“An Elvis Christmas,” (1948-1957) a Hawaiian favorite from 1949 “Mele Kalikimaka” and several traditional Hanukkah songs “S'vivon,” “Nerli,” “Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah,” in addition to the 1961 song arranged by Blanche Chass, “Hanerot Halalu” will be a part this unique program.
“Each performance, we enjoy showcasing a few staging and costuming surprises and this one is no exception. Our new small ensembles, The Arrangement and Vocal Harmonics will be introduced for our first full concert together. The Arrangement, directed by Bruce Kenyon, sings barbershop harmony, while the second group, Vocal Harmonics is directed by Mark Austin and accompanied by Kurt Jordan,” said Douglas C. Wilson, Artistic Director, PSGMC.
Season tickets are now on sale for both productions of the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus. Individual tickets for extrABBAganza will go on sale January 6, 2015.
April 25 & 26, 2015
The Swedish pop group, ABBA, topped the music charts from 1975 – 1982. Their music found new life in movie musicals, “Muriel's Wedding” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and the smash Broadway musical, “Mamma Mia!” The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus will perform a long list of ABBA's hits, “Super Trouper”, “One of Us, Fernando”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Lay All Your Love On Me”, “Waterloo”, “Voulez Vous”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”, “Thank You for the Music” and of course, “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen”.