The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus (NMGMC), directed by Aaron Howe, is excited to unveil the lineup for their 43rd season. This season’s lineup is brimming with dynamic performances to be held in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and will also see collaborations with Opera Southwest and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC).
The festivities commence with a beloved annual holiday performance titled Something Must Be Wrong with My Mistletoe. The season continues with the spring show, An Evening with Tony, showcasing the splendor of Broadway melodies. The grand finale in June will be ¡Orgullo!, a concert celebrating Latinx Pride, in collaboration with NHCC.
“We’re very excited about our 43rd season,” said Aaron Howe, NMGMC Artistic Director. “This season, I wanted to do something very different than our normal holiday concerts. This year, we take a look at when the holidays go unexpectedly, and when things happen that are out of your control. In the end, it’s all about making the best of the situation and bringing people together.”
New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus Season Highlights
The excitement begins Friday, December 8, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., with NMGMC’s presentation of Something Must Be Wrong with My Mistletoe at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Audiences will be treated to a diverse musical selection from the eponymous Something Must Be Wrong with My Mistletoe to a medley from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The repertoire also includes pieces such as Eric Whitacre’s Sleep and Idina Menzel’s December Prayer, along with familiar tunes like Hard Candy Christmas and You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. The audience will also hear less familiar holiday tunes, including In the Market for a Miracle and Reindeer Tango.
Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 9, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m., at Albuquerque’s Hiland Theater.
NMGMC believes strength grows by adding voice to voice, and understanding between people of diverse cultures and orientations blossoms each time musical offerings are presented.
An Evening with Tony
On Friday, March 30, 2024, at 7:30 p.m., and the following afternoon, the chorus will enchant audiences with An Evening with Tony at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. This event promises a selection of the finest songs from Tony award-winning musicals, with heartfelt solos, harmonious ensembles, and spectacular group performances. An encore will occur on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.
The season ends with the Pride-themed ¡Orgullo! concert, which will infuse the event with Latinx zest. The NMGMC and guest performers will take the stage on Friday, June 21, 2024, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, and will continue with performances on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m., at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus and Opera Southwest Chorus
There will be another opportunity to enjoy the voices of the NMGMC when they perform with the Opera Southwest Chorus for the opera, Before Night Falls, a historic first for Opera Southwest featuring a gay character in a lead role. Showtimes are set for Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 2 p.m., Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m., at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
“NMGMC is honored to work with such storied organizations as Opera Southwest and NHCC,” Howe continues. “We value creating lasting partnerships with other arts organizations which, ultimately, help nurture the cultural soul of our community.”
About the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus
As it enters its 43rd Season, the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus continues to serve as a pillar of strength for the LGBTQ+ community and a beacon of choral distinction in New Mexico. NMGMC believes strength grows by adding voice to voice, and understanding between people of diverse cultures and orientations blossoms each time musical offerings are presented.
NMGMC’s mission is to reduce homophobia and intolerance and create a positive image of the LGBTQ+ community through high-quality, public musical performances, with the motto Changing the World Through Music.
For further details on the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus’ forthcoming season or to buy individual or full-season tickets, please click over to their website.