South Coast Chorale presents West Coast premiere of ‘Bayard Rustin – The Man Behind the Dream’
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Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
LONG BEACH, Calif. –The South Coast Chorale
continues its 28th season with a celebration of diversity in the dream for civil, legal and human rights. On January 27th and 28th
, Long Beach’s LGBT chorus will present the west coast premiere of Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream.
This multi-movement piece by Cincinnati composer Steve Milloy honors the life and work of openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin; a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Focused on peaceful protest and the dignity of all people, Rustin was pushed to the margins of the movement due to his sexuality.
Joined by the First Congregational Church of Long Beach Sanctuary Choir, the Long Beach Poly High School Gospel Choir, Wilson High School Choir and members of the Christian Fellowship Chorale, over 100 singers will take the stage, accompanied by a live band and video projection. The performance will also feature local Long Beach artists Carver Cossey and Connie Rouse as featured soloists.
“We are excited to bring this important story out of the shadows and share it with our audience,” says Artistic Director Chris Smith. “The powerful music is the perfect response to the messages of fear and hate that dominate today’s society and we hope this concert will serve as a vehicle to strengthening the bridges between Long Beach’s LGBT and African American communities.”
Tickets range from $20 to $30 and are available at www.sccsingers.com
. Group discounts are also available.
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