Three Choruses, Two Nights, One Unforgettable Experience
Join us for the region’s premier event paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
SOUTH FLORIDA’S LANDMARK EVENT
June 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the most important milestone in LGBTQ+ history, the Stonewall uprising. The region’s three gay men’s choruses (Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus) are joining forces for Up, Rise, SING!, paying tribute to the courage of those who stood up in 1969, and the many heroes since. This incredibly moving and inspiring concert will have audiences celebrating the strength of the human spirit and cheering for a shared vision of tolerance and acceptance for all people. The concert features well-loved hits such as “What a Wonderful World,” “Why We Sing,” and “Farmer’s Tan,” as well as a spectacular new piece paying tribute to the uprising called, Quiet No More. (Learn more by clicking the plus sign on this page)
Anthony Cabrera, Artistic Director-Miami Gay Men’s Chorus; Dr. Gary Keating, Director-Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus; Harold Dioquino, Artistic Director & Conductor-Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida
Quiet No More
The crowning jewel of the June concert is a new work titled, Quiet No More, which the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida co-commissioned with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, along with a handful of other choral groups from across the country. “Quiet No More is about retelling the story of the Stonewall riots 50 years ago and where the riot has led us to the present time. The way the music and lyrics were written, they transport audiences to the period of time up to and during the riots so vividly and powerfully that you feel like you’re physically at the scene when it happened,” states GMCSF’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Harold Dioquino.
“I find the music very interesting since each song is composed by a different composer, thus each having a different style of its own…yet all of the songs stay relevant to each other. The audience will hear a good portion of 70’s ballads and disco music, which will transport the audience to a different time and place. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore!” The audience will also hear a gorgeous 11 o’clock (present time cabaret style) ballad by Anne Hampton Callaway entitled “What if Truth is All We Have.” The composition ends with a rousing and uplifting song called “Speak Out,” which encourages the audience to sing with the choruses onstage. Between the narrative parts and the music, Quite No More is a great way to celebrate the victory of the Stonewall Riots.”
Overall Themes and Concepts
Tell the Stonewall Riot story
The piece will give listeners a rich, accurate, entertaining, nuanced portrayal of what actually happened during the riots, and dispel some urban legends and reveal surprising details.
When Your Stonewall Moment Happens, Will You Join In?
The riots were a breaking point where a group of people decided they were no longer going to accept the way things were. We want the audience to apply the same idea to their own lives and leave feeling inspired to make change happen.
Take One Step Forward, Link Arms
Before the riots, people felt isolated and ineffective. During the riots (and after) individuals banded together, and the whole was more effective than the sum of its parts. Audiences should leave feeling they are not alone.
The Ripple Effect
Stonewall was one moment in history, but Stonewall moments continue into the present and future. Stonewall 50 will show the ripple effect that will continue to happen all over the world.
- I Love You/What a Wonderful World
- In My Garden from Living Out Loud
- Farmer’s Tan from Pump Boys and Dinettes
- Baba Yetu
- I Sing Out
- I Am That Man
- Why We Sing
Quiet No More
- Prologue: It Was the Day
- The Only Place You Can Dance
- Glorious Beauties
- Gotta Get Down to Downtown
- And We Walked
- We Are a Celebration
- What If Truth is All We Have?
- Speak Out!