Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-11-19
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Sponsor
Richard Simmons; Anderson Cooper pranked; Hot in Cleveland ending Richard Simmons; Anderson Cooper pranked; Hot in Cleveland ending
Richard Simmons' spokesperson that although the exercise guru is "sad" that a ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

WCPA sings for a cause, greets new leader
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT
by Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times
2013-02-27

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


I've been singing with the Windy City Gay Chorus for 10 years and writing freelance for Windy City Times for nine years. In that time, I've rarely written in these pages about Windy City Gay Chorus and its umbrella organization, Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA), unless I disclosed up front that I was a dues-paying member.

Despite past pressure from some WCPA members for increased coverage, I felt it was a journalistic conflict of interest to use my newspaper connections to highlight a Chicago chorus I sang with over others. So why am I throwing my ethics out the window for this feature on the upcoming WCPA concerts titled "A Flood of Hope" at Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 2?

The answer, in part, is due to the fact that the performances are Hurricane Sandy Relief Concerts to benefit the storm-damaged Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBT Youth in New York City. The other reason is to highlight the arrival of the new WCPA Artistic Director Paul Caldwell, who will conduct both the Windy City Gay Chorus and the women's ensemble, Aria, in "A Flood of Hope."

"Gay organizations like Windy City Performing Arts are particularly well-suited both to assist and to celebrate important issues in the gay community," said Caldwell about making his introductory WCPA conducting foray into a benefit for LGBT youth. "Music gives us such a wonderful opportunity to do that. It is sort of an opportunity missed if we don't direct at least some of our efforts that way."

Caldwell, a South Carolina native who still has the drawl to prove it, comes to Chicago's oldest gay choral organization with many years of conducting and composing experience. Locally, Caldwell previously conducted the Chicago Children's Chorus in the early 1990s and he has been artistic director of the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago for the past dozen or so years. Caldwell is also known for his choral collaborations with composer Sean Ivory that have been performed from Australia's Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall in New York.

Like many people inspired by the "It Gets Better" project to encourage struggling LGBT youth to live for a better tomorrow, Caldwell felt it was important for him to be more out and open about his life as a gay man. Caldwell made a very well-produced It Gets Better online video featuring himself and members of the Youth Choral Theater, and he now makes it a point to come out as gay whenever he travels to guest conduct ensembles and at competitions throughout the country.

Realizing that he had previously never programmed a concert solely for an LGBT organization before, Caldwell was also inspired to be more involved directly with Chicago's gay community.

"When the position with Windy City Performing Arts came open, I thought that would be a good way for me to do it," said Caldwell. "I'm thrilled to be here and I think it's a period of great growth and great excitement—building on a tradition that is really legendary and imbuing that tradition with new energy."

Now WCPA has seen its share of many leadership struggles, with more than five different choral directors rotating in and out to lead the organization over the past decade. WCPA has also seen fluctuations in membership, with many long-term members and followers of the chorus often bemoaning how the chorus has never been as populous as its heyday in the 1980s.

"You have to make sure that the people in the room are having a good time, said Caldwell when asked about membership retention. "Particularly with volunteer choruses, people are choosing to give their leisure time to this activity and if they don't feel like a burden in their life has been lightened a bit week after week, then there isn't much reason for them to keep doing it."

Caldwell still feels that LGBT choruses have important work to do, even if some of the original founding principles for many have been changed through the years.

"It's a time when many gay choruses are re-examining their purpose—because when the gay chorus movement started, it was all about having a place where people could be out and proud," Caldwell said. "The world has changed enough that it isn't as absolutely immediately urgent and necessary as it was at that time. Now there are a lot of choruses that people can sing in and be out and nobody cares."

However, Caldwell feels that LGBT choruses are particularly poised to celebrate the advancements made in terms of equality efforts toward gay marriage and other issues important to the community.

"Not that long ago, this was unthinkable and the cause has been moved forward by leaps and bounds," said Caldwell. "For any member of the LGBT community who ever sang in a high school or college course, there is a place waiting for you at WCPA."

Caldwell admitted that he's still getting his bearings with WCPA, but he still feels there is plenty of good it can still do for both its members and audiences. A major goal is "having the organization be a part of the larger community and creating a situation where the world is a better place because the gay chorus exists."

"A Flood of Hope"—which the Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria will perform—takes place at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. The concert is a Hurricane Sandy relief concert to benefit the Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBT Youth in New York City. General admission tickets are $20; see www.windycitysings.org . Discounted tickets of $15 for seniors and $10 for students and kids will be available at the door.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

OFF-BROADWAY 'Sylvester' musical: Serving realness 2014-11-26
OPERA REVIEW Porgy and Bess 2014-11-26
Musical event examines the Black experience 2014-11-26
Theater, dance, music news and events 2014-11-25
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Tove Lo gets into the 'Habit' 2014-11-24
Billy Masters 2014-11-24
Cher cancels; Michael Sam's honor; Andy Cohen outs Spacey 2014-11-24
Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth 2014-11-24
The Voice's Michelle Chamuel to play Lincoln Hall 2014-11-24
Country star Ty Herndon comes out of the closet, Billy Gilman follows 2014-11-20
Rockin' around the Christmas tree with Dee Snider 2014-11-19
Entertainment: Auditorium marks 125th; concert fundraiser; Barlesque 2014-11-19
BENT NIGHTS Reagan Youth 2014-11-19
Chicago Artists Chorale inaugural concert Dec. 16 2014-11-17
Lakeside Pride, Lea DeLaria and Artemis celebrate Women In Music 2014-11-17
Artemis Singers to present "Loves Lost, Loves Found" in 2015 2014-11-15
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: THRILLED ABOUT THE DAME 2014-11-12
BENT NIGHTS Stephin Merritt; Boneshaker; Alice Cooper 2014-11-12
NUNN ON ONE Ryan Seacrest talks 'Idol,' clothes, Kardashians 2014-11-12
Marriage now allowed in Kansas; Elton's foundation's grants 2014-11-12
Culture Club comeback; Ariana Grande's change; Mark Wahlberg 2014-11-12
Artemis Singers: Celebrating 35 years of shows 2014-11-12
Music coming up: Carmen Carrera; Harris, Osborne at Staples event 2014-11-12
Boy George draws avant-garde to MCA 2014-11-11
Rev. James Cleveland is explained with a queer perspective 2014-11-11
MUSIC 'Unplugged' performance amplifies awareness of rape, suicide 2014-11-11
Mary J. Blige brings 'London' to Chicago 2014-11-11
Queer musicians Alber and Henderson in Chicago Nov. 14 2014-11-09
Bill Pollack Music: Making memories through melodies 2014-11-05
SHOW REVIEW Britney-the woman and the brand-puts on Vegas show 2014-11-05
Whitney-Manilow duet; LGBT Starbucks ad; GLAAD vs. Wendy Williams 2014-11-04
Armatrading on final tour, at City Winery April 23-24 2014-11-04
BETTY returns for holiday show 2014-10-29
Music, radio are David Polk's passion, profession 2014-10-29
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Carpenter does Caligari 2014-10-29
Melissa Etheridge: On marriage, performing 2014-10-29
Events coming up in film, arts, music, performance 2014-10-29
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Macy Gray shows us 'The Way' 2014-10-22
EXHIBITS 'David Bowie Is' wows patrons at the MCA 2014-10-22
Laramie Project; Boy George; Library exhibit on marriage 2014-10-22





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional
 
TRAVEL Eureka Springs, Ark.: Living on mountain time
 
National Women's Hall of Fame hosts forum in Chicago
 
Leaving a legacy: Danny Kopelson reflects on Hall of Fame life
 
DISH: SAVOR Old Crow Smokehouse; Kokopelli
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.