Providence Gay Men's Chorus to give benefit concert

Providence Gay Men's Chorus to give benefit concert

PROVIDENCE — The Providence Gay Men’s Chorus will present a benefit concert called “Holiday Kaleidoscope!” at the Beneficent Congregational Church, 300 Weybosset St., from Dec. 7 to 10.

The concert is a unique blend of familiar holiday classics, such as “Let It Snow!,” “Silent Night,” and “Jolly Old Saint Nick,” as well as some “delightfully arranged and beautifully sung versions of lesser known holiday tunes that will surely get you in the holiday mood,” according to Kim Kuda, the chorus’ artistic director.

“Our concert theme this season is a kaleidoscope,” said Kuda. “By definition, a kaleidoscope is a tube that has mirrors and loose pieces of colored glass inside at one end so that you see many different patterns when you turn the tube while looking inside. In other words, it is a mixture of many different things that creates an ever-changing whole.”

Kuda said its is the “perfect metaphor” for the chorus is: “We are a mixture of many different men (and women) that, together, create a beautiful, fun, and entertaining musical experience.”

But what audiences have come to expect out of the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus concerts is more than just pure entertainment, Kuda added.

“The PGMC works very hard to present all of our musical events so that they mirror our mission of inclusion, acceptance and a positive message for the future,” said Kuda. “This concert, with an amusing, thoughtful, and beautiful mix of traditional and unique musical selections, is no exception. You’ll just have to see and experience it for yourself.”

In keeping with their holiday tradition, the Friday evening concert is a benefit, and the recipient this season is the R.I. Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Half of the proceeds from that evening’s concert will be donated to the association.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 each and are available or at the door.


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