San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is ‘Enchantingly Wicked’ Joined by Iconic Broadway and Film Composer Stephen Schwartz
Event Date: March 12, 2012
Posted: March 12, 2012
Location: California, USA
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), under the artistic direction of Dr. Timothy Seelig, has rolled out the magical red carpet for the multi Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. He will join the 275 SFGMC members on stage performing his celebrated Broadway musical hits and film tunes in Enchantingly Wicked, March 20-21, 2012 in San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall.
Spanning over four decades, Stephen Schwartz’s lyrical works encompass Broadway sensations Wicked, Godspell (currently enjoying a revival on Broadway), Pippin, The Baker’s Wife, and Children of Eden; and the musical scores for films including Enchanted, The Prince of Egypt, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Pocahontas.
“Enchantingly Wicked is an amazing collaboration between the Chorus and Stephen,” said Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC artistic director. “Creating this show has been a once in a lifetime dream made possible by Stephen’s vast songbook of inspiring music. We are over the moon and thrilled to perform his magical works.”
Composed especially for SFGMC, Mr. Schwartz along with the It Gets Better Project co-founder Dan Savage will premiere “Testimony”, a breathtakingly poignant new musical work woven from transcripts of those who have shared their lives' journeys. Dan Savage, syndicated columnist, author, and star of MTV’s upcoming series “Savage U,” worked closely with Stephen Schwartz on the new choral work.
"Testimony" was recently recorded at Skywalker Ranch, for future release and DVD sales later this month. The recording is produced by multi Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Leslie Ann Jones who is currently the Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm, Ltd. company.
Acclaimed operatic soprano and second-time celebrated guest with SFGMC, Melody Moore, returns from her recent leading role as Régine Saint Laurent in the American debut of Rufus Wainwright’s new opera, Prima Donna, in New York. Excerpts from Schwartz’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon will round out her feature in the Enchantingly Wicked performances.
The Choral Project directed by Daniel Hughes also joins SFGMC to perform Kéramos, composed for The Choral Project by Schwartz. The award-winning San Jose ensemble also performs several equally enjoyable works that round out the program.
“We invite you to hear SFGMC with the extraordinary music of Stephen Schwartz. See the Chorus perform his beloved songs along with him, and experience the extraordinary and moving world premiere of ‘Testimony,’” concluded Dr. Seelig.
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Tickets available online at SFGMC.org and through City Box Office: by phone (415) 392-4400 (Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm) and in person at City Box Office 180 Redwood Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94102.