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San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus presents SantaConcert with Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. Features World Premiere of There is No Mrs. Claus by Composer Michael E. Dansicker

Location: California, USA
Voicing: Men
250 Santas Take the Stage Dec. 6 at Davies Symphony Hall
in partnership with Make-A-Wish and Dec. 24 at the Castro Theatre
Taking a cue from the popular and festively irreverent international phenomenon of
SantaCon, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus with Artistic Director Dr. Timothy
Seelig, are ready to ring in the holiday season with SantaConcert and newly
composed and arranged music sure to become holiday classics.
SantaConcert includes a plethora of brand new, exciting pieces arranged especially
for this event including the World Premiere of the completely outrageous “There is no
Mrs. Claus” with words & music by Michael E. Dansicker, one of New York’s busiest
Broadway composers, arrangers and orchestrators. “Michael Dansicker chose San
Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus specifically to present the world premiere of his new
work,” said Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC artistic director. “This piece is way over the
top and already scheduled to be performed in cities across the U.S. following our
premiere. We are thrilled to share it with San Francisco first.”

SFGMC is also partnering, for its December 6th performance, with Make-A-Wish to
help fund a wish for a Bay Area child. Make-A-Wish has special significance for
SFGMC as one of its singers, Michael McGovern, was diagnosed with a rare form of
muscle cancer at the age of two. Make-A-Wish brought hope and support to Michael
and his family through his wish of seeing Mickey Mouse and all the Disney
characters. Make-A-Wish turned a traumatizing ordeal into something endurable.
Michael is now 28 years old and sings proudly beside his brothers as a member of

The Chorus is joined, in the first half of the concert at Davies Symphony Hall, by the
60-piece Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Orchestra. In only five years, the orchestra
has already cemented its place in the bay area arts community by extraordinary
artistry and community building.

San Francisco audiences have been delighted for several years by the hit song
“Christmas By the Bay.” The song has lyrics by Clark Sterling and music by Nolan
Gasser, both bay area artists. The piece was made popular by singer Tim Hockenberry
and is now presented as another first being performed by a male chorus with new
orchestration by Greg Pliska.

Annual Tradition of Concerts at the Castro Theatre December 24
For 23 years. SFGMC has packed the Castro Theater on Christmas Eve, December 24, for what has become a
legendary Bay Area tradition of multiple concerts for community and family. The three performances at the
iconic Castro Theatre on Christmas Eve began as a way for people in San Francisco who could not go home for
the holidays to gather and celebrate. Over the years, the concerts have become a destination for SFGMC patrons
and fans who attend from cities near and far.
SantaConcert Tickets
Tickets for SantaConcert, on December 6th/Davies Symphony Hall (Tickets $25-$75) or the December 24th for
three performances at the Castro Theatre -5:00 pm; 7:00 pm and 9:00 p.m. (Tickets $15-$25) are available at or by calling the box office at (415) 865-2787.

SantaConcert Benefit Tour
The Chorus will also be taking SantaConcert on the road to Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz, with concerts
benefitting two fabulous organizations, Face-to-Face and the Santa Cruz AIDS Project (SCAP). To join the San
Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Face to Face in Santa Rosa on December 1, 2012 and get a sneak preview of
SantaConcert, buy your tickets are available at
And if you miss us on the 6th, join us and SCAP on December 15 in Santa Cruz. Tickets are available at https://

An Iconic 35th Season for an Iconic Chorus
Iconic: Season 35 opened with Crescendo, the Chorus’ annual season preview and fundraising event at the Four
Seasons Hotel in San Francisco and includes SantaConcert (December 6 at Davies Symphony Hall and
December 24 at the Castro Theatre), Snow White and Her Merry Men with guest artists from Beach Blanket
Babylon (March 25 and 26 2013 at Davies Symphony Hall), and Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy (June
27 and 28 2013 at Nourse Auditorium). Diageo Americas is an official presenting sponsor for Iconic: Season 35.
About Michael E. Dansicker
Michael E. Dansicker is one of New York’s busiest composers, arrangers and orchestrators having worked on
over 100 New York productions including music producer for the movie, “Elf.” He is a singer, dancer and vocal
coach and arranger for Bob Dylan.

About Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) is dedicated to increasing visibility and challenging stereotypes of
LGBTQ composers and musicians. BARS performs ambitious repertory to a high standard, connecting with and
bridging audiences from all communities. For more information about BARS and upcoming concerts and
tickets, visit
About Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich
the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In 2012 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area embarks on 28
years of fulfilling magical wishes. During its first year of operation, in 1984, the chapter granted 27 wishes.
Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area grants over 300 wishes per year and has
granted 6,000 wishes to date. The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del
Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa
Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma. The goal of Make-A-Wish is to grant a wish to every eligible
child in its territory. Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more information or to refer a child for a wish,
please call 415/982-9474 or visit

About SantaCon
SantaCon is a massive gathering of Santas taking place around the world. Throughout the holiday, hundreds of
lively people dressed in Santa costumes gather to celebrate the holiday season with cheer and goodwill. This
Christmas tradition originated in San Francisco in 1994 and is now an international phenomenon occurring in
28 countries. One of the largest SantaCon gatherings occurs annually in New York City's Central Park, and the
Guinness World Record for the largest SantaCon event occurred in Ireland in 2007 with more than 13,000 men,
women and children dressed in Santa costumes. No matter where SantaCon takes place, merry mobs of Santas
"paint the town red" with Christmas carols, public parades, small gift giving, and bar-hopping. Mass gatherings
of SantaCon fans are also known to ice-skate, run or walk marathons, dance through department stores, or fill
bus and subway cars.

For 35 years, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has courageously served as the international standard bearer
for a powerful and accomplished mix of high-caliber performance, human rights, community activism,
empowerment and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among LGBT organizations. Founded in 1978, it was
the first organization of its kind and is credited with starting the LGBT choral movement, galvanizing and
changing the course of LGBT history. It continues to rally and inspire other arts-based community organizations
around the world. Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC has in
recent seasons established a heightened level of performance standards receiving audience and choral acclaim,
increased its touring and recording profile and broadened its impact and reputation in the community while
maintaining its signature blend of humor, personality and high-voltage performances. For information about the
performances and SFGMC, visit and follow us on and http://
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