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"It Gets Better" Concert repertoire suggestions?

Hello everyone! 
 
    My name is Dan Kocurek and I've been lucky enough to be appointed the new Artistic Director of the Vancouver Peace Choir for the Fall season. I'm also brand new to this site! I'm trying to put together a concert for the "It Gets Better" campaign that I'd like to webcast internationally. Basically what I'm trying to do is take something that has been done before (a concert that loosely progresses from dark to light...I think the metaphor is obvious enough that there is no need to explain) but with a twist, if possible. So far my program includes:
 
Gjeilo- Dark Night of the Soul
Lukaszewski-Nunc Dimittis
 
Whitacre-Alleluia
Trotta- I Will Keep Still
Gjeilo- Luminous Night of the Soul
 
Possibly Barber-Sure on This Shining Night
 
 
I'd like to add a few more pieces that might be even more pertinient...either dark, intense (rhytmic, energetic) pieces written by lgtbq composers or bright and rhythmic pieces written by lgtbq composers. I've found a surplus of amazing slow pieces but seem to be having a hard time finding things with more energy to keep the concert moving. 
 
Thank you for your time in reading this! I appreciate any and all input!
 
Cheers
Dan Kocurek
www.dankocurek.net
Replies (23): Threaded | Chronological
on June 21, 2013 1:29pm
Thank you so much to everyone for your input! There are many great, hopeful options here from which to choose! 
 
Does anyone have any suggestions about darker, yet energetic/intense repertoire in this vein? I think you've helped me to finish up my second half (the "Light" or "hopeful" half), and now I'm just in need of some options for energetic pieces for the "Dark" first half. Thank you so much...I've been browsing your suggestions all day!
 
Cheers,
 
Dan
on June 22, 2013 6:12am
on July 25, 2013 6:40am
Hi Dan, and welcome.
 
I am a composer who has a couple of LGBTQ related songs.  One specifically comes to mind "Come, Celebrate Our Pride" which is anthem in style - bright, upbeat and the overall theme of look how far we've come,  - come celebrate with us. It also has a short speaking interlude in the middle.
 
If you want to peruse the sheet music, drop me an email as to where I could send it to you.  I also have a demo recording of it (mp3) I could also attached.
 
Contact me at dcrockford(a)shaw.ca
 
Daryl
on July 25, 2013 6:47am
You have More Friends than you Know - by Jeff Marx/Mervyn Warren - performed on GLEE a few months back, but also has been done by choirs (SFGMC being one of them).
also on that same episode was a song entitled "Outcast" - but I have had no luck tracking down sheet music or even composer information.
 
 
on July 26, 2013 5:45am
 
I think Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech would fit the bill, so I suggest you check out this YouTube video of "Martin's Dream": http://youtu.be/b2GXgoku0dg (Full disclosure: I wrote it.) If you'd like a copy, I can send you a pdf, an mp3 and the text. Performance licensing is taken care of already through EMI April Music, which controls that aspect of the copyright for the King Estate, so no worries there. It was just performed by the Zamir Chorale for upwards of 400 choral singers at a festival in upstate New York and received a long standing ovation. (I think they liked it.) In any case, best of luck in your new position.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on July 28, 2013 7:44pm
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