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Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles to perform “Holiday Spectacular: Festival of Carols” on Dec. 14 & 15

If you haven’t seen the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles perform, I highly recommend you  do.

Their shows are always first-rate and not once over the years have I left feeling anything less than completely satisfied and entertained.

This year, GMCLA presents its annual musical extravaganza, Holiday Spectacular: Festival of Carols! on Dec. 14 or 15.

The group will kick off its 35th Season when it returns to the Alex Theatre (216 N. Brand Boulevard) in Glendale.

Here are the details: This year’s performance will be conducted by GMCLA’s newly-installed Artistic Director, Dr. Joseph Nadeau, who comes to the Chorus following 15 years as the artistic director of Heartland Men’s Chorus in Kansas City.

The Chorus’s very own youth performing ensemble, Outside Voices, which was formed in 2012 and which consists of young LGBTQIA people aged 14-24 who live in the Los Angeles area, will perform alongside the Chorus in some of the numbers.

Such holiday songs as Do You Hear What I Hear? and Carol of the Bells will be performed with a unique GMCLA twist. The ensembles will also perform Variations of Jingle Bells by Mark Hayes, and a production of Sparklejollytwinklejingley from the musical Elf.

There will also be selections from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols which is significant because the original name for the chorus was Benjamin Britten Singers.

“Though the original name of the Chorus did not last, we are choosing to perform selections from Britten to celebrate his 100th birthday and as a nod to GMCLA history,” said Nadeau. “I’m excited to be kicking off GMCLA’s 35th Season and my tenure with the Chorus in this holiday performance. It means a lot to revisit the Chorus’s history while also being a part of its future.”

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