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    Holiday 2022 Performances

    Voices Singing, 

    Let's Be Jolly!

       
    Thursday, December 15, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 17, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
    Sunday, December 18, 2022, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
     
    St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
    3281 16th Street (at Dolores)
    San Francisco, California

    We're Celebrating Turning 40!

     

    Mark Your Calendars

    Saturday, May 6, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, May 7, 2023 4:00 p.m.

    AUDITION

    Let's make beautiful music together

    Ranked 10th

    In the Top 50 Groups in the Male Choir Category

  • CONCERTS AND EVENTS

  • Voices Singing, Let's Be Jolly Concert Graphic

    Holiday 2022 Performances

    Thursday, December 15, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

    Saturday, December 17, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

    Sunday, December 18, 2022, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

     

    St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

    3281 16th Street (at Dolores)

    San Francisco, California

     

  • Ruby Jubilee Concert Graphic

    We're Celebrating Turning 40!

     

    Save the Dates for Our Upcoming Ruby Jubilee Performances

     

    Saturday, May 6, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, May 7, 2023 4:00 p.m.

  • MUSIC

    Loving Again
    GGMC's premiere recording.
    Mass
    Featuring the Mass in B-flat by Josef Rheinberger and Maurice Duruflé's Messe Cum Jubilo, MASS is part of our continuing effort to bring the rich tradition of men's chorus music to Bay Area audiences.
    Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    A collection of GGMC favorites from 25 years of holiday repertoire. Tidings of Comfort and Joy is sure to put you in the holiday mood!
    30
    30 celebrates GGMC’s achievement of three decades of music.
    Out of the Deep
    Music of love, hope, and redemption including eight GGMC favorites, and five GGMC commissions by Ešenvalds, Conte, Miškinis, Antognini, and Enns.
  • ABOUT US

    The Golden Gate Men's Chorus is committed to excellence and joyous music-making; providing a supportive and nurturing atmosphere for our members' artistic and social self-expression; and sharing and expanding the rich and continuing tradition of male choral music.

    Entertaining San Francisco for 40 Years

    The Golden Gate Men's Chorus was formed by Dick Kramer in 1982 as the Dick Kramer Gay Men's Chorale. Mr. Kramer, one of the founding fathers of the American gay choral movement, envisioned a small men's ensemble reminiscent of university men's choruses of 19th-century Europe.

     

    Reorganized as the Golden Gate Men's Chorus in 1988, the GGMC continues to present high-quality performances of men's choral music.

    Drawing Strength From San Francisco's Diversity

    The GGMC does not discriminate by age, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any ability other than musicianship. Though the GGMC is, by definition, a men's vocal group, the group makes every effort to include women's participation. In the past, paid consultants such as house managers, vocal coaches, and concert producers have been women. Women have also been volunteers for the group and are encouraged to seek election to the Board.

     

    Though the Golden Gate Men's Chorus has its roots in the gay community, its membership includes both gay and gay-supportive men. The group represents San Francisco's ethnic and social diversity, with members spanning African American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Latino, Vietnamese, and Western European heritages and spanning age groups from 20s to 70s.

  • Joseph Piazza, Music Director

    Joseph Piazza

    Music Director

     

    Fred Cummins, Accompanist

    Fred Cummins

    Accompanist

     

  • History of the Chorus

    Image of article originally published in the Bay Area Reporter, July 15, 1982.

    Image of article originally published in the Bay Area Reporter, July 15, 1982.

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    In August, 1982, shortly after stepping down as music director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Dick Kramer put out word (and posters) that he was forming an entirely new group, to be called the Dick Kramer Gay Men's Chorale. He envisioned a small men's ensemble of around 40, reminiscent of university men's choruses of 19th century Europe. This was evident in the goal statement of the chorus' first four years: "The goal of the Chorale is to maintain a membership of about 40 male voices to concentrate on serious musical repertoire, and to travel so that the tradition of gay male voices dedicated to musical excellence can carry beyond the San Francisco Bay Area." The chorale performed three sets annually, with each set consisting of 3-4 performances in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda and/or Contra Costa counties. The chorale also did regular joint performances with the Temescal GMC (Oakland), Liedermann Chorus (now Silicon Valley GMC), Contra Costa Chorale, VOICES Lesbian Chorus, Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF, and San Francisco GMC, as well as participating in the annual Pride Concert. The DKGMC was also a founding member of the new GALA Choruses organization in 1983 (and has been represented in every GALA festival to date). In recognition of the chorale's achievement, the California Arts Council granted funding in 1985 upon its first application.

    From its first performances in 1982, the DKGMC was well received by the local press and San Francisco audiences, and received rave reviews for its programming and performances. In addition, the DKGMC was featured regularly at the Cable Car Awards, both as performer and award recipient, and sang for the opening of Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro. After singing patriotic music at a celebratory rally at "Hibernia Beach" in honor of released Middle East hostages, the DKGMC was mentioned in Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" in the local paper. Major performances of the period include: full scale production of Britten's "Burning Fiery Furnace" (winter 84), Verdi "Requiem" (spring 85, with the Contra Costa Chorale), Orff "Carmina Burana" (spring 86, with Contra Costa Chorale), Gay Choralfest (summer 86, in preparation for GALA II in Minneapolis). Most performances were broadcast live by KUSF radio; the Britten performance was rebroadcast nationally, as well as in Europe and Australia. During this time, membership expanded from the original 40 to over 75 singing members. The DKGMC was among 17 choruses at Minneapolis GALA II in 1986, and shared the stage with the Denver Women's Chorus in a special joint performance of Schubert's "Mass in G," the first large mixed choral performance at a GALA festival. After almost six years as music director, in April 1988, Dick Kramer conducted his farewell concert of Weill's "Berliner Requiem."

  • 1st Place, Adult Folk Song

    3rd Place, International Acapella (Counterpoint)

    2018 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

    July 5 - 7, 2018

    Llangollen, Wales

     

    Watch This Performance >

    Winner, Male Choirs

    Golden State Choral Trophy 2016
    November 20-24, 2016
    Monterey, CA

    Gold Medal, Male Choirs

    Gold Medal, Musica Sacra with Accompaniment

    Silver Medal, Spiritual

    8th World Choir Games
    July 9-19, 2014
    Riga, Latvia

  • SUPPORT

    Make a Donation to GGMC

    Your gift supports GGMC's many activities including the commissioning of new and original pieces as well as collaboration with guest musicians. . . all in the name of continuing to present beautiful music at our concerts and other events.

    Mention Code 28 With Your Donation of Goods at Community Thrift

    Bring your donations of clothing, furniture, and other items to Community Thrift Store and mention Code 28.

     

    Proceeds go directly to GGMC.

    Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Golden Gate Men's Chorus whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

    GGMC receives a donation every time you shop online at Amazon Smile. Choose the Golden Gate Men's Chorus as your charitable organization.

  • GALA Choruses
    Grants for the Arts | San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
    Chorus America
  • CONTACT US

    Golden Gate Men's Chorus
    69 States Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114-1401
    +1 415 668 GGMC (4462)
  • CONTACT

    Golden Gate Men's Chorus

    69 States Street

    San Francisco, CA 94114

     

    415.668.GGMC

    (415.668.4462)

     

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