The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus has announced the fourth annual Benefit Musicale, “The Director’s Cut”, to be held on March 17th, in the beautiful cloister of the Dayton Art Institute. The evening begins with a cocktail hour (cash bar) from 6-7pm, with hor’s d’oeuvres prepared by Elegant Fare. Entertainment will be provided by the DGMC Ensemble, accompanied by Raymonde Rougier, and under the Artistic Direction of Jason Coatney-Schuler. In addition, Dayton’s own RubiGirls will be on hand with their comedic drag interpretations and as accompaniment to the chorus, who will perform yet unheard selections from last season’s “Let’s Hear it For the Boys” concert.
There will be a Silent Auction, chock full of art items, experiences, and themed baskets, with additional live auction items, including a 6 day/6 night African Safari trip for two (Zula Nyala in South Africa) and opening night tickets to Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking” performance at the Victoria Theatre.
In the midst of its ninth performance season, the DGMC is preparing for a high-energy, fast-paced, “ExtrABBAganza” concert on June 2, 2012, at the Victoria Theatre, featuring the music of the iconic Swedish band ABBA. Proceeds from the March benefit will be specifically earmarked to help to produce the June concert. Board President, Allen Kimbrough notes, “the selection of music of ABBA for our Summer concert follows on the heels of the DGMC’s success from last year’s Let’s Hear it For the Boys performance at the Victoria.” The DGMC, along with six other men’s choruses across the country, commissioned nationally recognized composer, David Maddux to arrange the music for this concert. Kimbrough adds, “it was our first venture at commissioning a choral work and the collaborative process proved to be a milestone in our history”. The chorus will again bring Mr. Maddux’s talents to the Dayton Region, as he is the composer/arranger for the June ABBA tribute concert.
Though fast approaching a sell out, advanced tickets for “The Director’s Cut” Benefit Musicale are still available, $60.00 each, or a table of ten $600.00. Tickets may be purchased through any chorus member, or by contacting tickets@daytongaymenschorus.