MELODY MOORE – Opera Star to Appear with San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in Holiday Concerts

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

“Think big, think stunning, think sensational,” says Artistic Director, Dr. Tim Seelig, who commences his first full season after taking the reins of the world-famous Chorus at the start of the year. “We’re going to deliver a truly breathtaking holiday extravaganza that’s fun, familiar and fabulous in the one place we can truly do that – the Masonic Auditorium – the scene of so many great and triumphant SFGMC concerts.” Seelig has a corker of a concert in store on December 8th, featuring a chorus that has blossomed and doubled in size since his arrival. Seelig continues: “Imagine: two hundred and seventy-five singers, gorgeous melodies, a forty-five-piece wind symphony, bells galore and a world-famous opera diva!”
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TIMOTHY SEELIG

Joining the chorus at the Masonic as special guests will be San Francisco Opera’s favorite soprano, Melody Moore, the Contra Costa Wind Symphony and Velocity Bells, – a fast-moving bell-ringing ensemble. Melody is looking forward to her debut with the Chorus and says, “I think I may leave the mistletoe at home, but this will definitely be a musical love fest full of goodwill to all men and women!”

In fact, Melody Moore is so taken with her new family that she has agreed to join the Chorus on stage again, on Christmas Eve, for the heart-warming traditional trio of concerts at the Castro Theatre at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. “For decades, Home For The Holidays has brought untold joy to the thousands who have flocked to the Castro Theatre to celebrate the season together as part of the Chorus’ extended family,” says Donna Sachet who will be adding her own glitter and tinsel to the occasion. The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco will also be joining the revels for the 5 p.m. performance.

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MELODY MOORE, Soprano

“For less than the price of a movie, you can celebrate the season in spectacular style,” exclaims Chorus executive director, Teddy Witherington, adding: “It’s time to celebrate and connect with your chorus. For those who witnessed the triumphs earlier this year – we have more! For those who didn’t – come check us out. Now is the time.”

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ effusive Holiday concerts are the stuff of legend in San Francisco, but behind the music and magic there is a heartwarming message of hope. On December 15th, following the December 8th concert at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, the Chorus takes it’s message of hope and the healing power of song to residents at Coming Home Hospice, Maitri Hospice, the Peter Claver Community, as well as patients at Davies Medical Center and San Francisco General Hospital.

“Away from the spotlight of the stage, the Chorus builds community, bringing hope and harmony to those unable to get to our performances,” says Chorus Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, adding: “It’s time to affirm the courage and commitment of those who rise to the challenge of the AIDS pandemic and honor them through music.”

In that spirit, the Chorus is making a special holiday gift of complimentary tickets for it’s December 8th Joyous, Jolly, Jingles concert extravaganza at the Masonic Auditorium to volunteers and clients at Maitri Hospice, Shanti, the National AIDS Memorial Grove, Project Open Hand and AIDS/LifeCycle. This humble offering salutes those who continue to provide services and comfort for those living with HIV/AIDS and also memorializes those lost to the pandemic including the those in the Chorus’ “Fifth Section” – those claimed too soon, most through AIDS-related causes. Chorus Artistic Director, Tim Seelig adds that, “We have a very special moment in the December 8th concert program planned. We’re hoping it will be one of those moments that those in attendance will always remember.”

Reaching beyond San Francisco, the chorus also returns for the tenth successive year to Santa Rosa on December 3rd and Santa Cruz on December 17th, spreading the joy around the Bay Area and raising an estimated $30,000 for charities in those communities. The annual “out of town” series of holiday concerts has raised approximately $350,000 for vital community services since 2001.

“Our commitment to creating harmony extends across the footlights and beyond the boundaries of our City and County. That spirit lives in our performances and we invite you to experience it, however and wherever you can,” concludes Witherington.

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