Nearly 200 gathered for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte’s annual black-tie fundraiser gala, “Forté!”, on March 29, feting another year of harmony and growth.
Members of the chorus, including four high school youth soloists, serenaded dinner guests with a special performance of “Testimony.” The lengthy choral piece was inspired by the It Gets Better Project, with words and music by Stephen Schwartz. The youth soloists included Britany Bowens, Christian Durand Miller, Mekhai Lee and Christopher Gould, each of whom attend Northwest School of the Arts.
Other performances during the dinner include “Let It Go,” with soloist Jacinto De Leon and two performances by the chorus’ small ensemble 7th Son.
Honored at the dinner was Gerald Gurss, artistic director of One Voice Chorus. He was given Gay Men’s Chorus’ 2014 Unsung Hero Award.
The event was catered by Armin’s Catering and hosted at the catering company’s new event space, The Pearl Wedding and Event Center in Cornelius. : :
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The Gay Men’s Chorus continues their season on May 3, 8:04 p.m., at the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N College St., when they bring “Big Gay Sing 2 on Broadway” to the stage. Tickets are available online at the chorus’ website.