On Sunday, Dec. 11, the halls of the Civic Auditorium once again will fill with Christmas tunes sung by tenor, baritone and bass voices during the annual Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert.
This year’s theme is “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” A brief intermission will divide the program, which features a traditional first act with a mix of classic holiday carols, including “The First Noel and “I Saw Three Ships,” and a high-spirited second act that features some out-of-the-box Christmas tunes.
“The holidays are a time for spiritual reflection and family,” said Kyle Schellinger, a member of the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus. “People should plan to come to the Auditorium to hear some beautiful music of the season that we all can take for granted sometimes. When these classics are sung by a chorus of 50 men, it has a different sound and is a completely different experience.
“Our second act gets into the insanity that the busy Christmas season brings as well. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus was founded in 2012. This will be the group’s fifth Christmas concert. The chorus also performs an annual spring concert and at private events throughout the year. The group began with 15 members and now features up to 50 voices. Every member of the chorus volunteers his time.
The past year has been a great one for the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus. The group recently received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. In June, the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus achieved one of its founding goals. The group traveled to Denver to participate in the Gala Festival, a week-long event that gathers LGBT choirs from across the country every four years. The chorus was the only LGBT group from Tennessee to perform. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero issued a video introduction – and the audience was thrilled that the mayor would show such support for the Knoxville Gay Men’ Chorus.
Watch the video below for a sample of last year’s holiday performance.