9/12 & 9/13 Golden Gate Men's Chorus summer concerts
- GOLDEN GATE MEN’S CHORUS EXPLORES “A QUESTION OF LOVE”
Music Director Joseph Jennings conducts Saturday, September 12th at 8:00
PM, & Sunday, September 13th at 4:00 PM, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San
SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 2009 – The Golden Gate Men’s Chorus (GGMC) returns
from a short break to present its summer concert series, “A Question of
Love.” After thirteen years as Music Director of the Golden Gate Men’s
Chorus, this will be Joseph Jennings’ farewell concert. Mr. Jennings was
appointed Music Director in August 1996, and he has announced he will retire from
the GGMC after these concerts. The GGMC has achieved rapid growth and
success during Mr. Jennings’ tenure, and he will be greatly missed.
The performances will be Saturday, September 12th at 8:00 PM, & Sunday,
September 13th at 4:00 PM, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
The chorus, directed by Joseph Jennings, will not shy away from the
difficult & challenging concept of love, performing Arnold Schönberg’s “
Verbundenheit – Obligation” and Dr. Stan Hill's "David and Jonathan," as well as
the hypnotic "Singing Apes of Khao Yai" by Jan Sandström, based on a male
gibbon's song in the jungles of Thailand: "Legend tells of a princess who
deceived her husband and, in punishment, was transformed into a gibbon who had
to sing his lament in the forest every morning." In addition to other
works from the choral literature which address the topic of love, the men will
sing selections of more contemporary artists, including Andrew Lloyd
Webber, Coldplay, Todd Rundgren, & the Beatles.
The GGMC invites one and all to join them in an exploration of love.
During the evening, various members of the chorus will share their
personal stories and experiences of love. The GGMC is proud to bring a summer of
love to its audience. Please join us, as we provide multiple answers to “A
Question of Love” and fondly bid farewell to our Music Director, Joseph
Tickets and Availability
Tickets are now available for $20 and can be purchased:
* Online at www.ggmc.org
* A Different Light Bookstore at 489 Castro Street in San Francisco
* GGMC members
* For group tickets, contact tickets@...
Remaining tickets will be available at the door. Student half-price
tickets are available at the door with valid ID.
St. Mark's Lutheran Church is located in St. Mark's Square at 1111
O'Farrell St. in San Francisco. St. Mark's Square, at the corner of O'Farrell St.
and Franklin St.
From the East Bay: Take the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. Exit at Ninth
Street-Civic Center. Turn right onto Ninth Street. As you approach Market
Street, stay to the left. You will be on Hayes Street after you cross Market
Street. Continue on Hayes to Franklin. Turn right on Franklin. Take Franklin
to Sutter. Turn left on Sutter. Take Sutter to Gough. Turn left on Gough.
Stay in the left-hand lane. After crossing Geary, St. Mark's parking lot is
on the left, halfway between Geary and Ellis.
From the Peninsula: Take 101 north and follow the signs to the Ninth
Street-Civic Center exit. Stay to the left on Ninth Street. You will be on
Hayes Street after you cross Market Street. Continue on Hayes to Franklin. Turn
right on Franklin. Take Franklin to Sutter. Turn left on Sutter. Take
Sutter to Gough. Turn left on Gough. Stay in the left-hand lane. After crossing
Geary, St. Mark's parking lot is on the left, halfway between Geary and
From the North Bay: Take 101 south across the Golden Gate Bridge to
Lombard Street. Continue on Lombard to Gough Street. Turn right on Gough.
Continue on Gough for about two miles to Geary. Go through the intersection. The
entrance to St. Mark's parking lot is about a half-block on the left.
By bus: St. Mark's is accessible from the 38 Geary, the 31 Balboa, and the
42-47-49 Van Ness lines.
Parking: All spaces in the lot off Gough Street are available evenings and
weekends for St. Mark's use. In the Ellis Street lot, only the spaces on
the left-hand side are available for St. Mark's parking evenings and
weekends. The spaces on the right-hand side are for use by the residents of Martin
Luther Tower and their guests at all times. Spaces 46-50 are the only
spaces in that lot available for visitors and guests of St. Mark's during
About the Music Director
Joseph Jennings is one of America’s top choral directors, clinicians and
arrangers. Since joining the GGMC as Music Director in 1996, he has greatly
expanded its repertoire, raised the musical standards and has made the
chorus a publicly recognized choral group in San Francisco.
From 1982 until 2008, Mr. Jennings also served as Music Director of the
renowned a cappella group, Chanticleer. Under his direction, Chanticleer has
released over twenty critically acclaimed recordings including the
Grammy-winning “Lamentations and Praises,” and has performed at many of the world’
s most prestigious festivals and concert halls.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Mr. Jennings earned his Master’s degree
in conducting from Colorado State University at Fort Collins, and his
Bachelor’s degree in music education and piano from Case Western Reserve
University in Cleveland, Ohio.
About the Chorus
The Golden Gate Men’s Chorus (GGMC) 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. The GGMC presents spring, summer
and winter programs annually, in addition to guest and community benefit
performances throughout the year.
The Golden Gate Men’s Chorus is a select group of 50 men representing the
ethnic and social diversity of San Francisco who share a common
appreciation of choral music. The GGMC strives for musical excellence, provides a
productive social fellowship for its members, and aims to present the rich
tradition of choral music to the broad and diverse components of the San
Francisco Bay Area community.
The GGMC is proud to be supported by the San Francisco Grants for the
Arts/SF Hotel Tax Fund and is a member of GALA Choruses, an international
organization of gay- and lesbian-identified and supportive choruses.
For more information, visit the GGMC Web site at _www.ggmc.org_
(http://www.ggmc.org/) or contact the chorus at (415) 668-GGMC.
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