October 8, 1992 |
In late June, Tad Montgomery packed 15 types of medicine into an Igloo cooler, filled a duffel bag with an array of medical gadgetry and--ignoring his doctor's orders--flew to Denver to sing with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles at a national gathering of gay and lesbian choruses. The song and camaraderie the chorus provided, Montgomery said, were not only a source of joy but an antidote to the devastating symptoms of the AIDS-related illnesses that had invaded his body.
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July 22, 1989 |
Several months ago, it seemed unlikely that the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles or its director would even perform at a national gathering of church people, much less earn a warm, enthusiastic response. But the choir did perform this week and Jon Bailey, the director, called the reception "tremendously embracing." The performance drew prolonged applause at a packed Claremont worship service from delegates of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship, Music and Other Arts.
December 23, 2001
Movies Josh Hartnett, above, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana, among others, star in "Black Hawk Down," based on the true story of a disastrous U.S. military operation in Somalia. The film, directed by Ridley Scott ("Gladiator"), opens Friday. Also: Filmmaker Michael Mann, who pulled no punches with his 1999 tobacco industry drama "The Insider," steps back into the ring with "Ali," starring Will Smith as the boxer who could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
February 19, 1992 |
Lifting Their Voices: The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles has announced the program for its concerts in March and April. The 165-member chorus, under the artistic direction of Jon Bailey, will perform the newly commissioned "Hidden Legacies" by L.A.- based composer Roger Bourland. The work chronicles the gay community's experience with AIDS.
April 11, 1998
Steve Smith, president of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and a professional broadcaster, has died at 38. Smith, who had suffered from AIDS, committed suicide, friends reported. He died Monday at his Los Angeles home. Until overcome by his illness, Smith had been editorial director for KNX Newsradio. He began his broadcast career in 1982 as a producer for KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV) and moved to the affiliated radio station the next year.
August 2, 1992 |
As they snap on headlights in the deepening dusk, how many people driving home on Wilshire ponder the fact that they're dying? We sing, to keep from crying . . . The music spills into the parking lot of the United Methodist Church, but a half-dozen Cub Scouts in new blue uniforms don't listen; they chase each other whooping and laughing outside. Is even one wondering how many more warm evenings he'll be alive? We sing, instead of screaming . . . Now follow the music.