August 2, 1992 |
Back when Jon Bailey headed the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, few students or colleagues would have figured him to later direct a gay men's chorus. Then again, a few years earlier, no one would have expected this son of a Methodist minister to be involved with music at all. As a boy in Indiana, Bailey loved music. He was good at it. But somehow he got it in his head that music was unsavory.
March 18, 2001 |
For 14 seasons, the lean, intense figure on the podium has been a constant in a time of change for the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. In July, music director Jon Bailey leaves an organization that, under his leadership, has nearly tripled in size--to 180 members--and become a major choral player not only locally, but nationally as well. "We know when it is the right time to do something," Bailey says. "I could stay, and in many ways I would like to stay, but it's the right time for this.
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.
December 17, 1999
Jazz Jeff Clayton, an enthusiastic and soulful bop soloist, struts his stuff with his quartet. Rocco Restaurant, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel-Air. (310) 475-9807. 10 p.m. Music Jon Bailey conducts the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles in its annual holiday show, "Joys of the Season." Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (800) MEN-SING. 8 p.m. Also Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
July 14, 1995
ROCK OPERA That seminal Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" has been . . . well . . . resurrected for a three-day run at the Universal Amphitheatre Thursday to July 22. Tickets are $23.25 to $80.75. Call (818) 777-3931. POP / OPERA Anna Maria Alberghetti presents a free concert at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Warner Park in Woodland Hills. The Italy-born, Tony-winning singer has performed both operatic and pop material throughout her career. Call (818) 704-1587.
March 26, 2001 |
Now in his final year as artistic director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Jon Bailey has built a quite satisfying choral instrument--a glossy, unified, responsive, ultimately gentle blend of voices. And at times he has steered this sound toward rather daring ends, commissioning and performing works that openly embrace gay pride.