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March 18, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, John Henken is a frequent contributor to Calendar
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.
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March 18, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, John Henken is a frequent contributor to Calendar
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.
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February 22, 1995
We of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles feel it imperative to respond to Chester Burtch's letter (Feb. 14), where he implies that we might reverse discriminate with the same moral repugnancy as the Boy Scouts of America. That accusation is false. GMCLA gladly welcomes any "vocally talented" man regardless of sexual orientation. We are a men's chorus, the majority of whom are gay. Our mission is to make beautiful music. We do not nave a "don't ask, don't tell" audition process.
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February 22, 1995
We of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles feel it imperative to respond to Chester Burtch's letter (Feb. 14), where he implies that we might reverse discriminate with the same moral repugnancy as the Boy Scouts of America. That accusation is false. GMCLA gladly welcomes any "vocally talented" man regardless of sexual orientation. We are a men's chorus, the majority of whom are gay. Our mission is to make beautiful music. We do not nave a "don't ask, don't tell" audition process.
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July 22, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
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.
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August 2, 1992 | BOB SIPCHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 19, 1992 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
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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.
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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.
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July 11, 1994 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
There were moments during the 15th anniversary celebration of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles when ideal music for ideal performers met ideal audience. Enthusiasm runneth over and belief abounded. The concert, at the Alex Theater in Glendale Saturday night, featured cherished short pieces from the group's past and a Southern California premiere of a new work co-commissioned by the chorus to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 25 years ago.
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August 2, 1992 | BOB SIPCHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 22, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
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.
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