July 15, 1994 |
Summer of '69. Woodstock was a celebration of mud, free love and inner space. The Apollo lunar landing was a celebration of moon rocks, free flight and outer space. But before either of those watershed events, somewhere between inner and outer space, the summer had opened at New York City's Stonewall Inn. Not with mud, but with mudslinging and epithets. Not over free love, but over basic freedoms and dignity.
March 28, 1992 |
A lot of music has come out of the AIDS crisis, says Jon Bailey, conductor and artistic director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. The problem with much of that music, Bailey says, is that "it's in the nature of a Requiem--it's not hopeful, and it's very self-involved."
August 28, 1992 |
MUSE Honors: The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will inaugurate the MUSE Awards on Sept. 19 as a way of thanking supporters. Initial recipients will be actress Bea Arthur; KUSC radio personality Bonnie Grice; Roger Bourland and John Hall, the composer and librettist of "Gay Legacies," and Helen Speegle, president of the Gay and Lesbian Assn. of Choruses. Entertainer Charles Pierce will come out of retirement to host the benefit at the Bel Age Hotel.
March 9, 1993 |
Bookings: The April 3 and 4 program of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theatre includes world premieres by two area composers: "All There Is Is Love" by Roger Bourland with text by Paul Monette and "A La Torre Del Cielo" by Carlos Rodriguez with text by Pablo Neruda. . . . Cabaret performer Bobby Short, famous for his interpretations of the music of Cole Porter, will appear in concert at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre on Wednesday in a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles. . . .
October 16, 1992
The Santa Monica Symphony, conducted by its music director, Allen Robert Gross, will open its 1992-93 season in Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Nov. 1, with a program offering the world premiere of Roger Bourland's "Mirabell Jam." Bourland is the UCLA faculty member whose "Hidden Legacies" cantata, new last spring, is being performed widely this season. On the same program, Scott Dunn will be the soloist in Beethoven's B-flat Piano Concerto; the concert ends with Brahms' First Symphony.
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.