San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus with Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig Strikes California Gold with Hootenanny!

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Special Guests: Shawn Kirchner & Ryan Harrison, Whoa Nellies Band, Vance George, the Barbary Coast Cloggers and Texas’ own Queen of country, Kim Wisdom

On the heels of its sold out premiere performance of Words at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC), a not for profit arts organization with a mission to inspire its audience, members and the world through high-quality choral experiences, is putting on a Hootenanny! at the Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street, SF on June 17 & 18, 2011.

"Hootenanny! is a Country cornucopia of talent somewhere between the Grand Ole Opry and the Texas Cowgirl Hall of Fame," said Artistic Director, Dr. Timothy Seelig. "At Words, we showcased the contemplative side of the SFGMC personalities and vocal prowess. This one is truly going to be in the 'girls just wanna have fun'' category with still plenty of that gorgeous male choral signature sound heard in April." The “West meets West” program will be an exuberant parade that runs the gamut: from music reminiscent of California's golden days with “Sacramento Sis Joe” to a gorgeous arrangement of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma! There will be a little Patsy Cline, a dash of Tammy Wynette, a spoonful of Garth Brooks and a pinch of the Judds thrown in just for added Country delight.

SFGMC's ensembles, The Lollipop Guild and Vocal Minority, will delight the audience by singing tongue-in-cheek Country spoofs of “Achy Breaky Heart” and a Homer and Jethro send up of the opera, Pagliacci.

Joining the Chorus for Hootenanny! is an impressive array of special guests and partners making the concerts a lush celebration of fine American tradition.

The Chorus is thrilled to welcome Los Angeles composer and song writer Shawn Kirchner http://www.shawnkirchner.com along with Ryan Harrison http://songforge.com as male lead vocal from Shawn's recent CD release of Meet Me On The Mountain: songs inspired by the movie, Brokeback Mountain.

San Francisco favorites, the Whoa Nellies Band, will be “puttin' on our jeans and boots and goin' back to country roots,” says front man, Peter Fogel, adding: “I've been practicing my yodeling skills and have written a new song especially for the occasion.”

The rich traditions of Appalachia will spring to life as the Barbary Coast Cloggers http://www.barbarycoast.org bring their high-energy, toe-tappin’ and heel-clickin’ rhythms to the stage.

Vance George, Conductor Emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, will takes us on a musical journey to the South with exquisitely beautiful acappella Sacred Harp singing.

Texas’ own queen of Country, Kim Wisdom, who began her gospel-singing career at age 9, is "thrilled to bring a little Texas twang to San Francisco."

As part of SFGMC's new era under the artistic direction of Dr. Seelig and exemplifying the West meets West message of Hootenanny! SFGMC has just released a music video entitled A Tale of Two Cities on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zzYM61bnPk. Shawn Northcutt, the director and producer of the SFGMC on location performance, portrays Dr. Seelig's good humor and seasoned talent while capturing the Chorus in a two-stepping and hippie-tambourine playing musical number.

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Ketel One Vodka and Bulleit Bourbon present Hootenanny! at the Morgan Auditorium - June 17 and 18, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Due to popular demand, a special matinee performance has been added on June 18 at 2:00 p.m. benefiting three down home organizations:

Golden State Gay Rodeo Association - Bay Area Chapter: http://www.gsgra.org;
Weave Your Heart in San Francisco, the 30th annual convention of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs in July 2013: http://sanfrancisco2013.com; and,
The Sundance Association for Country-Western Dancing: http://www.sundancesaloon.org

Tickets for all three concerts are available now and start at $15 ($10 for “unwaged” e.g. students and seniors) and are available online at http://www.sfgmc.org, in person at the SFGMC Box Office at 1800 Market Street or via phone at (415) 865-2787.

“It’s Pride Season, It’s in Union Square and it’s going to knock your socks off,” said Chorus’ Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, adding: “I shall be leaving my usual sharp evening wear at home and donning something with lots of tassels!”

About San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC)
Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus - http://www.sfgmc.org - is the world’s first gay-identified chorus, and inspired the formation of a global LGBT choral movement. Today, in its 33rd season, SFGMC commissions new music and develops repertoire for men’s choruses and LGBT choruses. SFGMC makes more than 30 appearances annually for diverse audiences, and has raised over $500,000 for charity.

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