San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus 6th Annual Fundraising Gala, Crescendo, Honors SFGMC Champion Award Winners; Stuart Milk, The Bay Area Reporter and Diageo Americas, Inc.

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South African Rugby Player and Countertenor Jacques Snyman to Give His First US West Coast Performance at Crescendo

Entering its 34th Season, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) presents its fundraising extravaganza of the year - Crescendo! - October 9, 2011 at Noon, Four Seasons Hotel.

This time-honored event is set to dazzle with a sumptuous brunch, silent and live auction featuring SFGMC's signature Walls of Wine, sensational music and fabulous special guests including L. Stuart Milk who has been selected to receive the SFGMC Champion award for his dedicated contribution to human rights.

“Through Crescendo, SFGMC joins together the many men, women and organizations who have found a home, a family, a voice and a community through the power of music and a universal message of acceptance,” said Michael Tate, SFGMC President. “This glorious event supports the Chorus in raising the crucial funds to build and sustain our broad repertoire of social endeavors. We look forward to an afternoon with you, filled with inspiration, as we continue to uphold and share the values of changing lives through the power of music."

It is through Crescendo that the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus raises the funds necessary to build and support music education, performance and outreach. Sean Chapin (whose campaign led to the San Francisco Giants making an It Gets Better video) has created four short videos featuring an audience member, singers and city leader, Bevan Dufty, describing how the Chorus changes lives.

Crescendo will feature a very special guest, Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk. Stuart is one of the recipients of SFGMC’s Champion Awards. Teddy Witherington, Executive Director of the Chorus said: “It is our privilege to honor these champions who by their actions, support SFGMC’s vision of a world which all people are given the chance to develop a greater compassion for each other.” Witherington continued, “Diageo, The Bay Area Reporter and Stuart Milk are all helping to make a world where difference is celebrated; where equal access to the arts and the freedom to express diverse cultural identities is celebrated; and who believe, as we do, that choral music is vital to cultural and spiritual health.”

In addition to the Champion Awards, entertainment will be provided by South African Rugby Player and Countertenor Jacques Snyman, who has his own amazing story to tell about his path to Crescendo! SFGMC ensembles The Lollipop Guild and Vocal Minority round out an afternoon of sublime entertainment.

Tickets are available now
http://bit.ly/Crescendo2011

Find out information about Crescendo
https://www.sfgmc.org/crescendo/index.html

Find out more about SFGMC’s Champion Awards and the Winners
https://www.sfgmc.org/crescendo/awards.html

See Jacques Snyman’s story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn7gy-Yw_K0

See a portion of the wines that are in our Walls Of Wine
https://www.sfgmc.org/crescendo/winelist.html

Discover how SFGMC changes lives through music, view these video stories http://www.sfgmc.org/crescendo/about.html

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