San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Presents SantaConcert with Bay Area Rainbow Symphony and the World Premiere of "There is No Mrs. Claus" by Composer Michael E. Dansicker

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250 Santas Take the Stage Dec. 6 at Davies Symphony Hall in partnership with Make-A-Wish and Dec. 24 at the Castro Theatre

'Christmas By the Bay' to be performed by SFGMC at SantaConcert. Lyrics by Clark Sterling and music by Nolan Gasser, both SF bay area artists, with new orchestration by Greg Pliska

Taking a cue from the popular and festively irreverent international phenomenon of SantaCon, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus with Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig, are ready to ring in the holiday season with SantaConcert and newly composed and arranged music sure to become holiday classics.

SantaConcert includes a plethora of brand new, exciting pieces arranged especially for this event including the World Premiere of the completely outrageous “There is no Mrs. Claus” with words & music by Michael E. Dansicker, one of New York’s busiest Broadway composers, arrangers and orchestrators. “Michael Dansicker chose San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus specifically to present the world premiere of his new work,” said Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC artistic director. “This piece is way over the top and already scheduled to be performed in cities across the U.S. following our premiere. We are thrilled to share with San Francisco first.”

SFGMC is also partnering, for its December 6th performance, with Make-A-Wish to help fund a wish for a Bay Area child. Make-A-Wish has special significance for SFGMC as one of its singers, Michael McGovern, was diagnosed with a rare form of muscle cancer at the age of two. Make-A-Wish brought hope and support to Michael and his family through his wish of seeing Mickey Mouse and all the Disney characters. Make-A-Wish turned a traumatizing ordeal into something endurable. Michael is now 28 years old and sings proudly beside his brothers as a member of SFGMC.

The Chorus is joined, in the first half of the concert at Davies Symphony Hall, by the 60-piece Bay Area Rainbow Symphony orchestra. In only five years, the orchestra has already cemented its place in the bay area arts community by extraordinary artistry and community building.

San Francisco audiences have been delighted for several years by the hit song “Christmas By the Bay.” The song has lyrics by Clark Sterling and music by Nolan Gasser, both bay area artists. The piece was made popular by singer Tim Hockenberry and is now presented as another first being performed by a male chorus with new orchestration by Greg Pliska.

Annual Tradition of Concerts at the Castro Theatre December 24
For 23 years. SFGMC has packed the Castro Theater on Christmas Eve, December 24, for what has become a legendary Bay Area tradition of multiple concerts for community and family. The three performances at the iconic Castro Theatre on Christmas Eve began as a way for people in San Francisco who could not go home for the holidays to gather and celebrate. Over the years, the concerts have become a destination for SFGMC patrons and fans who attend from cities near and far.

SantaConcert Tickets
Tickets for SantaConcert, on December 6th/Davies Symphony Hall (Tickets $25-$75) or the December 24th for three performances at the Castro Theatre -5:00 pm; 7:00 pm and 9:00 p.m. (Tickets $15-$25) are available at http://www.sfgmc.org or by calling the boxoffice at (415) 865-2787.

The Chorus will also be taking SantaConcert on the road to Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz, with concerts benefitting two fabulous organizations, Face-to-Face and the Santa Cruz AIDS Project (SCAP). To join the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Face to Face in Santa Rosa on December 1, 2012 and get a sneak preview of SantaConcert, buy your tickets are available at http://www.f2f.org/san_francisco_gay_mens_chorus.html.

And if you miss us on the 6th, join us and SCAP on December 15 in Santa Cruz. Tickets are available at https://www.ticketriver.com/event/5052-san-francisco-gay-men%27s-chorus.

An Iconic 35th Season for an Iconic Chorus
Iconic: Season 35 opened with Crescendo, the Chorus’ annual season preview
and fundraising event at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco and includes
SantaConcert (December 6 at Davies Symphony Hall and December 24 at the Castro Theatre), Snow White and Her Merry Men with guest artists from Beach Blanket Babylon (March 25 and 26 2013 at Davies Symphony Hall), and Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy (June 27 and 28 2013 at Nourse Auditorium). Diageo Americas is an official presenting sponsor for Iconic: Season 35.

About Michael E. Dansicker
Michael E. Dansicker is one of New York’s busiest composers, arrangers and orchestrators having worked on over 100 New York productions including music producer for the movie, “Elf.” He is a singer, dancer and vocal coach and arranger for Bob Dylan.

About Bay Area Rainbow Symphony
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) is dedicated to increasing visibility and challenging stereotypes of LGBTQ composers and musicians. BARS performs ambitious repertory to a high standard, connecting with and bridging audiences from all communities. For more information about BARS and upcoming concerts and tickets, visit http://bars-sf.org/season.

About Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area:
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In 2012 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area embarks on 28 years of fulfilling magical wishes. During its first year of operation, in 1984, the chapter granted 27 wishes. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area grants over 300 wishes per year and has granted 6,000 wishes to date. The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma. The goal of Make-A-Wish is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory. Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415/982-9474 or visit http://www.SF.Wish.org

About SantaCon
SantaCon is a massive gathering of Santas taking place around the world. Throughout the holiday, hundreds of lively people dressed in Santa costumes gather to celebrate the holiday season with cheer and goodwill. This Christmas tradition originated in San Francisco in 1994 and is now an international phenomenon occurring in 28 countries. One of the largest SantaCon gatherings occurs annually in New York City's Central Park, and the Guinness World Record for the largest SantaCon event occurred in Ireland in 2007 with more than 13,000 men, women and children dressed in Santa costumes. No matter where SantaCon takes place, merry mobs of Santas "paint the town red" with Christmas carols, public parades, small gift giving, and bar-hopping. Mass gatherings of SantaCon fans are also known to ice-skate, run or walk marathons, dance through department stores, or fill bus and subway cars. http://santacon.info

About SFGMC
For 35 years, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has courageously served as the international standard bearer for a powerful and accomplished mix of high-caliber performance, human rights, community activism, empowerment and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among LGBT organizations. Founded in 1978, it was the first organization of its kind and is credited with starting the LGBT choral movement, galvanizing and changing the course of LGBT history. It continues to rally and inspire other arts-based community organizations around the world. Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC has in recent seasons established a heightened level of performance standards receiving audience and choral acclaim, increased its touring and recording profile and broadened its impact and reputation in the community while maintaining its signature blend of humor, personality and high-voltage performances. For information about the performances and SFGMC, visit http://www.sfgmc.org and follow us on http://facebook.com/sfgmc and http://twitter.com/sfgmc

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