A Note from Executive Artistic Director, Marc Gaston
Grand Canyon Performing Arts, Inc., 2012/2013 Season A Change Is Coming – Break The Illusion will prove to be our greatest artistic season to date. Our flagship group, the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus, has reached new performing heights coming off of our last season “GLEEk’ed OUT!” We have truly grown by leaps and bounds in our artistic excellence and are finding our niche as an exciting “Show Chorus” in the Phoenix Valley!
Our planned performances this season are full-scale productions that combine singing, theatre, dance, and the region’s leading professional talent along with nationally renowned guest artists.
Our December 14, 15, 16, 2012 holiday concert “FIRE & ICE – Sing Down the Stars” will not only be filled with excellent singing of your holiday favorite pop and jazz (GLEE-style) songs, but will capture your imagination as ice skaters take the stage and perform with our music. This concert will leave you thoroughly entertained, and at the same time, taking the holiday spirit with you to make a wonderful change in the world.
February 9, 2013, we will be joined in a very special performance by Pop, Disco, Motown and Grammy legend, Ms. Thelma Houston at our annual “Blush & Bashful” season event. This year’s event is being held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel!
March 30, 2013, Canyon Echoes and Harmonic Vibrations present their annual pop concert celebration, "Dancing Queen."
May 3, 4, & 5, 2013, the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus’ spring concert, “Kaleidoscope of Love,” will not only be a spectacular show, but will also premier Omaggio, Grand Canyon Performing Arts’ new LGBT Youth Chorus!
Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus is more than a performing arts show chorus. In addition to the high level of performances produced, we are also a “voice of acceptance” within our community! This year we are partnering with the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. The Foundation seeks to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, and Acceptance” through a variety of educational and outreach programs, and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story. It encourages respect for human dignity and difference by raising awareness, opening dialogues, and promoting positive change.
Together, we hope to ultimately cross boundaries between straight and gay in order to unite, inspire and educate. Our theme songs for this season exemplify these standards and include Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”!
By performing with us, attending our concerts and events, or becoming a donor or sponsor, you are not only entertained and blessed, but you are directly participating in helping to create a more tolerant and empowering community that encourages everyone to "sing to their own song."