Dr. Stan Hill, Artistic Director of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, announces proudly of the upcoming Yule Be Swingin’, “This concert features the big sounds of Big Band jazz and we are delighted to be working with McNally Smith College’s Jazz Band as we celebrate the golden age of the Big Band era with sounds of the season.”
Audiences snuggling in at the UMN’s Ted Mann Concert Hall December 9, 10, and 11 will delight to an evening replete with jazzy riffs on Jingle Bells and Let it Snow, along with a new, over-the-top interpretation of Winter Wonderland. Not enough? Discover new favorites: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, Little Jack Frost, and A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas! Proclaims TCGMC, “Think Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra with a dash of Mad Men.”
Chris Mellin, 2nd Tenor and Board member, puts it this way: “Yule Be Swingin’ is a light-hearted, swinging romp of secular holiday tunes from the 40’s & 50’s, and definitely appropriate for all ages–the kiddies will love I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, while music purists will truly enjoy Stars I Shall Find, by David Dickau.
“The addition of the McNally Smith X-Tet (the 13-piece jazz ensemble who will be performing with us) really energizes the production. I love singing with a live band, and can’t wait to pull it all together. When I saw the line-up of music, I couldn’t wait to start rehearsing. There are some really tight, jazzy arrangements. The audience is going to eat it UP! ” Mellin assures, adding, “TCGMC’s holiday concert is my sister’s favorite way to kick off the holiday season.”
Formed in 1981, Twin Cities Men’s Chorus added the word “gay” to its title in 1991. Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus is an award-winning chorus that has built a solid reputation for musical excellence and dynamic programming. TCGMC is also a member of GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses). The organization was formed to build community through music while pursuing musical excellence in performance. Chorus members are inviting audience members to bring items for holiday baskets to be donated to The Aliveness Project who will be standing ready at a table in the lobby.
For tickets and information, call Box Office at (612) 624-2345 or visit online at https://tickets.umn.edu.