20th Anniversary-United in Voice

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For over 19 years Cantaria, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Asheville, has been sharing its voice with Asheville and the greater Western North Carolina. Starting with just a few gay men the chorus is growing and our voices are reaching an increasing diverse audience.
We have served as a voice for the LGBTQ community for almost 20 years singing for various Pride Celebrations, GALA chorus conferences, World AIDS Day, Orlando PULSE Memorials, Regional Democratic Women’s Breakfast and more. From churches to retirement homes we have shared our United Voice.

In times such as these when the civil rights of LGBTQ people are being called into question once again, it’s important for us to continue to be a leader in the community and let our voices be heard! We continue to adapt our vision for changing times while keeping close to our original vision- excellence in musicianship, fellowship and service to the community.

We invite you, on our 20th anniversary, ‘United in Voice’ to join us in honoring the history and supporting the future of this vital organization, to be part of something bigger than one time and one place.

Asheville’s gay men’s chorus is commissioning a world-premier choral work by composer David Francis and poet Gavin Dillard. Cantaria will perform the piece at its twentieth anniversary concert on June 16, 2018 at the renowned Diana Wortham Theater.

Cantaria is excited about commissioning and performing this work, which will honor two decades of gay vocalists being out and proud in North Carolina.
David Francis, a former resident of Asheville, is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary music. He is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as an award-winning composer, arranger and accompanist. His unique arrangements of American Hymns have led to two best-selling CDs: Pieces of My Childhood – American Hymns Revisited and Be Still, My Soul – American Hymns Revisited Volume Two. David has been awarded three consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards for Musical Excellence.  

Poet and lyricist Gavin Dillard is an iconic and internationally celebrated poet in both the gay community and the world of music and theatre. A native of Asheville, he attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. Gavin has published seven books of poetry and was lyricist for BARK! The Musical. 

We have the right people to create the work. We have a new artistic director Simone Bernhard who has led our recent sold-out concerts. We have a booked a world-class theatre for its premiere. We have a great chorus to sing it, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate a significant milestone in Cantaria’s history. We now need the funds to pay for this work.

As a small chorus in a small but lively city we need your help. Please consider your donation to help us fund the world premiere of this musical collaboration. We know it will be an historic moment where Asheville’s premiere Gay Men’s Chorus and two Asheville artists of national renown come together to make a special night of music for Western North Carolina and the world. Together we are ‘United in Voice’ and we hope to add your name in support of our 20th Anniversary.

To learn more about the composer and lyricist please visit our webpage at www.cantariaasheville.org

CANTARIA: The Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville

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