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Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG to host holiday concert featuring Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte

SALISBURY — Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG and First United Church of Christ will present the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the annual holiday fundraiser to benefit the local PFLAG chapter.

The free concert will be in the sanctuary of the church, 207 W. Horah St. An informal reception will be held in the fellowship hall after the performance.

PFLAG was formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

This year’s performance, “Under the Mistletoe,” rings in the season with a celebration that brings together carols, fresh takes on holiday classics and show-stopping dazzlers.

The chorus features the music of LGBTQ+ composers, arrangers and performing artists, including a setting of “Silver Bells” by Kevin Robison, former director of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus; “Santa Will Find You” by country artist Chely Wright; and others.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte was formed in 2006. Under the artistic direction of John C. Quillin, the ensemble has grown steadily in membership and audience. Budd Kirby is the principal accompanist.

The chorus maintains an extensive schedule throughout the Carolinas, with 75 performances since its inception reaching thousands of people with its message of inclusion.

The chorus’ small ensemble, 7th Son,is in its 10th season and includes eight members selected from the chorus. The ensemble performs 23 concerts each year. Its staple concerts are several times a month at venues in the Charlotte Metro area, which helps make people aware of the chorus and its mission.

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