Chorus brings its unique voice to songs of the season

Messages of peace, love and acceptance are not novel at the holidays, but the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus (CGMC) believes that message resonates a little differently when delivered by the voices in their ensemble.

“We're having a good time and putting on a good show, but we really do focus on having a positive representation of people who are of varying gender identities. It's just part and parcel of who we are,” CGMC Executive Director Adam Burk said. “Part of putting on a good show for us is also having that message of, each of us is who we are, and we all deserve respect and love. Let's have fun together and let's accept one another.”

“That's the real message and power of our holiday shows,” Burk continued. “We're a family tradition. It's just that families don't all look the same, there are all different kinds of families, and that's who these shows are for, is families.”

Artistic Director Dr. Tim Sarsany said that when he programs CGMC concerts, he's looking for “something that really sounds like it's our voice.” At the same time, he said, “anything we sing has a message just because a gay chorus is singing it.”

Familiar tunes, lesser-known gems and a guest appearance by nuns to help with the “Hallelujah Chorus” are on tap for this year's “Joy” concerts.