Joining together, in song, has long been a way to heal, to raise hope, and to honor the memory of those who have gone.
The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles responded to the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando with an emotional appearance at a Los Angeles City Hall gathering on Monday, June 13. The spirit of "Gentle Angry People" imbued the large crowd, with the chorus hewing close to the idea that the victims will remain at the forefront of people's hearts and minds.
The honoring of their legacy and lives will continue at Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 when the Mano a Mano, a gay men's chorus from Cuba, joins the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles on stage at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
Pulse Victims Fund will receive a portion of the proceeds from both shows.
"Oye Mi Canto — From LA to Havana" will dovetail with "the GMCLA's mission of changing hearts and minds through the power of music." Rhythms described as "muy caliente!" and soaring ballads with roots in Cuban tradition are on the stirring setlist. Look for a few "modern American pop songs reinvented with a Latin twist" that will also keep the energy strong.
It's a joint concert that can be enjoyed twice, on the evening of the 25th and at the matinee the following day.
If you can't make the show, or you can but want to donate an additional sum to the Pulse Victims Fund, you can do so through the fund's GoFundMe page.