SF Pride Concert Celebrates the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell

Three reasons to buy tickets and attend the 2011 SF Pride Concert.

Pride Concert Honors Zoe Dunning

Each year, the Annual Pride Concert celebrates gains made by the LGBTQ community. This year, the Pride Concert pays tribute to the abolishment of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military. Commander Zoe Dunning, the naval officer who was the first and only openly gay officer allowed to remain on active duty in the military concurrent with DADT, will be honored with the Annual Pride Concert Recognition Award.

In addition to honoring Commander Dunning, the ensembles will perform several selections with an Americana style, and the Alexander Hamilton Post 448 of the American Legion led by Post Commander Mario Benfield will form a color guard.

“Now that DADT has finally been repealed, paying tribute to [Dunning’s] work is one of the most fitting celebrations we can imagine,” said San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Artistic Director Jadine Louie. “She’s a true hero for our community.”

Fresh & Fabulous: Pride Concert Shows Off Original Music, New Directors

The Pride Concert kicks off pride weekend with some of the flashiest music written for chorus, band and orchestra – from Lady Gaga to Leonard Bernstein!  Featured on the program are original pieces and unique arrangements written specifically for the ensembles, new directors strutting their stuff from the podium and for the first time ever a full string orchestra!  Led by a Flintstone, we’ll have a gay ol’ time!

Concert highlights:

  • Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco premiers “If Gays Ruled the Country,” an original piece by June Bonacich, and performs an original arrangement of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” backed by San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Artistic Director William Sauerland makes his Pride Concert premiere.
  • Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) makes its debut performance at the Annual Pride Concert, making BARS the first string orchestra to perform in the event’s 33-year history.
  • Hot on the heels of his sold-out Davies Hall conducting premier, Artistic Director Timothy Seelig leads San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Ambassadors and Vocal Minority in its SF Pride weekend performance.
  • Golden Gate Men’s Chorus struts a bit of Queen with a performance of Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performs Frank Ticheli’s Shenandoah and George M. Cohan’s Patriotic Salute with the choruses.

Trauma Flinstone Hosts Pride Concert

Trauma Flintstone (aka Joe Wicht) just completed a wildly successful run in the starring role of the chamber opera “Queer” at the SF International Arts Festival. The Bay Guardian wrote, “[The piece is]… totally worth seeing, first of all for the soulful, salacious showmanship and prowess of Joe Wicht… Wicht is magnetic in the part, embodying Lee with complete assurance and proving as potently dynamic in his singing as in the wry, textured delivery and well-wrought physicality of his characterization.” Flintstone has been performing in the Bay Area since 1993, including ten years in Christmas with the Crawfords, two versions of Dirty Little Showtunes, five versions of the Dance-Along Nutcracker and about 75 other productions. She is founder and host of Bijou, a monthly queer cabaret at Martuni’s, and co-produces the Cabaret Showcase Showdown with Conrad Frank. www.traumaflintstone.com

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