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Festival 2020 Blockbusters

 

Bring The Sing

Bring the Sing – GALA Festival Opening

Saturday, July 4

This high-energy sing-along in Peavey Plaza is expected to draw thousands of local Minnesota singers as the opening event for Festival 2020. LED screens on Nicollet Mall will make the event accessible to thousands of singing enthusiasts. Produced in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, Bring the Sing will be led by Minnesota’s best song-leaders and accompanied by a live band.

 

Minnesota Welcome Concert

Mní Sóta Sings – Minnesota Welcome Concert

Saturday, July 4

On Saturday, July 4 we welcome GALA choirs from across the world to Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes and choirs. Following Bring the Sing in Peavey Plaza, audiences are invited into Orchestra Hall for Mní sóta Sings (Lakota for “clear blue water”). The concert honors the water, land and music of Minnesota featuring Calliope Women’s Chorus, Twin Cities’ Gay Men’s Chorus, One Voice Mixed Chorus, and shOUT: Minnesota's Trans & Gender Diverse Voices. Enjoy life-sized puppets, Minnesota composers, Duluth singer song-writer Sara Thomsen, and Ojibwe water protector and musician Sharon Day.

Singing Out

Nevertheless, We Persist!

Sunday, July 5

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States and this concert celebrates that event along with recognizing the limitation of these rights especially for indigenous, black and immigrant women. Seventeen SSAA choruses will premiere the new Catherine Roma commission, Lifting as We Climb, by Joan Szymko. A new commission by Steve Milloy honors the #MeToo movement.

Seattle Men’s Chorus

Stiletto Squares: Heatwave Holidays edition!

Sunday, July 5

Choral concert meets game show in this Hollywood Squares-inspired blockbuster! Large choruses, small ensembles, and solo acts amaze you with favorite production numbers from their holiday shows. All the while, audience members compete for fabulous prizes as they team up with a celebrity panel to answer reciting trivia questions!

Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream

Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream

Monday, July 6

Five SATB GALA choruses commissioned and premiered this work by Steve Milloy with the libretto by spoken-word and visual artist Vanessa German. These choruses will perform the 55-minute work for SATB chorus, story-guides and band. Bayard Rustin was an African-American Quaker, activist, professional singer and a gay man. Rustin was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

Choral Carnival

Choral Carnival

Monday, July 6

In contrast to the Festival’s large, themed evening concerts, Monday night’s Choral Carnival is designed to engage Festival delegates, as well as the broader Twin Cities’ community, in short 45-60 minute rotating performances across downtown Minneapolis. The Choral Carnival will reflect the variety of Minneapolis’ music community in addition to highlighting visiting choirs and artists. Locals can purchase a “passport” ticket for the evening which offers access to any of the evening performances. Choral Carnival features an evening of diverse sacred music from faith traditions around the world performed at the stunning Central Lutheran Church.

Global Momentum

Global Momentum

Tuesday, July 7

Experience moments of pride and protest from around the world and across time. GALA's groundbreaking international choruses turn the spotlight on iconic moments in their nation's LGBTQI+ evolution, reminding us that there is strength in our differences. This concert is produced by Australian couple Sarah and Melanie Penicka-Smith, founders of Pacific Pride Choir, and concludes with a massed choral performance of the unforgettable 'Lux Aeterna' from Australian composer John Peterson's major work, Dreams & Visions.

Beyond the Binary

Beyond the Binary

Tuesday, July 7

This Blockbuster concert honors the complexities of race, ethnicity, and gender and explores the intersections between these topics. The concert features a performance by the Festival TransChorus and Queer Gospel Chorus, along with collaborations from GALA’s own choirs, as well as spoken-word and guest artists.

Beyond the Binary

Rise Up – Closing Concert

Wednesday, July 8

Festival 2020’s closing concert honors the power of people to change the world. The event includes a performance of Joel Thomsen’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed conducted by Eugene Rogers and a movement from Quiet No More, honoring the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Show Stoppers, GenZ Festival Chorus, and a Festival 2020 video round out the program.