Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chris Herbert & Wes Mason to star in AIDS Quilt Songbook

Barihunks Chris Herbert and Wes Mason, will be part of "AIDS Quilt Songbook @22, " a concert and fundraiser for Bailey House, a not for profit organization providing housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. The concert is on November 14th at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City.

The performance marks the 22nd anniversary concert of the AIDS Quilt Songbook, which premiered in 1992 in Alice Tully Hall by baritones William Parker, Kurt Ollmann, William Sharp, and Sanford Sylvan. Parker died a year later of AIDS. Sharp teaches at Peabody and Ollman at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. Tickets are $10 and free with a student ID.

The concert is co-curated by Thomas Bagwell, the artistic director of the 20th AIDS Quilt Songbook at Cooper Union and assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and Gordon Beeferman, composer of "The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera". The duo also co-curated an AIDS Quilt Songbook in Philadelphia last year at the William Way Community Center. They'll be joined by Michael Djupstrom and John Musto at the piano.

Kurt Ollman sings Ricky Ian Gordon's "I Never Knew":

Other singers included sopranos Anne-Carolyn Bird, Amy Burton, Lorinda Lisitza, Gilda Lyons, and Elizabeth Weigle; mezzo-sopranos Abby Fischer and Heather Johnson; contralto Nicole Mitchell; and, hunkentenor Michael Slattery

The concert will include works by Gordon Beeferman, Michael Djupstrom, Rachel Peters, and Kamala Sankaram, Andrea Clearfield, Herschel Garfein, Fred Hersch, Gilda Lyons, John Musto, Jack Perla, and Donald Wheelock. The program will feature songs all directly related to HIV/AIDS and will cover such topics as the realities of being HIV+ in the dating world, prevention education for sex workers, the joys of the condom, and a biting satire on the tearing of St. Vincent's hospital, the epicenter of the epidemic in New York.
 Don't forget to buy your 2015 Barihunks Charity Calendar today. Wes Mason and Chris Herbert appeared in previous years and this year is filled with 19 of the hunkiest men in opera. 

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