Selections from the AIDS Quilt Songbook will stand at the center of each concert. The programs will also include songs by Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland, Richard Hundley, and others.
The AIDS Quilt was conceived in 1987 as a memorial to those who were suffering and from the virus that would come to be known as HIV. Artists also became catalysts of energy and advocacy for AIDS awareness and HIV research and education, and the AIDS Quilt Songbook followed in 1991 as a musical response to the growing pandemic of HIV/AIDS. 2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of the first performances of songs from the collection. While much has changed in our understanding of HIV and how to treat HIV/AIDS, the poems and songs of the collection stand as potent reminders of the work still to be done in treating HIV/AIDS and curbing the spread of HIV around the world.
The composers who contributed to the Songbook include some of the most notable contemporary names in American music, such as Ricky Ian Gordon, John Harbison, and John Musto. Other songs on the concert by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten and Aaron Copland speak powerfully to experiences of community, love, nostalgia and loss in modern life.
The roster of acclaimed performers for these concerts will include baritone John Seesholtz, tenor Gerald Seminatore, and pianist Christopher Reed. They will be joined by actress Diana Burbano and cellist Sean Fischer for a unique program of poetry, song, and remembrance.
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 7:30 PM
Bay Shore Community Church
5100 The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 7:30 PM (reception follows)
First Congregational Church
2001 Canada Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208
No pre-sale for tickets. $20 general admission/donation requested at each venue. $12 for seniors, students with ID. Cash/check only, please; credit cards cannot be accepted at this time. Group rates available; please inquire by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (207) 200-3526.
A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to AIDS service organizations. Additional donations for the Long Beach AIDS Foundation will be gratefully accepted.
Directions to Bay Shore Community Church in Long Beach/Belmont Shore are here. Church parking is available in the lot at the corner of Livingston and The Toledo on a first-come, first-served basis, and on neighboring streets. (No permits required). The charming 2nd Street commercial and retail area of Belmont Shore is within easy walking distance of the church, and a user-friendly map of the neighborhood (including locations for public parking lots) is here.
A map for the First Congregational Church in Glendale is here. Parking is easily available in the church parking lot.