It has been a very good year for the NMGMC. In March we partnered with the Zia Singers of Santa Fe and the Rio Rancho Youth Chorus to present the Southwest premier of the Christopher Tin’s “The Drop that Contained the Sea.” The collaboration was an overwhelming success and had such great reviews, we took a chance on bringing an encore presentation to the Lensic Theater in August. The result? A sold-out house! And it’s all thanks to wonderful supporters like you.
In April, at our annual Decades Gala, we raised support for the chorus while honoring the important work of the UNM Truman Center (2018 Organization of the Year) and Adrien Lawyer, co-director and co-founder of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (2018 Person of the Year).
Our annual pride concert in June, “This Is Me,” was also warmly received. One audience member remarked that “in these times, I find the Chorus’s camaraderie and mutual support compelling.” Another shared that “testimonials and (certain) songs made me cry with deep emotion.” Attendance was up nearly 40% over the year before.
Earlier this month our holiday concert, "Peace on Earth," played to enthusiastic audiences in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. We hope the message of connection, compassion, and joy stays with everyone throughout the season and beyond.
Logistically, things continue to look up for the Chorus. We were able to hire our first assistant music director and professional technical manager. This season includes a full set of performances in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We also received two major grants including one from the Music Guild of New Mexico and one from the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Both grants were awarded based on our track record of quality performances and community involvement.
Looking forward to 2019, we’re hosting our first ever Sing-A-Long FUN & FUNDraiser with a showing of “Grease” at the historic Kimo Theatre on January 26. In March, we’re very excited to present the Southwest premier of “I Am Harvey Milk.” This emotional celebration is a combination choral and theater production from Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa and celebrates the Life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in California and an American and LGTBQ icon. And in June, we are thrilled to present “Stonewall – Summer of ‘69” celebrating the music of a generation and one of the foundations of the LGBTQ movement. And beyond that, we’re already planning for our participation in 2020 at the international GALA chorus festival in Minneapolis and our 40th anniversary in 2021.
As you read about all our accomplishments and plans, please know that they happen because of you. You inspire us to sing with mighty voices. You encourage us to reach higher and further with each performance. You are the fuel that enables us to aggressively change culture around New Mexico and throughout our world.
On behalf of the entire NMGMC Family, we say thank you!
Aaron Howe Bob Bowman Jim Williams
NMGMC Artistic Director NMGMC Chorus President NMGMC Board Chair
P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to make your annual donation, it’s not too late. Every single contribution helps to make our programs a reality. Thank you for your continued encouragement and please consider supporting us with a gift today: www.nmgmc.org/donate.