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Media Contact: Craig Coogan, Executive Director
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus responded to the spate of recent anti-gay Russian laws by releasing a music video of “Everything Possible” on YouTube. “We wanted to put out positive propaganda that there’s nothing wrong with being gay,” said Craig Coogan the organization’s Executive Director.
“’Everything Possible’ is a wonderful and powerful piece by Fred Small that tells you that you can do anything and be anybody whom you want to be,” said Reuben M. Reynolds, III the Chorus’ Music Director since 1987. “We sing it at every outreach concert we do because it really speaks to people time and time again. When we thought about how to respond to the horrible things happening in Russia, it made sense to translate the lyrics into Russian and scroll them on the screen.”
Videos of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus on YouTube have been viewed more than 325,000 times. (Prior channel: youtube.com/jbickfor and current channel: youtube.com/bgmc1982). There are currently 115 videos of the chorus available.
Responding to the anti-gay laws and violence is of particular importance to the leadership of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. Mr. Reynolds spent the summer of 1998 in St. Petersburg, Russia, conducting the Hermitage Camerata in the Catherine the Great Theatre. Mr. Coogan produced the 1999 award-winning documentary “beyond the walls…” that chronicled the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’ tour of Russia. “Music transcends cultural barriers, builds bridges and dispels myths and stereotypes. We demonstrate this every time we take the stage,” said Coogan. “In this case thanks to YouTube the world is our stage and we hope the people of Russia – both gay and straight – are able to hear that Everything Possible.”
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Founded in 1982, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and creates social change by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The Chorus is heard live by more than 10,000 people each season and thousands more through recording, television and internet broadcasts. The City of Boston’s Arts, Tourism and Special Events office says “The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is a crown jewel in the city’s cultural landscape.”
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is generously supported by leadership sponsor Bank of America. Corporate sponsors include JetBlue, Reproductive Science Center, and Manhunt. BGMC is a proud partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Commission.