Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Annual Fundraiser Promises a Royal Treat

Media Contact: Susan Ryan-Vollmar

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Annual Fundraiser Promises a Royal Treat
Rogue-ish Operatic Dandy Prince Poppycock to Headline May 10 Gala at the W

Boston, MA—The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) presents Crescendo, its annual benefit gala, on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. the W Hotel, 100 Stuart St., Boston. The king (or queen) of fundraisers, Crescendo will feature the East coast debut of Prince Poppycock, the sequined sensation who enchanted millions as a finalist on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent.

A self-described “rogue-ish operatic dandy,” Prince Poppycock is the alter-ego of John Andrew Quale, whose career began with the Washington Opera Children’s at age 11. Quale is a singer/songwriter/actor whose musical influences range from David Bowie and Depeche Mode to opera, Madrigals, and Gregorian chant. In his 2010 audition for America’s Got Talent, Prince Poppycock, sporting an elaborate powdered wig, Kabuki make-up, and brightly-colored 18th century finery, brought down the house with his performance of the Figaro aria “Largo al Factotum” from the opera The Barber of Seville. He went on to compete as a finalist that season.

Crescendo features a live and silent auction with more than 125 items, including five trips, and unique experiences and opportunities that will not be available anywhere else.

“Proceeds from Crescendo support all of our social change work—including our outreach concerts to faith-based organizations, high school Gay/Straight Alliances, and suburban and rural communities across Massachusetts,” said Craig Coogan, BGMC’s executive director. “We’re delighted to welcome Prince Poppycock to Boston. He’s already shown the world that he’s a one-of-a-kind performer with a diverse musical range, so we know it’s going to be quite a night at the beautiful W Hotel.”

Tickets to Crescendo are $125 and can be purchased at or by calling 617.542.7464.


Boston Gay Men’s Chorus creates musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate difference. The BGMC 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. In November 2013 CBS-WBZ named The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus one of the top 5 choirs in the city of Boston.

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is generously supported by Bank of America, JetBlue, Reproductive Science Center, and Manhunt. BGMC is a proud partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.