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REAL HOUSEWIVES AND BROADWAY STARS JOIN HARMONY, THE CITY’S MOST FLAMBOYANT GALA, BENEFITING THE NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS AND YOUTH PRIDE CHORUS
• Harmony will be hosted by Broadway sensation, Nick Adams, and feature special performances by dance pop superstar Erika Jayne from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, plus the NYCGMC, YPC, and Tonewall
• The gala will also feature live auctions, drag performances, the launch of new NYCGMC branding, and a DJ dance party
• Harmony will be held at the Diamond Horseshoe on February 22; tickets are on sale now
NEW YORK, January 26, 2016 – Big Apple Performing Arts, the home of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus, today announced Broadway’s Nick Adams as host of its annual fundraising gala, Harmony, with a special appearance by dance pop superstar Erika Jayne from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Harmony, New York City’s most flamboyant gala and party to benefit the NYCGMC and YPC, will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 starting at 6pm at the Diamond Horseshoe in Manhattan’s theatre district.
Now in its seventh year, Harmony has become one of the most fun, high-energy, and must-attend fundraising galas on the New York social calendar. “This year, Harmony will be bigger, sexier, and more spectacular than ever,” said Charlie Beale, Artistic Director of Big Apple Performing Arts. “More performances, more passion, more spectacle, and most importantly more opportunities to support these world-class, New York institutions,” Beale added.
“The missions of both the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus have always been about pushing the envelope, being fierce champions for equality, love, and acceptance, and having a damn good time doing it. This year’s Moulin Rouge theme certainly brings all of this to life at one of the city’s most seductive venues, the Diamond Horseshoe,” Beale further commented.
Harmony will include live, silent, and online auctions for an array of prizes, such as vacations, tickets to top Broadway shows, dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants, unique artwork, special experiences, and many other exclusive offerings. Live and silent auctions at Harmony are for attendees only, however online auctions can be accessed by anyone at biddingforgood.com/BAPA. Online bids are being accepted up to the Harmony gala on February 22.
Nick Adams, whose credits include Wicked, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and La Cage aux Folles, will be host for the evening, with a very special performance by dance pop superstar Erika Jayne from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“We’re so excited to have the enormously talented Nick Adams and the ever-fabulous Erika Jayne join us for Harmony this year,” said Skie Ocasio, Director of Harmony. “There will be so much talent in the room with Nick, Erika, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Youth Pride Chorus, and our new NYCGMC ensemble, Tonewall. Anyone attending Harmony is certain to be jumping out of their chairs to cheer and dance throughout the night,” added Derek Charles Livingston, Managing Director of Big Apple Performing Arts.
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus will also be launching its new logo and branding at Harmony. As they prepare for the unveiling, the Chair of Big Apple Performing Arts, Jason Sirois, commented “we have an amazingly talented and diverse chorus who produce incredible music. The NYCGMC is world-class and we’ve made a huge impact on the LGBTQ community over the past 35 years. Now we’re looking ahead and can’t wait to launch our new branding, which reflects our diversity and personality today with an eye to the future.”
Tickets for Harmony are now on sale at nycgmc.org and all proceeds go toward the NYCGMC and YPC. VIP tickets (which include a VIP reception at 6pm, open bar, canapés, and other perks) start at $295 (tables can be purchased for 2 to 10 people). General admission tickets (which include a drink ticket and access to the performances from 8pm) are $95. Dance party tickets (for entry after 9.30pm) are $45.
About the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus
New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community. NYCGMC is comprised of more than 250 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Together, we produce a vibrant sound and energy that audiences can feel and connect with. Through the power of this sound, and our spectacular performances, we are fearless champions for love, equality, and acceptance. Founded in 1980, NYCGMC has formed a strong bond with devoted followers and continues to make lasting connections with new and diverse audiences. We sing in every style from classical to pop, Broadway to gospel, and from cultures all over the world. As artists, we listen to the changing world around us and transform what we hear into music. We sing to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ community, to combat fear and hatred, encourage compassion and human connection, and to thrill with the superb quality of our sound. Through our music, audiences mourn losses, cheer victories, find unconditional acceptance, and celebrate life. We perform in a variety of settings, including special, private, and corporate events, concerts, television appearances, festivals, Broadway/theatre productions, conferences, weddings, parties, fundraisers, and community events. nycgmc.org
About the Youth Pride Chorus
New York City’s Youth Pride Chorus harnesses the power of the performing arts to engage lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change. YPC fights homophobia, bullying, and all forms of hate by boldly asserting—through music—the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s youth. YPC singers discover their own power by empowering others in schools, online, and in the broader community through electrifying, high caliber singing and performances. youthpridechorus.org
About Big Apple Performing Arts
Big Apple Performing Arts is the non-profit management company for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. With over thirty years of history, innovative programs, and service to the LGBTQ community, Big Apple Performing Arts is renowned for producing legendary performances, commissioning new works, and taking a leading role in the movement for social justice. From Carnegie Hall to City Hall, from the AIDS crisis to the struggle for marriage equality, as well as today’s gender and identity politics, the choruses of BAPA have been leaders and activists in the New York City community since 1980.