New York City Gay Men’s Chorus’ Upcoming Performance Reflects on 30 Years of HIV

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Take a fresh look at how we see HIV at the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus’ upcoming performance called (Accentuate the) Positive. The show will explore how life with HIV and AIDS has changed after three decades by recounting fascinating, moving, and at times hilarious stories of life in 2011, when HIV doesn’t always make the news, though always affects our choices. The performance will be held Wednesday, June 29th at 8:00 P.M. at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University.

(Accentuate the) Positive takes a musical journey as well, with a wide range of styles from Edith Piaf’s classic “Je Ne Regrette Rien” to a completely re-imagined version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” The chorus will also perform the world premiere of a specially commissioned electro-acoustic composition on HIV/AIDS by New York transgender composer Jonnah Speidel, aka OurLadyJ.

Hear what the chorus has to say after the jump… “We have an eclectic program of diverse music and performers who will help NYCGMC express in song how the affect and influence of HIV/AIDS has changed and continues to grow. For example, straight women of color are one of the fastest growing groups of new HIV infection,” said Artistic Director, Charlie Beale. “The pandemic is close to our hearts and a fact of life 30 years on. Fredi is a consummate musician and ceaseless campaigner for human rights, and Molli is a talented singer and director. It is fabulous that we can include some of their material, along with the perspectives and resources of our community partners to make (Accentuate the) Positive even more powerful.”

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