The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus will make it snow in Miami Beach Friday and Saturday at their 16th holiday season performances, a Magic City Christmas.
Concertgoers will get into the holiday spirit with classic holiday songs and a storytelling performance, chorus artistic director Anthony Cabrera says.
“The story is that we were just about to start a nice holiday concert, where there is a horrible accident right outside of the bandshell,” Cabrera says. “It turns out that Santa’s sleigh has crashed into a palm tree.”
The reindeer and elves wonder off to different communities in Miami and now Santa Claus has to go around the city and pick them up. “That’s how we built the program to reflect some of the holiday traditions or thoughts about different communities in Miami,” Cabrera said.
The concerts will be held at the North Shore Bandshell outdoor amphitheater at 7275 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach.
“The main vision that we had with this concert is that we want to touch base with all the holidays that are out there,” said chorus member Alex Gonzalez, 27, who will have a solo performance singing Silent Night. “It’s a holiday concert for all.”
Gonzalez believes that the audience will really appreciate and learn different holiday songs from other types of religions and holiday traditions. “Children are going to love this concert,” he said.
The chorus will be incorporate Miami’s cultural diversity into this year’s holiday concert, which tells the story of Santa’s journey to find his reindeer and elves who’ve wandered from the crash site. For the finale, the chorus will make it snow in Miami.
“We are incorporating for the first time in the history of the chorus a hip-hop song,” said Terrence Paoli, vice president of the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus. “Popular culture is playing a bigger part in this performance than it ever has in the past.”
In future events, the gay chorus will add electronic dance music to the repertoire, and feature local DJs and other singers to capture a broader audience.
“We understand that we need to move and we need to strike a chord this early with a younger audience,”Paoli said. “Even in advertising we are adopting the tagline ‘Not your traditional chorus.’”
If you go
▪ What: Miami Gay Men’s Chorus’ Magic City Christmas
▪ When: December 19 & 20
▪ Where: North Shore Bandshell Amphitheater 7275 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33141.
▪ Cost: Tickets $20 online with promo code MCC20 through Thursday; $30 Friday and Saturday at the door.
▪ Info: www.miamigaychorus.org