Join Della Reese, George Takei, Christine Chavez, Donzaleigh Abernathy, Del Shores, Billy Porter, Erin Hamilton and Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles as they welcome special guests (to be announced) to celebrate the launch of their 30th anniversary season with a choral repertoire of jazz, pop, classical, Broadway and more. Attending the event is support will be cast members of Sordid Lives, including Jason Dottley, Ann Walker, Ted Detweiler, Mary-Margaret Lewis, David Cowgill, Five of the nine members of HGTV's Design Star including: Matt Locke, Michael Stribling, Mikey Verdugo, Stephanie Cook, Trish Beaudet and Carol Burnett.
Highlights of the evening will include:
-Christine Chavez, the grand daughter of Cesar Chavez, participating in a poignant piece reflecting on immigration, racism.
-A tribute to gay marriage with George Takei and his husband, Brad Berliner, which includes pieces from the Kander and Ebb' - "Kiss of the Spider Woman" & "Cabaret."
-Commemorating the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech (40 years to the day), Actress/Activist/Author Donzaleigh Abernathy, who was there the day her God father "Uncle Martin" made the historic speech, will be participating.
-The GMCLA is honored to share the stage with the talented Billy Porter, performing "Lush Life" by Billy Strayhorn, the gifted Erin Hamilton will perform "Imagine" and her hit single "One World" and special selections with the legendary Della Reese.
Honorary Chairs for this event include: Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Lily Tomlin, Liz Torres, Dr. Iris Levine, Hon. Diane Feinstein, Hon. Barbara Boxer, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa.
WHEN: Monday, August 25th, 2008 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
TICKETS: $25 - $80 by calling Ticketmaster at 800-523-1515 or www.ticketmaster.com