Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus offer hope for the holidays

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- The region's newly formed Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus (KGMC) will complete the Fall season of their inaugural year with their inspiring concert, Some Hope for the Holidays.

The concert is Friday, November 30th, which will coincide with the World AIDS Day weekend. The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church will host this public event that will feature around 25 performers singing songs intended to set the table for a joyous holiday season and also to remember the courage of the HIV/AIDS community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the KGMC members and celebrate a successful year as the evening kicks off with a Wine & Cheese Social at 6:45p.m., followed by the musical program at 7:30.

KGMC was created in Spring 2012 when a couple of self-described music geeks found a kindred passion for equality and community, and collaborated with the eventual founding sponsors, (Gay-Straight Alliance) and East Tennessee GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network).East Tennessee GSA and GLSEN are local chapters of national organizations dedicated to creating safe spaces for all young people, focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender understanding and awareness.

“Surrounding communities thrive when given the opportunity to come together. We’re stronger that way,” KGMC Operating President Bleu Copas beamed. He continued, “Music has a way of magically inviting an audience to be vulnerable and safely set aside their fears and differences, and realize that there are more ways we’re similar than ways we’re different.”

The Chorus is fearlessly directed by the vibrant Christopher Hamblin, who has a diverse membership to orchestrate. Members hail from Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Maryville, and further, ranging from their 20s to 60s in age. These men bring talents from all kinds of musical backgrounds—choral, musical theatre, barbershop, church singing, and more.

Concert admission is free, but the suggested $10 donation and any other tax-deductible donations will go toward KGMC’s programming needs, an eventual scholarship fund, and advertising. No one will be turned away if they are unable to donate. TVUUC is located at 2931 Kingston Pike in Knoxville.

For more information, contact Bleu Copas at or visit Also, find and ‘Like’ them on Facebook to keep up with their upcoming events. Auditions for the spring and summer season will be announced in January, 2013.

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