Columnist Dan Savage to Narrate at ‘When I Knew’ HMC Concert
February 2, 2012
by Bradley Osborn
The Heartland Men’s Chorus production will be March 24 and 25 at the Folly Theater.
The Heartland Men’s Chorus will perform “When I Knew,” the group’s latest original musical documentary, for its spring concert on March 24 and 25 at the Folly Theater.
The show focuses on gay men’s and lesbians’ realization of identity, or that first self-knowing moment. The narratives between the musical numbers were drawn from chorus members. The diverse song list includes John Denver’s “All This Joy,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Boys and Girls Like You and Me” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
Columnist and author Dan Savage will join the performance as narrator. Savage is the co-founder of the “It Gets Better Project” (itgetsbetter.org), which reaches out to LGBT young people by featuring contributors’ personal videos of support .
A new work by local composer Daniel Doss will premiere at the concert. The composition was inspired by “When I Knew” stories submitted by HMC audience members.
HMC’s 2001 children’s musical, Oliver Button Is a Sissy, will also have an encore performance at the spring concert. Chris Hernandez, NBC Action News reporter and Chorus member, will narrate the 30-minute piece.
“Oliver Button” and other songs from the concert will be part of the Folly Kids’ Series on March 23. This version of the program will also tour elementary schools in 2012 as part of an anti-bullying initiative.
Some members of HMC serve as mentors for PerformOUTKC, an educational outreach performing arts program for LGBTQA youth.
Other musical documentaries – concerts that combine narration, multimedia and music to explore a theme relevant to the LGBT community – presented by the chorus have included “The Few, The Proud” (gays in the military), “All God’s Children” (LGBT persons and communities of faith) and “And Justice For All” (the fight for civil rights).
If You Go
“When I Knew”
8 p.m. March 24
4 p.m. March 25
300 W. 12th St.
Kansas City, Mo.
Tickets: hmckc.org or 816-931-3338