'Love' - Providence Gay Men's Chorus
The Providence Gay Men's Chorus displayed stunning vocal prowess in the entertaining spring concert, "Love." The performances from June 5th through the 8th at the Round Top at Beneficent Church served as a prelude to Rhode Island's annual Gay Pride festival.
The theme of the show was a celebration of love in all its forms, as well as love's power to inspire and heal.
The chorus, under the superb direction of Kim Kuda, performed 20 songs in the 2-hour concert.
The show kicked off with the soul classics "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" with "Love Train," originally performed by the O'Jays.
The song selection featured classics such as "Fly Me to the Moon," "That's Amore," George and Ira Gershwin's "Embraceable You," Paul Anka's "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," and Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine," to more modern tunes (Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You").
There was also a heartwarming ballad by Eric Helmuth called "Finally Here," about self-acceptance.
The solo performances were outstanding.
Soloist Kevon Tucker-Seeley soared with Kander and Ebb's "Married." Carlos Vega had a stellar lead vocal on John Denver's "Annie's Song." Stephen Fernandes displayed a rich baritone on "Embraceable You."
During the show's second half, the chorus performed a deeply moving rendition of Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up." Peter Fournier's vocals were spectacular.
Other highlights included the slinky and seductive "Fever," featuring a lead vocal by Greg Wright, "Love Changes Everything," Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man," "Love Will Keep Us Together," and "Top of the World."
The show concluded with a high-spirited number from "Grease": "We Go Together," and the soulful "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," featuring a solo by Matthew Balsamo. The energy and joy were truly infectious.
The Providence Gay Men's Chorus was established in 1995. In 2012, the chorus traveled to Denver, Colorado to perform alongside LGBT choruses from all over the world in the International Gala Festival.
The PGMC's winter concert, "I'll be Home....with Bells On," will be presented in December.
For more information about the Providence Gay Men's Chorus, go to: www.provgmc.org.