We Are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 1

We are nearing the Holiday Season, a time, as the opening of the song “Silver Bells” says “makes you feel emotional; it may bring parties or thoughts devotional.” It may also bring music by your favorite chorus, Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus (OEBGMC). It’s not too early to get your tickets!

Julie Andrews Sing-Along With William Sauerland

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKOSAN FRANCISCO, CA Julie Andrews Sing-Along With William Sauerland

The sound of Julie Andrews is one of the most beloved in the history of musical theatre. A phenomenal star of stage and screen, Dame Julie is “practically perfect in every way.” Inspired by the enormously popular movie sing-alongs, join William Sauerland and a cast of friends, including Sara Ganz, Paul McCurdy, Jefferson Packer, Joe Rosenmayer, and the phenomenal pianist Brandon Adams for “A Julie Andrews Sing-Along” guaranteed to be a fun-filled evening of her most beloved repertoire including songs from The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Cinderella. It is going to be supercalifragi… well, you know the rest!

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OEBGMC Gives Back!

Did you know that the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus uses part of all ticket sales for a community cause? For the Summer 2017 Concert, “Come Swing With Us,” the chorus Board decided to support a cause close to our hearts, and one with which we have partnered for more than three years, the music program at the Willard Middle School (Berkeley Unified School District) afterschool LEARNS program. This music program is run by member of Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, Billy Lawley (Bass), and this summer, I sat down with Billy, to discuss his career and how he got interested in this kind of teaching.

Thank You For An Amazing Summer Concert!

Thank you for an amazing summer concert this past weekend, July 15 and 16 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. This concert included a few nice touches this time around – upgraded table seating with complementary wine or beverage, a fun and fabulous swing dance stage, and costume contest winners…congratulations!

You’re Invited To Our Summer Concert!


 

The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and City Swing cordially invite you to a fun-filled night of swing music and dancing at our summer concert, “Come Swing with Us”, with guest artist Leanne Borghesi!  

Watch as Woody gets ready for his date with Wally, sure to be a night filled with toe tappin’, finger snappin’, hands clappin’ and swing dancin’!  We encourage our audience to dress up in 40s-60s era attire.  Not sure what to wear?  See costume ideas in the video, then pick out your outfit and get ready to dazzle us and participate in the best costume contest for prizes! 

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Join us on Saturday, July 15 @ 7:30 pm or July 16 @ 4:00 pm
at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street #290, Oakland 94607

Inspiration:  

When asked for ideas of how to market our concert, Woody suggested a simple storyline of someone getting ready for a great night of singing and dancing, excited to be going on a date to the concert, and wearing his most dapper zoot suit! We filmed at our star’s Berkeley home, and then cut some scenes during rehearsal. This hour’s worth of shots and scenes kept us laughing and having a good time. Our marketing team brought the story to life through editing and music, and we were excited with the final product. We hope you enjoy it, too!

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Video Credits:

Script/storyboards: Woodrow Thompson

Director/ Camera Operator: Dave Woemmel

Actors: Woodrow Thompson, Walter Bishop, Steve Smith

Editing/Sound: Alison Stripling – SPARQ Marketing 

Music: “Come Fly With Me”