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Julie Andrews Sing-Along With William Sauerland

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

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...

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A Merry Little Concert

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

A Merry Little Concert

Tickets are now on sale for our 2017 Holiday Concert Artistic Director William Sauerland creates an annual holiday festival with the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.  Come kick off the holidays with us in one of three amazing venues: Saturday, December 2 The Big Red Church, Fresno Saturday, December 9 Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, Clayton Valley Sunday, December 10 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley  * LIKE us on Facebook to get updates to stay connected...

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OEBGMC Gives Back!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Artistic Director | 0 comments

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...

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Thank You For An Amazing Summer Concert!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog, Concerts | 0 comments

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! The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus would like to share a personal message from our Artistic Director, William Sauerland. From our Artistic Director  Thank you so much for coming to swing with us! I was really thrilled to...

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Artistic Director

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Meet the team - Artistic Director | Comments Off on Artistic Director

Artistic Director

William Sauerland Artistic Director Our Artistic Director, William Sauerland, maintains a busy schedule of teaching, singing, and conducting. He is currently the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Chabot College and Artistic Director of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. He is a former Associate Music Director for the world-renowned Pacific Boychoir Academy, and served as Director of Vocal Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. Recent solo appearances as a countertenor include the American Bach Soloists, Festival...

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You’re Invited To Our Summer Concert!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

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...

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Pride | Joey Raven

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Member Stories | 0 comments

Pride | Joey Raven

On June 6th, the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus took to the field to sing the Canadian and National anthems for Pride Night before the A’s game at the Oakland Coliseum. It was a truly amazing day, and indeed filled me with pride to walk down from the stands and belt out my love for where and when I live. This is the first year that I’ve celebrated Pride Month in any way, and so it’s the first time I’ve really felt a bit of the importance it has in the world. I don’t believe fear and hatred are more present in our society today than in the...

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Meet Bradley Connlain, our Guest Conductor for our Summer Concert!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

Meet Bradley Connlain, our Guest Conductor for our Summer Concert!

Since 1984, City Swing, an 18-piece big band, has dazzled audiences and dancers by bringing to life the sounds of big band jazz. Conducted by featured trumpet soloist Bradley Connlain, City Swing has cherry picked the best charts from the books of swing era greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Glen Miller. In 1986, the band was honored to be declared the City of San Francisco’s “Goodwill Ambassadors” to the ‘86 World Expo in Vancouver, B.C., by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In 1988, City Swing performed at City...

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Swing History

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

Swing History

The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is pairing with City Swing to perform a Concert of Swing right out of the Great American Song Book. So, what exactly is swing? Swing is a quintessential 20th century American sound, and it reflects all of our nation’s joy and struggle. Swing is inherently intertwined with class, race, the Great Depression, World War II, and the nostalgia that looked back to those eras in the later 20th century.  Swing itself rose out of the 1920s African-American jazz scene of New Orleans, which influenced the jazz scene...

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Summer Concert 2017 Tickets

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Summer Concert 2017 Tickets

Come Swing with Us The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to partner with City Swing to bring you Come Swing with Us – a night of lively music and dancing! Featuring special guest artist Leanne Borghesi, who joins the chorus to bring some beloved jazz and swing-era favorites to the stage! We encourage the audience to join the fun as we transform the Oakland Asian Cultural Center into a night club, complete with cocktail tables, thrilling big band music, and a dance floor to show off those moves! We encourage the audience...

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