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New Member Story | Adrian Ray Avalani

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

New Member Story | Adrian Ray Avalani

I find that joining a chorus is often, quite literally, like joining a family. From what I’ve seen – though second- and third-hand – of married life, it starts out a little awkward at first, being around strangers about whom you know nothing besides your mutual love for a single someone. But gradually meetups become less awkward, and your conversation topics shift from the person you have in common to topics any two friends might discuss. Like mutual interests, the recent sports game, or whether any of your family members are cute and single....

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Bernstein at 100. An appreciation.

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in Bernstein, Blog | 0 comments

Bernstein at 100. An appreciation.

First in a series. By Denis Whitaker “Darling, I have gone mad over your back muscles. 
You must come and have dinner with me.” Tallulah Bankhead to Leonard Bernstein, after he conducted a concert at Tanglewood.   “To be a success as a Broadway composer, 
you must be Jewish or gay. I’m both.” 
Leonard Bernstein “West Side Story is not only a classic musical, it is also one of only a handful of landmark shows that fundamentally changed the form of musicals.” 
Library of Congress website “One of the most prodigiously talented and...

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We are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 3

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 3

This Year, Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus (OEBGMC) is working hard on some classic tunes that remind me of my roots. This is the third blog in my series, “Whatever happens or what may be, here is what Christmas time means to me…” My father was a musician, our neighbor was a dance choreographer, my mother loved the arts. I saw lots of dance and theatre when I was a kid, and I fell in love with the performing arts. Maybe it was the tights and the dance belts, or maybe it was the stories set to music and told by flowing arms, legs and jumps....

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We Are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 2

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We Are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 2

This Year, OEBGMC is working hard on some classic tunes that remind me of my roots. As we sing in “Silver Bells,” “Whatever happens or what may be, here is what Christmas means to me…” Thanksgiving at our house always began the seemingly interminable Christmas Season. It began with the smell of turkey roasting on that often overcast Thursday morning. My grandmother cooked the Turkey in a roaster in her basement, and even though it smelled like it was freshly roasting, I was always pretty sure she had started it sometime around Halloween. Like...

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We Are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 1

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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! This Year, OEBGMC is working hard on some classic tunes that remind me of my roots. As we sing in “Silver Bells,” “Whatever happens or what may be, here is what Christmas means to me…” The Holiday Season is one with mixed emotions for me. My family was...

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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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