(Sixth in a series.)

By Denis Whitaker 

“I conceive all music…vocally.
Whatever my music is written for—
tuba, tambourine, tubular bells—
it is always the singer within me crying to get out.”  

“Arguably no artist grows up: if he sheds the perceptions of childhood he ceases being an artist.”
Ned Rorem

“If you want to know how much I love Lenny,
listen to my songs.”
—Ned Rorem, speaking about his friend
on Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony, 1987.

An Interview with William Sauerland on Lenny & Friends

The Artistic Director of the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, William Sauerland (known to the chorus as Billy), easily expresses his passion for the music of the 2018 spring concert, Lenny & Friends:  A Centennial Celebration of Leonard Bernstein. His emotional connection to the music on the program stems from early childhood when he immersed himself in the music of the stage—both musical theatre and opera. One of the first shows he remembers listening to was West Side Story. As a child, he knew it was escapism; it was not until he was a teenager that he began to understand that West Side Story along with much of Bernstein’s work pointed a truth at life as a response to oppressive ideologies and social injustice.

Lenny on Broadway

Lenny on Broadway

(Fourth in a series.)

By Denis Whitaker

“The song ‘Some Other Time’ is full of emotion.
In wartime, it had a tremendously
poignant feeling.”
—Betty Comden

“To achieve great things two things are needed:
a plan, and not quite enough time.”

—Leonard Bernstein

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!


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

Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus - A Merry Little Concert - Sat., Dec. 3

Saturday, December 9
Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, Clayton Valley

Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus - A Merry Little Concert - Sat., Dec. 9

Sunday, December 10
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

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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!