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July 19, 2004

Washington Blade

A wise women once said, “Music makes the people come together.” Granted, that wise woman was Madonna, but the message is no less true. There are few things in this life that are more uniting than music. Ask anyone who has ever felt the love among an excited crowd at a large concert. That unifying principle will be felt in Montreal this weekend, when thousands of gay and lesbian singers from around the world perform as part of a weeklong gay choral festival sponsored by GALA Choruses (the Gay & Lesbian Association of Choruses Inc.).

“One of the things I’ve heard over and over again is if you want to sing, join a chorus, and if you want to change the world, join a queer chorus,” says TC Duong, a tenor from Ties Optional, a six-member ensemble of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington. “It’s great to hear a repertoire that really reflects our lives.” Ties Optional is one of five local choruses and ensembles that will be traveling to Canada to participate in the 7th International Festival presented by the D.C.-based GALA Choruses from July 17-24. Comedian Lily Tomlin is scheduled to perform during a night of comedy at the festival on Wednesday, July 21.

The festival is scheduled to draw about 5,500 gay and gay-supportive singers to Montreal, representing 167 choruses and ensembles from seven countries, according to Barbara McCullough-Jones, executive director of GALA Choruses. “Certainly they enjoy the music, which is the primary focus,” she says. “But a lot of people get very empowered to go back to their communities and live their lives more openly and more honestly.” More

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