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June 21, 2007

"Why We Sing" documentary on PBS

Why We Sing! is a documentary premiering on PBS stations across the country in June and is narrated by Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco. Produced and directed by Lawrence B. Dillon, written and co-produced by Eric Jansen. the documentary's focal point is GALA Choruses' (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) 7th International Choral Festival held in Montreal, Canada. More than 5,000 singers and 160 choruses gathered to sing. Through song and interviews, the documentary delves into and personalizes many issues on the public's mind today: same-sex marriage, religious views on gay rights, and the emerging transgender rights movement, among others.

Interwoven with concert footage are interviews with conductors, singers and spectators along with a blend of history and events outside of the main concert hall, including the gay-bashing of one of the singers early in the festival week. While shocking at first, the incident served to galvanize and reinvigorate the festival-goers, reminding them of their purpose.

Posted by acapnews at June 21, 2007 12:01 AM


I loved the program. I'm not gay, but I was in an A Capella Choir in high school and it brought back so many memories. I called my best friend and we both had chills remembering the special moments.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by: terri casto at June 29, 2007 5:05 PM

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