Heartland Men’s Chorus sets out on a “Road Trip” tour with an a cappella performance July 1 on the steps of the Eisenhower Presidential Library. The free mini concert begins at 2:30 p.m., is approximately 20 minutes long and suitable for all ages.
Bring your lawn chair and find out why The Kansas City Star calls Heartland Men’s Chorus “one of the most beloved arts institutions in Kansas City.”
“As we begin this journey to Denver, we could not be more pleased to bring this performance to the Eisenhower Presidential Library campus to kick off the 4th of July weekend,” states Cliff Schiappa, development director, Heartland Men’s Chorus. “On the heels of the Orlando tragedy, we hope to heal and inspire through our patriotic performance. We all stand united under the same flag.”
The mission of the 130-member Kansas City gay men’s chorus is to provide excellence in performance while advancing men’s choral music, building community and reaching out to diverse audiences. Shortly after their founding with 30 singers in 1986, HMC became a safe harbor for a community seeking solace and relief from the devastating AIDS crisis. Their history, born from the scars of discrimination, is very important to HMC’s members, audience and patrons.
On July 1, a touring ensemble of the Chorus under the direction of Dustin Cates will make stops in Topeka, Abilene and Russell singing a few patriotic a cappella songs at each stop. The set list includes the “National Anthem,” “Home on the Range,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and “America the Beautiful.” The “Road Trip” destination is Denver for the GALA Choruses International Festival where they will be performing to a sold-out crowd in the 3,000-seat Buell Theater at the Denver Performing Arts Center on July 5th.