Photo courtesy of Heartland Men’s Chorus.
Dustin S. Cates, Artistic Director of Heartland Men’s Chorus (HMC), has announced the lineup for the organizations 32nd year.
The season kicks off in the fall, a first for the company and a goal of Cates’ since he began in 2014, with FROM THE HEART at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, followed by the holiday show PACKAGES WITH BEAUS, featuring the all-male string quartet Well-Strung or Claybourne Elder at certain performances. The season continues with ABBA-CADABRA in the spring and wraps up with INDIVISIBLE in the summer.
Heartland Men’s Chorus 2017-2018 Season (from the press release):
FROM THE HEART
November 10, 2017 | Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS
Friday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
FROM THE HEART celebrates the chorus that has made such a huge impact in the LGBT community in the Midwest. The performance will feature audience favorites from years past, a veritable “Greatest Hits” of the Chorus. The concert will also feature Kansas City musician Mark Hayes, an internationally known and award-winning composer, arranger, pianist and conductor, Hayes composed more music for HMC than any other composer.
In addition, HMC will perform “I Sing Out,” “Grace,” and back by popular demand “Like Dust I Rise,” commissioned for HMC’s 30th Anniversary season. Based upon four of Maya Angelou’s poems including “On the Pulse of Morning,” “Caged Bird,” “Equality,” and “Still I Rise,” the composition speaks in the face of discrimination with Angelou’s words ringing true with hope and personal resilience in the face of opposition.
Completing the performance are works including “A Thousand Beautiful Things,” by Annie Lennox, “Thanksgiving Song,” by Mary Chapin Carpenter, “I Love You More,” by Ann Hampton Callaway, (from TYLER’S SUIT sung by soloist Nancy Nail), and “Dust in the Wind,” by Kerry Livgren, among others.
PACKAGES WITH BEAUS
December 2-3, 2017 | Folly Theater, Kansas City, MO
Sat., Dec. 2, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 3, 4:00 p.m.
Featuring Well Strung
December 10, 2017 | Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, JCCC, OPKS
December 10, 4:00 p.m.
Featuring Claybourne Elder
In December, HMC will once again bring their exciting blend of familiar carols, choral classics and hilariously zany twists on your favorite holiday music in PACKAGES WITH BEAUS. In its fourth year, this annual holiday production will once again feature performances both at the Folly Theater downtown and at Johnson County Community College, this time with a different twist at each location.
“The hilarious performances by members of the Heartland Men’s Chorus are truly what bring this portion of the holiday concert to life,” says Cates.
Joining HMC At the Folly Theater, December 2-3, is Well-Strung, an all-male, singing string quartet out of New York City. Brandishing violins, violas, and cellos and mixing Mozart with top 40 artists like Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Brittney Spears, audiences are mad for Well-Strung’s likable blend of classical with pop music of today. On December 10th HMC friend and Broadway actor, Claybourne Elder fresh from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE will perform holiday favorites with HMC exhibiting his quadruple threat capabilities and why he’s a sought after performer in NYC.
March 24-25, 2018 | Folly Theater, Kansas City, MO
Sat., Mar. 24, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 25, 4:00 p.m.
We hope you’ll put on your disco boots and join our dancing queens as HMC celebrates one of the greatest bands in popular music history. Featuring everything in the ABBA repertoire from “Take a Chance on Me!” to “Mamma Mia,” you’re sure to be singing at the top of your lungs before the curtain falls. We plan to be completely silly and have a great time to say, “Thank you for the music!”
June 9-10, 2018 | Folly Theater, Kansas City, MO
Sat., June. 9, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., June 10, 4:00 p.m.
Ever wonder about the phrase “With Liberty and Justice for All?” We certainly do and with the prejudice, inequality, bias and discrimination happening in the world around us, Heartland Men’s Chorus will present our response, INDIVISIBLE. HMC will be joining forces with the National World War I Memorial and Museum to celebrate the principles of our great nation’s founding . . . that ALL are created equal.
For more information, including season subscriptions, and individual on-sale ticket dates, visit hmckc.org.