Perfect Harmony Gay Men's ChorusPerfect Harmony Gay Men's Chorus - Madison, WI

History of Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus

Over the next few years and despite the loss of Clay Jones, Perfect Harmony managed to keep Clay's vision alive with performances and collaborations that would become the hallmark of Madison's gay men's chorus. Performances benefiting New Harvest Foundation and the AIDS Network broadened Perfect Harmony's visibility. The chorus performed in a variety of venues such as the Music Hall on the UW-Maidson campus, Orpheum Theater, Barrymore Theater, and Grace Episcopal Church, to name a few.

Pragmatically, Perfect Harmony was challenging itself with a broad range of music from Broadway, African American spirituals, movie themes, cabaret to the likes of Benjamin Britten and Phillip Littell. From 2000 to 2005, Perfect Harmony was defining itself as a strong men's chorus in the community. In 2001, the Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus (PHMC) published its first member only newsletter.

2006 marked a new beginning for PHMC as titled appropriately in their performance of Everything Possible. At Fyfe's Corner Bistro, Life is a Cabaret, First, charmed the audience with featured solo acts. The start of An Evening with Edie and Friends, written and conceived by Ed Anderson, would become a popular and highly anticipated performance that currently delights audiences today.

The Tenth Anniversary season of PHMC included Country Cabaret, performed at the West Side Club; a 10th Anniversary performance of traditional African-American spiritual music; an appearance at Saint Mary's Diversity Fair; and back by popular demand, A Taste of Edie. The season concluded with the performance of Seasons of Light First premiering two commissions commemorating the Tenth Anniversary.

PHMC was not ready to rest after its tenth anniversary season. In 2008, new commissions, original works by chorus members, and its first performance with GALA Choruses, would stretch the Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus in new and challenging ways. A highlight performance was Puttin' on the Ritz, a full-length Cabaret at the West Side Club co-wrote by PHMC members Kyle Richmond and John Steines based on the movie plots of 1920's.

PHMC's first appearance with the GALA Choruses Festival was held in Miami and featured the International premier of two commissioned works. GALA Choruses is the national membership organization serving the GLBT choral movement. The Festival represents an opportunity to share the joy in making music that makes a difference. PHMC's participation in the festival marked its commitment to quality programming and choral achievement at its highest level. Despite the hard work preparing for the GALA Festival, the men's chorus excited the Madison audience with an ensemble performance at WORLD AIDS Day Art Exhibit and its successful season finale, No Place Like Home.

As we enter our 21st year, we continue to serve our community and strive for artistic excellence by participating in events throughout Dane County and the surrounding area and offering our membership opportunities to improve their musical skills while continuing to bring our mission to all those that hear us.



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