|Title:||Stonewall 50 Celebration Concert and Panel|
|Address:||Church at Ponce & Highland, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave NE|
|Hours:||6 PM - 9:30 PM|
|Cost/Cover:||See details below.|
|Details:||Atlanta Freedom Bands will mark a half century of activism, acceptance, and advancement at its “Stonewall 50 Celebration”. The evening begins with a “Stonewall Stories – From Christopher Street to Peachtree Street” panel of speakers discussing the history and influence of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising on the LGBTQ+ community at large and here in Atlanta. Then AFB’s 70-piece Concert Band will take the stage with powerful music from LGBTQ composers, including two world premieres, two Atlanta premieres, and several exciting pieces. The emcee for the evening will be the fabulous Miss Priscilla Buffet.|
AFB will welcome a special guest conductor to the podium, Justin Raines, Artistic Director of the Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles. He will conduct a new work he has written just for the occasion that reflects on the influence over Stonewall on the last fifty years.
We will also welcome back composer Connor Sullivan from Kennesaw State University, an audience favorite, as our Resident Student Composer for the concert. Mr. Sullivan has written a new work for Concert Band and organ, “A Short Rhapsody”, that the band will premiere with the composer at the keyboard.
The concert features music that speaks to the different facets and influences of the Stonewall Uprising, including the Atlanta premiere of a new work by Omar Thomas composed in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, one of the leaders during the first night of the uprising. We hope the panel and concert will offer an educational, entertaining, and powerful recollection of the Stonewall event and its reverberations to the present day.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students, and are available from the ticket link on this page.
Parking is available in a pay deck behind the church, streetside along Blueridge, Linwood, and Seminole Avenues, and in a pay lot a couple of blocks north of the church on Highland Ave. A reception follows the concert.
The concert program includes:
"Celebrations" by John Zdechlik
"Hymn for the Innocent" by Julie Giroux
"Winds of Change" by Randall Standridge
"The Nine" by Randall Standridge (Atlanta premiere)
"A Mother of a Revolution!" by Omar Thomas (Atlanta premiere)
"Rise" by Rossano Galante
"A Short Rhapsody" by Connor Sullivan (World premiere)
"CME (Coronal Mass Ejection)" by Justin Raines (Atlanta premiere)
"Reflections: 50 Years Since Stonewall" by Justin Raines (World premiere)
"I Am What I Am" by Jerry Herman
Stonewall 50 Celebration is supported in part by the City of Atlanta - Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. Funding for this program is also provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts & Culture. The concert is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency - National Endowment for the Arts.
|Event is:||One Day Only|