March 13, 2020 at 10:14 am PDT | by Staff reports
Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles postpones April concerts

Photo courtesy of GMCLA

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles executive director Lou Spisto today announced that “Due to the government regulations surrounding COVID-19, and the health and safety of our patrons and members, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’ upcoming concert The California Sound, scheduled for April 4 and 5, 2020 at the Alex Theatre is being postponed to September. We are working with the Alex Theatre and will announce the new dates very soon.”

The group says subscribers and ticket holders can opt to donate their ticket purchase or receive a refund.

A new date has not been announced, however the group’s next concert, “Queen of the Night, Celebrating Freddie Mercury and Queen” remains on the calendar for July 18 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

“If you purchased individual tickets through the GMCLA website or ALEX THEATRE website, and do not wish to wait until we announce a new date please call 818-243-ALEX (2539) to donate your ticket purchase to GMCLA or receive a refund,” GMCLA said in a press release. “We hope you will give us the time to secure and announce the new date. If you then cannot make the new date or wish to cancel for any reason you are free to donate or receive a refund at that time.”

GMCLA’S first performance was held Dec. 16, 1979 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Los Angeles. (Photo by Fred Camerer)

Gay Men’s Chorus of LA has carried the community through tumultuous times before and at one point nearly every member were HIV-positive and a large number died. The spirit of the chorus was seen as a joyful defiance and celebration of life.

“Over the past year, GMCLA emerged from some tumultuous times,” Spisto wrote.

And he pleads, “While we look forward to The California Sound in September, not presenting the concert at this time has created further financial difficulty. If you are able to do so, I hope you will consider making a donation of any amount by CLICKING HERE or giving us a call at 424-239-6514.”

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