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posted Friday, November 16, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 46
Music = Life
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Music = Life

Two local LGBT ensembles team up for World AIDS Day concert

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

QUODLIBET: MUSIC TO REJOICE, REFLECT, AND REMEMBER
EDMONDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
December 1


The great French novelist Victor Hugo once wrote: 'Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.' Those words can summarize many situations for many scenarios. But they also fit the connection between the AIDS crisis and how it can affect music as well as the human soul. And the Rainbow City Band, the Seattle-based Esoterics vocal group, and a powerful musical composition making its West Coast premiere are bringing this point home to the Pacific Northwest.

'Quilt Panels (for my love, for my grief, for my letting go)' was first performed in Washington, D.C., in 2003 by the Different Drummers, D.C.'s LGBT band, which first formed in 1980, on the eve of the AIDS crisis. To honor the dearly departed the band, along with the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington, decided to commission a musical piece to represent the AIDS Memorial Quilt. 'It was back in 2001 that the request for proposals was sent out,' said Jana Fry, clarinet player and now part of the Rainbow City Band. 'Bids were sent in for about three months before one was chosen.' The winning composer was Robert Maggio, who had written incidental music for The Laramie Project. He began work on 'Quilt Panels' in 2002.

'While he worked on the music aspect,' Fry recalled, 'the band spent six months raising funds for the project. Since [both] bands are on a volunteer basis we had to raise all the money ourselves.'

The work became a concert consisting of roughly 40 minutes of music and a choral presentation. The musical portion was written in eight different movements, or 'chapters,' and was first presented in 2003 on World AIDS Day (December 1), at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland. There it garnered rave reviews and attention including a review in The Washington Post, which described the song cycle as 'appropriately, one of savage intensity.'

WEST COAST PREMIERE
In a bicoastal partnership with the Rainbow City Band, this powerful musical piece will make its West Coast debut on Saturday, December 1, as part of the RCB's winter concert, Quodlibet.

A reception will follow the prestigious premiere, which takes place at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Composer Maggio will be in attendance and a portion of the AIDS Quilt, whose permanent home is in Atlanta, will be on display. As Maya Angelou once said, 'Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.'

The Rainbow City Band first formed in 1998 with about 100 members, and it has since become a strong part of Seattle's LGBT community. Working strictly with volunteers for their music, arrangements, and performances, and currently directed by Anne Kreider, the Rainbow City Band relies on donations to help make it possible to present such wonderful pieces as 'Quilt Panels.' More information is available at the band's website, www.rainbowcityband.com. The Esoterics can be found online at www.theesoterics.org.

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