A Choral Celebration of Stonewall

June 28, 2019, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and ultimately the birth of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement.  To commemorate this important historical event, a group of over two dozen GALA Choruses have co-commissioned a new choral work titled Quiet No More.  The work focuses on the historical impact of the Stonewall Inn Riots and the relevance of the message to “stand up” and “speak out” for justice and equality over fifty years later.  GMCTB is honored to be one of the 25 LGBTQ choruses to premiere this work in 2019 and is excited to bring it to Tampa Bay!

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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969


The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay, under the direction of artistic director, Kyle Goyens, presents Quiet No More, a bold new choral work commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City.  Shows are:

May 10, 2019, at 8:00 pm 

King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church

3150 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL 


May 11, 2019, at 8:00 pm 

The Portico

1001 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa FL 

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Ticket prices: $10.00 adults, $5.00 students with a current, valid student ID

The headline, HOMOSEXUALS RIOT IN NYC, in capital letters big enough to be about World War III, emblazoned the front page of the Kingsport Times News that Sunday morning, June 29, 1969; and a 21-year old member of the chorus was transfixed by the article, but dared not reveal his interest. In the early morning hours of the Saturday before, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the lesbian, gay and transgendered communities against recurring police raids at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village became one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

Quiet No More, co-commissioned by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, along with over 20 other ensembles, is the largest co-commissioned project in the history of gay and lesbian choruses. The eight-movement work, from six composers, honors the events  that occurred in and around the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan. 

“It was fascinating to take a deep dive into the nuances of this event that happened in 1969,” said Jason Cannon, one of the writers and directors and a 15 year member of NYCGMC. “I have always heard about the uprising in broad terms, and it was interesting to dive into the details. The weather was very hot on the night of the uprising, there was a full moon, the bouncer at Stonewall would flash lights on the dance floor to signal that the cops were in the lobby.” “What I learned was that it was not an easy thing to trace. A lot of the people who had been at the uprising are no longer living. And because there was such a whirlwind of activity, even amongst people who were there, there are disputes about what actually happened.

Quiet No More sets the scene with an eerie prologue. “It Was the Day” we stood up for ourselves and finally pushed back. “The Only Place That You Can Dance” evokes the feeling of being in a gay bar where “there is a freedom in the dark” but leads to a police raid. “Gotta Get Down to Downtown” sets the stage for the Friday night/Saturday morning of the police raid and fighting back when the cops forced a woman into the back seat of a police cruiser. Subsequent movements sing about walking, talking, living openly as LGBTQ people, living our truth and speaking out!  This upbeat, celebratory song cycle focuses on the historical impact of the Stonewall Inn Riots and the relevance of the message to “stand up” and “speak out” for justice and equality over fifty years later.  GMCTB is honored to be one of the 25 LGBTQ choruses to premiere this work in 2019 and is excited to bring it to Tampa Bay for the southeastern United States premier. On 28 June 1970, the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago commemorating the first anniversary of the riots; and this year, World Pride NYC will be held in conjunction with Stonewall 50 the entire month of June.

Cannon likens the performance more to a radio play than a historical documentary, letting the music and words facilitate the audience’s imagination. “It was more of a goal to place the audience into, as best we could, some sort of experience that emulates what happened, and let them decide where they would have been standing at that time.” Quiet No More includes contributions from Michael Shaieb, Our Lady J, Julian Hornik, Michael McElroy, Ann Hampton Callaway and Jane Ramseyer Miller, familiar forces in the LGBT chorus world and beyond. This method, said Cannon, brings together different points of view, different voices and different music styles. “We gave these composers a lot of creative license. We really wanted their voices to shine through.”

Kyle Goyens, our Artistic Director is also the Choral Director at Ben Hill Middle School and a bass singer with the Festival Singers of Florida, has a BS in Music Education from the University of South Florida and is working on his Masters in Music Education at Florida State University. 

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay, established in 2002 as Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale, Inc., is a Florida nonprofit corporation and a 501(c)(3) public charity.  It is committed to providing both excellence in men’s choral music as part of its artistic goals and championing the causes of LGBTQ communities in particular and of all people who face discrimination and bullying. GMCTB is the continuation of a longstanding gay men’s choral presence in the Tampa Bay area, beginning with the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus in 1987.


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