When I reviewed the Homosexual Men’s Refrain of Washington’s concert Brand New Day in mid-March at the Lincoln Theatre, I extolled its virtue of showcasing inclusivity and equality with its excellent renditions of songs on the issue. In that live performance, just about every of GMCW’s five factors carried out, and I was introduced to GenOUT Youth Refrain, its outreach ensemble of LGBTQI+ and allied 13- to 18-12 months-olds.
Well, this time all over the spotlight was squarely on GenOUT’s live performance Youth Invasion, which I attended at THEARC. The program also showcased the Mosaic Harmony group choir, a seniors group committed to “empower choirs to entirely entertain, inspire and have interaction audiences by both of those going new music and uplifting messages.”
The notion of supporting youth — who are coping with not just being youthful but also the stress of knowledge their sexual orientation and coming to grips with self-acceptance — is a potent mission of the GMCW. Attaining that goal by way of music is liberating and inspirational and lends by itself to giving these young persons with a usually means to gird on their own with delight, self-being familiar with, and a profound sense of truly worth.
C. Paul Heins, GenOUT’s director, gives the coaching and creative inspiration for these young folks to flourish and, by means of creative expression, create assurance and self-affirmation that will allow them to superior confront the troubles that will appear in advance of them.
With this in intellect, I imagined a repertoire that would be evocative, celebratory, and, certainly, rousing. The plan choices have been absolutely acceptable and hit the mark in terms of intent and appropriateness but tended to be far more somber and reflective. All of the tracks — “Build Me a World,” “Reflection” (from the animated movie Mulan), “Imagine” (centered on the poem by long-time LGBTQI+ activist Donna Red Wing), “Write My Personal ‘Story,” “The Human Heart” (from the musical When on This Island), “How Could Anyone?,” “I Was Right here (Beyonce), and “You Are the New “Day” — beautifully conveyed the hopes, desires, aspirations, and reflections of these young people. The a single song that could have definitely been a showstopper, “Corner of the Sky” (from the musical Pippin), was only quietly sent. In the vicinity of the close, GenOUT done with Mosaic Harmony in a easy rendition of “Lift Every single Voice and Sing” (the Negro countrywide anthem).
Ironically, it was the visitor group, Mosaic Harmony, that bought factors shaking. Beneath the foot-stomping, hand-clapping, roof-boosting course of Rev. David North, Mosaic Harmony’s functionality became a glorious celebration with spirited variations of the gospel tracks “Love in Any Language,” Hezekiah Walker’s “Better,” and “One Environment.” Rev. North claimed that he wanted to carry a “new flavor” to the gospel staple “Soon I Will Be Finished,” made well known in the 1959 motion picture Imitation of Life sung by the wonderful Mahalia Jackson. Guy, did he deliver! He infused this deeply non secular anthem with jazzy inflections and uptempo prospers that experienced the viewers clapping and rejoicing with abandon. (Mahalia would not want to listen to it any longer!) This closing selection was just the proper touch that the total affair should really have reflected.
That it was shared with this amazing, young, and talented team I am sure will make it an experience and lesson discovered that they will never ever forget about. This was a good example of how achieving throughout useless limitations and constrictions can provide about remarkable relationship and mutual appreciation. It was an afternoon I would gladly devote in excess of yet again.
Youth Invasion was performed by the GenOUT Youth Chorus with particular guest Mosaic Harmony on April 23, 2022, at THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC, and on April 24, 2022, in the Auditorium at MLK Library, 901 G Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
The Youth Invasion playbill is online here.
GMCW’s inspirational ‘Brand New Day’ sings of equality and inclusivity (evaluate by Michael Sante-Andress)
showcasing GenOUT Youth Chorus with specific guest Mosaic Harmony
GenOUT YOUTH Refrain
“Build Me a World” | Ginger Littleton
“Reflection” | Audio by Matthew Wilbur from Mulan | Lyrics by David Zippel | Arranged by Mac Huff
“Corner of the Sky” | Stephen Schwartz from Pippin | Arranged by John Cacavas
“Imagine” | Audio by Jennifer Higdon | Poem by Donna Red Wing
“Write My Possess Story” | GenOUT Refrain & Jim Papoulis
“The Human Heart” | Tunes by Stephen Flaherty from As soon as On This Island | Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens | Arranged by Raymond Rinaldo | Soloist: Paul Negron
“Chosen Family” | Rina Sawayama, Danny Harle, & Jonny Latimer | Arranged by Raymond Rinaldo | Soloists: Alex Dy Cruz, Paul Negron
“How Could Anyone?” | Libby Roderick | Arranged by Mac Huff
“I Was Here” | Gary Burr, Hillary Scott, & Victoria Shaw | Organized by Alan Billingsley
“You Are the New Day” | John David | Arranged by Peter Knight | Tailored by Jacob Narverud
“Love in Any Language” | John Mohr & John Mays | Soloists: Laura Romstedt, Kim Moss (4/24), Doug Powell
“Better” | Hezekiah Walker
GenOUT YOUTH Chorus & MOSAIC HARMONY
“Lift Every single Voice and Sing” | Music by J. Rosamond Johnson | Poem by James W. Johnson
“Soon I Will Be Done” | African American spiritual | Arranged by David K. North
“One World” | Mark Hayes