A Midnight Queer (2013)
Come home with One Voice and ignite your winter holidays with an unexpected and eclectic celebration of music and poetry.
December 6, 2013 • 7 :30 pm
December 7, 2013 • 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, MN
A Midnight Queer, a non-traditional holiday concert explores images of “light” and “home” from diverse cultural traditions. The concert, based on a Lessons and Carols format, weaves “lessons” (writings by local LGBT writers and spoken word artists) with music from holiday traditions including Chanukah, Kwanza, Pagan Solstice, Diwali (Hindu festival of lights), Mawlid an-Nabi (Sufi birth of Mohammed), and Christmas. The concert includes sing-along songs and a pick-up chorus of community singers who will join One Voice on stage for musical selections.
Listen to a December 4 interview with Artistic Director, Jane Ramseyer Miller on ArtMatters, KFAI (mp3)
Listen to music samples from the concert:
Dark of the Moon (mp3)
The Birthday Party (mp3)
Deck the Halls in 7/8 (mp3)
Seven Principles (mp3)
Quote from an audience member:
Your holiday programming worked brilliantly. There were songs for Christmas, Solstice, Kwanza, Chanukah, Yule and Sufi Moslem traditions. None of the pieces were watered down. Each proudly presented its own tradition. Together they were more than the sum of the individual holidays. They presented a multi-faceted celebration of a holiday season. This event, celebrating diversity and unity came, perhaps, closer than any performance I’ve experienced to reflecting my own understanding of creator and his/her diverse creation growing together, learning from each other, leading toward universal reconciliation. Thank you.
View A Midnight Queer concert program (pdf)
View the concert press release (pdf)