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Pride: Hand in Hand Chamber Concert

Saturday June 1 at 7:30PM

First Church in Boston — 66 Marlborough Street

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Contemporary LGBTQ composers are featured in a Pride Week chamber music concert by the Juventas New Music Ensemble, to take place at First Church in Boston on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 PM. The event is co-sponsored by the Boston Pride Committee as a Stonewall 50 Event.

"From Tchaikovsky to Copland, many gay composers have been classical music 'luminaries'" says Junventas Artistic Director Oliver Caplan, "and yet our field rarely performs work speaking to the LGBTQ+ experience, or honors these composers' contributions as a whole." Among the featured works is Dennis Tobenski's Only Air, dedicated to LGBTQ teenagers who took their own lives because of anti-gay bullying. There are five movements each honoring a teenager who died by suicide after being bullied for being gay: Justin Aaberg, Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, Zach Harrington, and Tyler Clementi.

Another piece, Ingrid Stölzel's The Voice of the Rain, takes its title and inspiration from the great American poet Walt Whitman. The work compares the cyclical nature of life to the creative process.

"In the performing arts LGBTQ composers, musicians, artists, and fans have both created beauty and militated for social change," according to Stonewall 50 Chair Don Gorton. "The Pride Committee is delighted to co-sponsor this tribute to contemporary LGBTQ composers whose works tell of our lives and validate our collective experience."

Tickets are available costing between $15-45 ($10-20 for students and seniors)