The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will present two evenings of pure vocal talent in their acapella Unplugged concerts on June 15 and 16. Unaccompanied by any instrumentation, the choir will be joined by Deke Sharon, of NBC Television’s The Sing Off and beatbox master Kid Beyond [video gets impressive at 0:13] in a program that will mix pop hits—à la Glee—with contemporary and classic choral compositions.
The June concerts’ entertaining repertoire may lean to the lighter side, but expect emotions to run high at these shows in the wake of Executive Director Teddy Witherington‘s May 29 announcement that he will be stepping down after six years in July. Plans are underway to begin a search for a new executive director who can help uphold the levels of organizational energy and success that Witherington has fostered during his tenure.
During the period of Witherington’s leadership, the SFGMC has brought on Dr. Tim Seelig as artistic director and conductor, begun collaborating with Broadway composer Andrew Lippa on an original multimedia stage production about Harvey Milk (debuting next year), and doubled its annual budget in the face of the recession.
Celebrate the final San Francisco concert’s under Witherington’s leadership by purchasing tickets to Unplugged here.
Video of SFGMC celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary, after the jump