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Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses to perform free concerts in Tacoma and Olympia

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Sep. 12, 2012 at 5:42 am |
September 11, 2012 1:10 pm

Seattle Men's Chorus (Photo courtesy of Flying House)
The Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus are performing a series of free concerts in support of approving Referendum 74 which would keep same-sex marriage legal in Washington.

The series called “Voices United for Marriage” includes a show Friday night in Tacoma at the Pantages Theatre and on Sept. 29 in Olympia.

The program will include a 90-minute set of music, stories and speakers.

Some of the songs that will be performed include “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Dancing Queen,” “Seal Lullaby,” “Come Live With Me and Be My Love,” and “Livin’ la Vida Loca.”

“We are excited to let our voices be heard in this way and contribute the support of approving Referendum 74,” said Chorus Executive Director Frank Stilwagner. “This is a matter of equal rights and no one should be discriminated against because of who they are, or whom they love.”

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts Deputy Executive Director Benjii Bittle said the choruses are paying the standard non-profit rate for the use of the facility.

“The Broadway Center does support marriage equality,” Bittle said but he added they can’t endorse the referendum because they are a government owned facility.

“The LGBT community is super important to us and we’ve been doing a huge amount of relationship building with them over the last five or six years. And this is the most import issue for that community right now.”

The concerts

Tacoma – Friday, September 14, 8 p.m.
Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway Tacoma

Olympia – Saturday, September 29, 8 p.m.
Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

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