Some of the most prized voices in the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus will be showcased in “A Night at the Cabaret,” Friday, June 1 at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. A benefit for the IMC and its parent organization, IndyChoruses, the show begins at 8 p.m.
Greg Sanders, interim artistic director of the IMC, says that the benefit came about as a result of his previous attendance at the Cabaret, where he thoroughly enjoyed the highly talented performances seen there and loved the venue itself.
Since he was interested in the chorus becoming involved in collaborations with other arts organizations this season, and because he felt “the audience that is generated for the IMC has a lot of crossover potential for the audience generated for the Cabaret,” he approached the Cabaret managing producer, Shannon Forsell.
Forsell thought the event would coincide well with her organization’s commitment towards community outreach, so after receiving the approval of her board she gave Sanders and the IMC the green light and “A Night at the Cabaret” became a reality as a co-sponsorship between the two organizations.
The show itself will feature performances by 13 soloists. They include David Barnhouse, Ethan Butt, Andy Cherolis, Josh Cox, Ed Hennes, Andy Matthews, Steven McCoy, Adam Nagy, John Phillips, Greg Ristow, Dan Roath, Marty Wood and Lane Velayo.
Sanders will serve as music director and will accompany certain singers on the piano, as will Greg Ristow and IMC accompanist D.J. Smith.
According to Sanders, “It’s going to be a real variety approach to things. Each performer is singing one song and then we have some group numbers, some duets and some quartets. IndyVisable, our small group that does a lot of community appearances, will also perform a number.”
As far as the content of the program, Sanders says that the audience can expect to hear “a wide variety of theatre music, some popular music and pieces that show off the individual personalities of the singers that have been selected to perform. I asked the guys to find songs that speak to them, that mean something to them, or are reflective of how they like to perform on stage.”
Sanders also says that the individual backgrounds of the singers “really encapsulate the membership of the IMC. There are members who are next to professional musicians. One of them is a college choral faculty member. We have a couple of music teachers, and of course we have many avocational singers.
Reiterating that “I am so excited about our collaboration with the Cabaret,” Sanders shares that he hopes that the event will become an annual one which will continue to benefit the IMC and IndyChoruses “for over 20 years inspiring diversity, equality and justice by bringing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender persons and their allies together through the transformative power of music.”
For tickets and information about the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus and “A Night at the Cabaret,” visit www.indychoruses.org.