Jarret Ward - Soloist, Allen University Concert Choir, Ramelle Brooks - Soloist, Sonya Headlam - Soloist, Gerald Gurss & Donna Schaffer - Conductors
Total Playing Time: 1:00:50
One Voice Chorus
When we began in 1990, many of our singers were hesitant to print their full names in the concert programs for fear of persecution. Much has changed since then but the LGBT community still does not enjoy full equal rights - and even recent advances are countered by setbacks and intolerance. One Voice exists to present a public face and voice of the LGBT community as we work for social justice.
One of the pioneering gay-affirming choruses in the “Deep South,” One Voice also provides a welcoming place for LGBT people to express their musical artistry together. All are welcome in this non-auditioned group that’s also one of fewer than a dozen choruses in the national LGBT choral community where men and women perform together.
This album is a true collaboration of the Carolinas. The live recording of Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream took place at the Mint Museum in uptown Charlotte and featured both One Voice Chorus and the Allen University Concert Choir, an HBCU in Columbia, SC. One Voice chorus is a co-commissioning chorus of this work. The other works on this album feature only One Voice Chorus or Sotto Voce and were also recorded at the Mint Museum.