There have been many musical tributes to the medical professionals and first responders of the COVID-19 epidemic, but this one might be the biggest in terms of sheer numbers. Over 150 voices joined together to honor those who are putting their lives on the line everyday to help save others, as the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus released their first-ever virtual performance online. The chorus members performed “Truly Brave,” a mash-up of Cyndi Lauper’s ’80s hit “True Colors,” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.”
Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles first performed their songs together back in 2014 for a fundraiser for pediatric cancer, and it has since become a favorite of the SFGMC at their concerts. You can watch the whole inspiring performance below:
The “Truly Brave” performance coincides with the launch of SFGMC TV, a free online platform showcasing performances, interviews, and more from the chorus. SFGMC TV will allow for all of its supporters to stay connected with the chorus during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. In a statement, chorus artistic director Dr. Timothy Seelig said, “We are thrilled to provide a platform to connect us all digitally for the time being and beyond. We just couldn’t go another moment without putting our music and activism out there for people to enjoy!”
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus formed in 1978, right before the tragic murders of City Supervisor Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected official. He was killed alongside San Francisco’s Mayor, George Moscone. As a way of channeling their grief, the fledgling group performed for the very first time on the steps of City Hall at the candlelight vigil for the fallen. Some 42 years later, SFGMC are still going strong. And they have inspired the formation of hundreds of other gay men’s choruses around the globe. Here’s to hoping their beautiful performance now serves as inspiration for other choruses to share their voices in a similar manner during these trying times.
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