There's a big concert coming to the Brattleboro area this weekend. The Boston Gay Men's Chorus makes a rare appearance at the Latchis Theater on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The Brattleboro Retreat is bringing the concert to town. VPR spoke with Konstantin von Krusenstiern, vice president for strategy and development, and Eileen Glover, director of professional development, about the show.
The event is a benefit for the retreat's LGBT Program, which provides comprehensive, specialized mental health and addiction care in a safe, supportive and affirming environment.
"Music and art and theater ... have been a huge part of our program, and it's sort of been a symbiotic development," Glover says.
Glover says the chorus' selections are "eclectic," with traditional choral music, holiday music, pop and jazz standards.
"They're performing George Michael's 'Faith,' they're performing Lady Gaga, and holiday music. It's going to be interesting how they put it all together, with costumes, et cetera," von Krusenstiern says.
Due in part to its size — between 70 and 100 performers — the group rarely performs outside of Massachusetts. Konstantin von Krusenstiern says the retreat initially invited them two years ago.
"They said no, it's too far, too difficult logistically, but ... the more they heard about both the Brattleboro Rereat, and our programming, Brattleboro, and the uniqueness [of] the arts community, they were really excited."
Find out more about the performance here.