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Rainbow Harmony Project
January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rainbow Harmony Project Celebrates 20th Anniversary with ‘Many Friends’ Concert January 26th 2019
Rainbow Harmony Project is excited to kick off our 20th Anniversary Year with our Many Friends concert on January 26th, 2019. The Rainbow Harmony Project mission statement is to be a choir of LGBTQ2* community members and allies dedicated to building relationships and expressing and celebrating their diverse identities and experiences through the power of song. This award-winning, non-auditioned chorus has performed in every province from BC to Quebec and south to Denver.
This year RHP seeks to celebrate past and present members and supporters along with new friends in a winter concert, which has moved from its former December date to 7:30PM Saturday January 26th, 2019, located at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Warsaw Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and can be purchased at www.rainbowharmonyproject.ca. The concert will feature spoken word poet Janine Brown, Red Sisterhood Singers directed by Sara Clefstad, and a representative from Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc. giving a pre-concert talk at 7:15PM.
In addition, this concert will feature an original anthem entitled “Not Just Passing By” by Michael Gordon Bennet of Toronto. This past year RHP launched Platinum Pride as part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration. This is a new biennial competition that welcomes unpublished and unperformed works by Canadian composers. It is unique in that it invites Canadian composers to incorporate the lived stories and experiences of the LGBTQ2* community into their compositions, thereby contributing to Canadian LGBTQ2* specific choral repertoire. Bennet was the second-place finalist, and had the following comments about his composition:
In Toronto in the mid-1990s, it was becoming easier for young gay people to come out. Easier. But not easy. There was no “It Gets Better” and role models in the media were still not common. Like many, I had known my entire life that I was different. I suffered from bullying and homophobic insults at school – traumatic, yet I knew that they were right. I was gay. I had always known but could not admit it to myself. I knew it would not go away and yet hoped it would . . . Those long-ago feelings are gone, but their effects still linger. They make us who we are. Strong and proud. A cliché perhaps but true. This song tells (part) of my story.
Bennet has been a member of Singing Out, The LGBTQ Chorus of Toronto since 2000, and has been writing and arranging music since 2005, including several pieces for that choir. More of Bennet’s words and story can be found on the RHP website.
The first-place winner of this contest will be performed in RHP’s “Platinum Pride” spring concert on May 25th. This official Pride event will also feature alumni joining the choir, past directors and special guests. The celebration will continue after the concert with an after party at Buccacino’s.
Brittany Mielnichuk serves as the Artistic Director for Rainbow Harmony Project. This is Mielnichuk’s first year in the full time role, having previously served as Assistant Director during the 2017-18 season. She has taught music privately and performed as a vocalist in numerous ensembles in Vancouver, Red Deer and now Winnipeg. She recently completed a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Manitoba. In addition to her role as Artistic Director Brittany is passionate about finding and participating in community events with the choir. She posts these and other photos and videos of the choir on the RHP social media pages, which is the best way to keep up with ongoing choir related activities. Brittany works alongside RHP accompanist is Rob Lindey, who is also a founding member of the choir.
For more information on the choir please visit www.rainbowharmonyproject.ca or facebook.com/rainbowharmonyproject. Tickets are on sale online or at McNally Robinson and Happy Cooker. RHP is currently seeking promotional and sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming concert. Please contact Kristin Dyck at email@example.com for more information or media opportunities.