The Quire presents “Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream” during Black History Month.

Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was key strategist of the American Civil Rights
Movement. Rustin organized the famous 1963 March on Washington. As a non-violent protest, the event had a major influence on the tactics and strategy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To celebrate Rustin’s life and accomplishments, The Quire of Eastern Iowa along with guest performer Bruce Teague, will be performing “Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream” on February 21 at First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City at 8:00 PM and again on Februrary 29 at People’s Church in Cedar Rapids. Commissioned by The Quire and others, the piece was composed by Steven Malloy and tells the story of Rustin’s role in the Civil Rights Movement as well as his influence on Dr. King.

“As an LGBTQ+ focused organization, it was deeply moving to be a part of bringing this work to life,” said Nolan Petersen, current Chair for The Quire’s Board of Directors. “After performing the work in 2018, and with an opportunity to revisit the work at the 2020 GALA Festival in Minneapolis in July, the group saw an opportunity to share the story of this incredible figure with our community once again.”

Background:
Composer Steven Melloy is Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus and Music Director at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bellevue, KY. He has also served as the music director of the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale and artistic director of the Diverse City Youth Chorus. Steve has been commissioned to compose or arrange pieces for dozens of church & community choruses in the US and UK and received a BA in Music from Miami University and a MM in conducting from the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music.

Bruce Teague currently serves as Mayor of Iowa City. Originally from Chicago, Bruce moved to Iowa City at 17, eventually finding his way to Kirkwood’s nursing program. He later transferred to the University of Iowa, where he completed his Bachelor’s in Psychology. Passionate about his service to others, Bruce now owns two businesses that support individuals in need in the local community: Caring Hands & More and CHARM Homes, which both specialize in assistive care and services. Additionally, Bruce is in the process of building a multi-generational daycare facility in Iowa City catering to both the elderly and pre-school
aged children.

Iowa City Concert
Date: Friday, February 21
Doors for Concert: 7:30 PM
Concert: 8:00 PM
Location:
First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City
2701 Rochester Ave, Iowa City, IA 52245
This concert is open to the public, with a
free-will donation at the door.
Tickets and more information at TheQuire.org

Cedar Rapids Dinner & Concert Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, February 29
Doors for Dinner Service: 6:00 PM
Doors for Concert: 7:00 PM
Concert: 7:30 PM
Location:
Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist
4980 Gordon Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA
52405
$35 – Dinner & Concert Entry
$20 – Concert Only

The Quire of Eastern Iowa is an LGBTQ+ choral group founded in 1995 under the direction of Rev. Rick Yramategui. The Quire is based in Iowa City and performs throughout the Midwest. Selections performed by The Quire focus on themes of justice, equality, and community pride. The Quire is one of the few LGBTQ+ community organizations in the area and is celebrating
25 years of choral excellence during 2020. Currently under the direction of Dr. Gayle Hartwig, the group maintains an open membership policy that welcomes all regardless of musical experience, income or gender preference. More information about The Quire can be found at http://www.thequire.org.

The Quire of Eastern Iowa presents “Out of the Shadows”

201806_-_Out_of_the_Shadows

You are invited to a very special event where storytelling takes center stage. In Part One, The Quire is honored to not only perform works from the renowned Maya Angelou, but to also share the stage and sing with local esteemed musicians.

In the second half, we are pleased to share the work of Steve Milloy, and the story of Bayard Rustin. Julia’s grandson, born in March of 1912, grew into a visionary, a proponent of nonviolent protest, a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with Dr. Martin Luther King in 1947, and the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

Join us as we bring these amazing narratives out of the shadows…and into the light.

If you would like to RSVP or get regular updates, connect with us on Facebook.  Hope to see you there!

Hearing Hope in Troubled Times

2018 - April - Phoenix Poster

The Quire is pleased to announce that we have been invited to perform with Phoenix, Colorado’s Trans Community Choir, as part of their first choir tour! We are excited to join together in sharing our love of music and our commitment to choral excellence.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799212887050041/

Phoenix is an intergenerational collaborative social justice chorus who performs frequently at community events, often material composed by choir members. Not exactly a traditional chorus, Phoenix is more of a safe space to take risks of self-exploration—whether around gender and identity, creativity and voice, or leadership and community building. Although many of its members are trans-identified, the choir is home for anyone who does not fit neatly into the gender binary, as well as all those touched by trans issues, including partners, parents, friends, and allies.

If you can join us (we hope you can!), there will be a light reception afterwards where you can grab a bite and chat with any of the choir members.

Freewill Offerings Accepted.

 

Raising Voices, Lifting Spirits

From the invigorating “Lift Every Voice and Sing” through “Ashokan Farewell”, a piece that invokes a departure from loss and longing, this event will share a selection of moving and inspirational music.

In its mission to honor the voices of our LGBT community through excellence in choral music, The Quire invites you into an evening centered around Beauty, Grace, Hope and a celebration of spirit.

If you would like to RSVP on Facebook, click here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/874904802679303/

We hope that you will be able to join us this coming Saturday!

The concert is on!

Hello everyone!

Although it is snowing away outside, we still have songs in our heart and want to sing.  The concert (tonight at Zion Lutheran, 7:30 pm) is still on – and we hope you can join us!

If you decide that you can make it, please drive carefully!  See you soon!

Fall Concert: hope, faith, life, love…

The Quire invites you to share in an evening of music inspired by the Eric Whitacre piece “hope, faith, life, love”.  From standards like “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth” to new pieces like “May It Be” from Lord of the Rings”, it will be an event to honor the season.

If you would like to RSVP on Facebook, click here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/211013062672727/

Hope to see you there!

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: