The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Andrew Lippa to unveil a concert piece about slain gay leader Harvey Milk in San Francisco

  • Print

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A new concert piece about Harvey Milk by Tony Award-nominee Andrew Lippa will have its world premiere in June in San Francisco to mark the 35th anniversary of the slain gay rights leader's death.

Lippa said Monday that his "I Am Harvey Milk" — part choral, part theatre — will be performed June 27-28 at The Nourse Auditorium as part of the events celebrating the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' own 35th anniversary.

Lippa, who wrote the music and lyrics for Broadway's "The Addams Family" and the upcoming "Big Fish," will play Milk in front of the 300-strong chorus and the 30-piece orchestra. Tony-winner Laura Benanti will add her soprano to the piece. Tickets range from $25-$65.

Lippa had initially been approached to contribute a short piece of music for the anniversary. "Some click went off in my mind. I didn't want to write a five-minute piece. I wanted to write a 60-minute piece," he said. "It felt like one of those 'A-ha!' moments."

Milk became one of the first openly gay men elected to public office in the United States when he won a seat on the board of supervisors in 1977, inspiring a generation of activists with his uncompromising call for gays to come out.

He was assassinated at City Hall, along with Mayor George Moscone, more than a year later. His life became the subject of the 2008 Oscar-winning film "Milk."

Lippa has written a 12-movement work that begins when Milk is 11 years old and then offers a movement for each month in his tenure on the board of supervisors. The work is non-chronological and impressionistic, even including a song sung from the point of view of the bullet that killed Milk.

Lippa said a straightforward biography didn't intrigue him, especially for a figure so well known in San Francisco. "What I was interested in was what I'm always interested in: Plumbing the emotional life of the situation and the time and the people."

After its premiere, the piece will be made available for choruses to perform nationwide and at least six have already signed up. Lippa hopes one day to do it in New York and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

"I Am Harvey Milk" will be directed by Noah Himmelstein, conducted by Dr. Timothy Seelig, orchestrated by August Eriksmoen and will feature the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus accompanied by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.

___

Online: http://www.sfgmc.org

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Chief justices breakdown cameras in courtroom project

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / Jan 10  2011 ‚Äì WEB STDUP ‚Äì Frosty morning at -15 degrees C , in pic frost covers the the Nellie McClung statue  on the MB Legislature grounds at 7am
  • A goose cools off Thursday in water at Omands Creek Park-See Bryksa 30 day goose challenge- Day 25– June 21, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google