Orlando Gay Chorus – You’ll Never Walk Alone [VIDEO]

The GALA Choruses Festival took place this weekend in Denver, where the hottest ticket was the performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus. Watch below as the they perform You’ll Never Walk Alone. Halfway through the song, conductor James Rode turned to the audience at the 2500-seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House and motioned for them to stand and join in. As most of the audience members perform with other choruses, the result was glorious.

(Tipped by JMG reader Kent)

  • KCMC

    Oh, sob. Schmaltz with a punch. Everybody needs to not stop holding hands and being community.

  • CityWOOF

    I was there, 4th row! It was so emotional. Everybody cried, it was cathartic. The Chorus was so good, they got massive tidal waves of love. GALA is going on through Wednesday.

    • I was crying into my handkerchief most of the time, and then people took my hands, so I couldn’t cover my face any more. I’m still crying about it.

      • StraightGrandmother

        I can’t stop thinking of the mom, McCool I think her name is, who threw her body over her 21 year old son. He lived she died. I can’t stop thinking about her and a mother’s love and this song, “You’ll never walk alone,” she was there with her son, he didn’t walk alone during the assault. He lost his mom, but truly he does not walk alone today, we all remember him and his mom.

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        • prixator

          … and all the other people, too! The other moms and dads – and ones who weren’t moms and dads!

          Remember them all! Try to make sure it can’t happen again!

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    • SelectFromWhere

      Everybody knew this would be the hottest ticket in the house this week (unfortunate for those choruses scheduled other venues at the same timesince shceduling had been done long before Orlando was in the headlines)–they obviously had prepared their performance set long before the shootings happened, but we knew they would be the ones we wanted to address this tragedy against our community and they did so in such an elegant way that age and audience weeping.
      Then they finished their set in full feather boa style with “We Are Family” which both brought the mood back to a happy place and sealed the message. It was a textbook definition of catharsis. Audience members in the lobby and 3 mezzanines cheered and applauded as they exited. If you had any doubt that “The Community” is a thing, you needed to be there.

      • glad to hear it ended on a happy note.

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    • StraightGrandmother

      Thanks for sharing, hard to type through my tears.

      • Hank

        I had to turn away from my computer for half an hour to let my tears dry.

  • Richard, another Canuck

    Once again it’s too early to be a sobbing mess. That was a lovely tribute!

  • erstegeiger

    Thank you Joe for posting. GALA will actually be continuing for another few days. 6500 lgbtqia participants all over the world, with choirs from Bejing ( a big first ) and Cuba this year for the first time. There are several concerts each day that are live streamed so for the next few days you can watch some amazing performances! http://galachoruses.org/live

    Last night I watched some of the mass choir pieces and heard groups of 200, 300, and more so it beautifully and with messages that are specific for our community and the whole world.

    I’m so glad someone recorded this and posted it to share. Much beautiful music and much love!

    Best

    Drew

    • TuuxKabin

      Thank you for the link to galachoruses. It’ll be good viewing for the holiday, and appropriate honor to watch it.

    • Bob M

      Yes, thanks for posting the link to the live stuff. I am not able to be there singing with my beloved chorus from Philadelphia, but there are about 60 of my fellow singers there. If you do go to the link, there is a listing of when they would be live, make sure you realize that the times listed are Mountain time, so adjust for your local time. (Have to stay up late tonight to see a snip of Philadelphia GMC in Holiday Hullabaloo tonight)

      • erstegeiger

        I played with PGMC when they went to Montreal for GALA about 12 years ago.

        • Bob M

          I joined that fall after Montreal. Maybe the stars will align for GALA 2020..

  • Webster

    “Hope is never silent.” ~ Harvey Milk

    • JCF

      …and Silence = Death.

  • Capritaur

    Some 6000 gay people descende upon the ill-prepared city as part of the GALA event, and every single gay bar was jam-packed the past weekend. I’m sure this happens all the time in San Francisco and New Orleans, but the big city boys surely made us look like provincial villagers.

    • OdieDenCO

      accept Denver for the city it is. If you can’t there are plenty of other cities out there to move to

      • Capritaur

        Relax, a little self-deprecatory humor never hurts anyone.

        • TuuxKabin

          Truly.

        • David Walker

          I was wondering if the marijuana merchants are noticing an upswing in business?

          • OdieDenCO

            the recreational outlet just off the 16th street mall I walked passed yesterday had a line out the door.

          • David Walker

            I love our tribe.

          • SelectFromWhere

            I never saw any on 16th–in fact, I was in Denver for 6 days and never got to take advantage of “Colorado laws”… 🙁

          • pch1013

            It’s the first thing I did when I got to Denver.

          • David Walker

            So the mile-high city became that much higher. Have one for me.

      • TuuxKabin
      • Silver Badger

        Speaking as a lifelong Denver resident, we are full now. Please leave. Come to visit and then GO HOME.

        • OdieDenCO

          I understand your concern. I remember driving up I-25 to 6th ave then out to Lakewood in rush hour traffic in under 30 minutes, now it takes a good hour. But, the city either grows and changes or dies. Preserve what is best accept the changes you must.

          • Silver Badger

            You have to accept Denver’s changes or move. You don’t have to like it, but you have to accept it.

          • David Walker

            Sad but true. Life’s like that.

        • SelectFromWhere

          We DID “Come to visit and go home”, thanks.

          • Silver Badger

            Thank you so much. We of Denver applaud you.

    • Silver Badger

      For rather a lot of us permanent residents, Denver has become too big too fast. Mainly as a result of immigration from the hate states to take advantage of our economy. As Denver has always been a “boom or bust” kinda place, our next “bust” is going to be breath taking. And not in a good way.

    • hywell dda

      In 1986 the GALA choruses “descended” on Minneapolis. The straight half of businesses had closed for the July 4th weekend but not the gay bars. For food, we resourceful New Yorkers found a gay owned restaurant (with cute waiters) & ate most of our meals there. Asking one of the now familiar waiters if he was making good tips from this mob, he told me the weekend paid for his living room furniture! But despite little bumps like finding food & a closed downtown and a unheard of heat wave, it was a miraculous event. I attended every concert and had tears in my eyes often (this was in the midst of the Plague). I’ve never forgotten that weekend and the beautiful men and women who raised our voices together in song despite all the obstacles we’d faced. I’m happy (and tearful) to see that we can still sing together to emerge stronger through our pain. Onward…..

    • David Walker

      I’ll bet not. I was part of the convention (that’s such an awkward word to use for a fabulous gathering of fabulous musicians) in Denver in 2012 and I fell in love with it. OK, I’m from Harrisburg, so Denver is a Big City, but the people, on the whole, were welcoming and the bar crawls were wonderful. As for “ill-prepared,” the event isn’t really open to the public, so public awareness isn’t all that great. However, I never felt unsafe, and big cities tend to scare the shit out of me.

      • CatApostrophe

        I live in Chicago and my sister lives in Denver. Dunno what they’re putting in the water over there but Denver folks (and Coloradans in general) are just plain nice! I always have to remind myself to check my attitude when I visit. I may end up moving there one day.

        • David Walker

          One needs to keep one’s credentials visible to get into events, and it’s just as easy to wear the neck thingy all the time. One of the things that I actually kind of admired was how quickly the homeless and panhandlers learned to look at the tag and incorporate your name into the money beg. Here, it’s just “You have 50 cents?” There it was, “Hey, David. I’ve been a little down on my luck…” or “David, do you have second?” or any number of approaches. I admired the creativity.

    • SelectFromWhere

      I’ve been to GALA in 3 different cities and this is by far the best-suited. Most don’t come to GALA for the bars.

      • David Walker

        I was delighted when GALA announced in 2012 or 2013 that they would return to Denver. I forget what that’s called, but area for the arts is just incredible. The other GALA I attended was in Miami, and that was a great introduction. But for excellent performance venues in one immediate area…does another city offer that?

        • OdieDenCO

          the Denver Performing Arts complex. http://www.denvercenter.org/

          • David Walker

            That’s such an incredible place! And several proud Denver guys told me that it was voted on and taxpayers agreed to pay some of the cost, as they did with the sports venues. I found that to be another plus for Denver. Citizens who consider sports and the arts equally important? Wow!

  • Roger

    Oh dear, those onion ninjas struck again, with extra large onions this time.
    This was really beautiful.

    • Adam King

      How do they make the onion fumes come out from my computer speakers, that’s what I want to know.

  • They opened their set with True Colors and closed with We Are Family.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I bet that was good.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Panti Bliss was right in her speech that we are all connected. I might not know any of the innocent souls perished and those who are injured from it, my heart feel the ache the way that I was not as affected as many tragic stories that bombarded on the front page daily news that come across my computer screen. It was a sombre reminder as I stood watching the process of Toronto Pride kick off, so much has achieved for just a few privilege yet so much more needed to be done for those who live outside of my perimeter. Pulse is not just the name of a nightclub in Orlando anymore, it’s a conduit to our existence everywhere in the world.

  • skyweaver

    What a beautiful sound. How sad. How glorious. How hopeful. Thanks, Joe, and thanks to the wonderful people who sang this.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Beautiful….sniff…..touching….blow…..heart moving…..clean glasses……can’t stop crying…Thanks for posting…..sniff…..Joe.
    So much love

  • MB

    http://static.kidspot.com.au/cm_assets/124399/image5-20160622125915.jpg~q75,dx720y-u0r1g0,c–.jpg

    http://ww1.hdnux.com/photos/47/26/33/10315508/3/1024×1024.jpg

    …. darn allergies and dust ninjas………

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ~ WE WILL NEVER FORGET ~ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • StraightGrandmother

      Why does that make me cry? Love Always Wins. Why does that make me cry? I can’t figure it out.

  • andrew

    Love does triumph over hate.

  • HAAAAAAA

    .-.

    • StraightGrandmother

      That is so beautiful HAAAAA.
      Where did you find this?
      It’s really beautiful.

      • HAAAAAAA

        I will have to ask my Hubby it came from him. I will get back to you on that. 🙂

    • JCF

      I like the way Chrissie puts it!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTX3OYW-wOA

      • TuuxKabin

        Oh god yes! Thank you JCF. Chrissie puts it well.

  • TuuxKabin
  • Sandra Oh

    What a nice way to wake up on the 4th. Thank you for posting that.

  • The Milkman

    I’m here too… It’s a great time. Join a chorus!

    • David Walker

      Exactly! You have 4 years until the next get-together, which also means 4 years of singing with others. Harrisburg has both a men’s chorus and a women’s chorus. Both are in Denver this time. God, I wish I could be there.

      • The Milkman

        I saw the Harrisburg guys at the cocktail bar across the street. 🙂

        • David Walker

          A small but merry band of sexual outlaws. I love them.

    • greenmanTN

      That would be impossible for some of us. First, there isn’t one nearby, but second and most importantly, my singing voice sounds like a cat being declawed without anesthesia!

  • David Walker

    Confession: There are some songs I roll my eyes to as soon as they start. “The Impossible Dream” is one…great medley, but the lyric doesn’t really go anywhere. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was another. It may have had something to do with the show, but it just always seemed like so much fake emotion. Even “Climb Every Mountain” had more going for it.

    That’s changed. Watching this, hearing this, was like experiencing it for the first time. Thank you, Orlando, for waking me up on this song. Just amazing.

    • CanuckDon

      I never paid much attention to it until Babs opened her “Higher Ground” album with it in the later ’90s. My life at that time was very dark and the song helped tremendously on a personal spiritual level. I suppose it has the religious tone to it but for me, it’s more about defiance and knowing that there’s always sun above the clouds.

      • David Walker

        Yes. I think I’m just a slow learner. I still haven’t changed my mind about “Impossible Dream,” though. I just don’t get why so many people love(d) it.

        • CanuckDon

          Blame it on Robert Goulet and Andy Williams. Their versions had that lame, traditional vibe to them that wiped out any semblance of emotional attachment. I like Tom Jones rendition which used a slower, pop ballad pace.

          I love songs that build and “Impossible Dream” certainly does. “Born Free” is another from that era and that one brings me to tears most of the time. If only life was like a song.

          http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x29951u_tom-jones-the-impossible-dream-1970_music

        • yetanotherLaura

          I saw the show with its original Broadway cast. Trust me, if you’d seen it, you’d change your mind about Impossible Dream. It still is heartbreaking to me in its beauty.

          But You’ll Never Walk Alone has definitely moved into a place of real meaning for me now. I wish I’d been there. You can just feel the emotion in the room pouring out of all those amazing voices.

        • Hank

          David, I agree with yetanotherLaura, you had to have seen Richard Kiley perform this on Broadway to REALLY feel it. “this song comes halfway through the play. This is the moment when the audience (just like Aldonza) stops laughing at this old fool, and begins to hear what his disordered mind believes in…. what he believes is worth devoting one’s last ounce of courage to pursue …..despite it not being achievable. Impossible. But to try, to dream…. to reach for….that is where glory lies.”

          In our lifetimes, we have been able to come out of the closet, have families and now SSM. There is MORE for us to achieve, i.e. FULL Civil Rights. The version, below is not as good as as, when he performed it in the Thearte in the Round, in Greenwich Village, but as a child it MOVED me!!!
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHVGOp5Usv4

          • David Walker

            I don’t doubt you and yetanotherLaura for a second. I know the show very well, I’ve worked a production of it, and while our Quixote was probably no Kiley, he landed the part nightly (his “I am I, Don Quixote” and his death scene were excellent). He didn’t change my opinion. As with most of the OCR/OBCs of the time, I bought the cast recording as soon as it came out, so I heard Kiley sing it before all the lounge lizards took it over. I wasn’t motivated to buy tickets.

            So can we agree to disagree? You, yetanotherLaura, and I simply hear it differently.

          • Hank

            David… we can always agree to disagree…. especially when it comes to Broadway. 😉

  • David Walker

    Question for those of you who are there: Did San Diego sing the National Anthem at the opening ceremony? I ask because they were denied the opportunity to sing it at that ball game last month.

    • SelectFromWhere

      They did not, but the opening ceremony (which they held twice, there were so many people) was a very diverse event and something like the National Anthem isn’t really used to open GALA Festivals–since we have so many talented singers and songwriters among us who often write pieces specially for the opening. Holly Near and Matt Alber were two of the emcee/ acts in attendance.

      I remember when the San Diego incident happened, many of us in GALA thought they should do Todd anthem at some point, but with the wealth of queer-written music to choose from, it would almost seem a little pedestrian to use the anthem. And, most importantly, this was an international festival with numerous countries and continents represented, so it would have been somewhat jingoistic.

      • David Walker

        Makes perfect sense. Thanks.

        • SelectFromWhere

          And, since it turned out that the whole snafu truly was an HONEST mistake and the technician felt horrible and publically apologized (which was accepted by SDGMC), I think it dropped from the radar screen, especially when the Orlando shooting came along.

  • Mildred Pierce

    Chills and tears …..
    Thank you JOE for posting

  • another_steve

    Gay and lesbian choruses serve as wonderful ambassadors to the world on behalf of the LGBT community. They do very important educational and outreach work. My man and I help financially support our local chorus — the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. Their concerts have been a highlight of our year for many years, since the chorus formed in 1981.

    I urge everyone to check out their local chorus — and enjoy!

  • Phil

    GALA Choruses is livestreaming the festival!

    http://galachoruses.org/live

  • hdtex

    All of the feels…..This was performed at my father’s funeral when I was a small child. Chronically ill and separated from our family, he had taken his life on Father’s Day. 48 years later this song still moves me to tears for him, and for the aching of that little boy whose dad wasn’t coming home.

  • JR

    Is it suddenly dusty in here?

    Magnificent. Thank you all.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    BRAVO!!!

  • greenmanTN

    Wonderful! It’s times like this that I really hate that my singing voice sounds like a cat being declawed without anesthesia.

    • David Walker

      I had to turn down one guy during his audition…I just couldn’t get him to carry a tune and I knew he’d be really frustrated trying to harmonize. However, choruses aren’t just singers. There’s the board of directors…some choruses choose boards from their current members, but others very consciously look outside the chorus, feeling (I think rightly) that gives them a broader view of the community and its needs. Choruses also need volunteers by the dozens…publicity, press releases, librarian, concert behind-the-scenes, sectional rehearsals, event/chorus organizers, and page turner. You may not be all that visible, but your work will be appreciated. If you have a chorus within an hour’s drive, I encourage you to consider.

      • SelectFromWhere

        My husband doesn’t sing a note, but he’s been with me as a supporter to 4 GALAs in a row now. GreenmanTN, you can register and attend without singing at all! It actually gives you more chances to see performances, since you don’t have to take time out for rehearsals and tech rehearsals!

  • Got somethin’ in my eye…

  • AmethystTear

    This was such an amazing moment I am thankful that I was there yesterday!

  • Kyle Schellinger

    I was in the upper balcony and was sobbing. Everyone held hands as we all just sobbed and sang. It was a gloriously cathartic moment – the kind that seldom happens.

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  • Nick McNoltzz

    They sounded horrible!!

  • Carol Wright

    Wonderful…

  • BoJ

    Beautiful!