Common Woman Chorus and Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus hold a joint rehearsal for ‘A Proclamation of Hope.’ Photo Credit: David Palm (

DURHAM, N.C. — When the Triangle area’s two LGBT and LGBT-friendly community choirs teamed up to present a special concert benefiting the Komen Foundation, they didn’t quite know what kind of response they’d get. The choruses, two weeks from the concert’s debut, have found out — their communities rallied to the cause.

Durham-based Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus (TGMC) and Comman Woman Chorus (CWC) are presenting their joint venture, “A Proclamation of Hope” and debuting the Triangle-area premiere of “Sing for the Cure,” a world-renowned song cycle that honors breast cancer victims, survivors and their loved ones. The proceeds from the event, which occurs the same weekend as the Triangle Komen Race for the Cure, will be shared equally by CWC, TGMC and Komen for the Cure NC-Triangle, a local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Stephen Mellott, TGMC’s executive vice president for marketing, says the issue is one both communities can really around.

Mellott says the joint concert also speaks to the choral groups’ similar missions.

“Performing this piece goes along with our organizational mission statements and focuses of performing music that speaks to all people across cultural and sexual orientation divisions,” he says. “Part of our vision statement is uplifting the value and worth of all people. This is a piece of music that speaks to everybody. Our artistic staffs and boards felt this was an important work to bring to the Triangle area.”

The performance isn’t new. In fact, it’s been around for quite some time and other performances of “Sing for the Cure” have been staged as close as Charlotte. Mellott says the piece’s notoriety and message will resonate with community members.

“A lot of people are familiar with this work, but even if they aren’t, when you make people aware of how the piece was created — that it was commissioned by the Susan G. Komen Foundation which many people are aware of or connected to — they immediately respond positively,” he says.

The groups have received all sorts of positive praise and participation already. The mayors of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, for example, all lent their names as honorary co-chairs for the event, as reported by qnotes in April (see “Triangle mayors co-chair LGBT choral event for Komen foundation,”

Mellott said at the time that the mayors’ participation signaled positive signs of the officials’ support for breast cancer research initiatives and their willingness to work with LGBT organizations.

“A Proclamation of Hope” will be performed at Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts’ Meymandi Concert Hall on June 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at : :

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.