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Celebrating the Historical Legacy of Dr. Tim Seelig – San Francisco Bay Times


San Francisco Bay Times Columnist Dr. Tim Seelig, who is the artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), is one of the most talented professionals we have at Bay Hours who I have worked with over the years. He was supportive in every way possible, never missed a deadline, and is caring beyond measure. We are honored that, although he will soon be leaving his position with the choir, he will continue his column for the Bay Hours. For him, his retirement will be at Seelig, which means his calendar is already packed with guest conductor events and other projects, as he remains one of the most sought-after talents in music.

SFGMC recently announced the program of Last words, a one-night-only farewell concert for Seelig taking place Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco (201 Van Ness Avenue). Tickets are on sale now at 415-864-6000 or by visiting https://www.sfgmc.org/

Last words will celebrate Seelig’s spectacular legacy as he conducts his final gig as Artistic Director of SFGMC. This extraordinary evening will feature a deeply personal playlist curated by him highlighting the past 11.5 years of his artistic influence. To make this historic moment even more special, the San Francisco Symphony will join SFGMC on stage for the first time in the choir’s 43-year history. The works include selections from Unbreakable and I am Harvey Milk by Andrew Lippa A Chorus Line, The Lion King, Tyler Suite, and more. Special guests include the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.

Last words is the culmination of a career devoted not only to music education and choir conducting, but also to community building, activism and social justice, said Chris Verdugo, CEO of SFGMC . “We are deeply grateful for Tim’s service and dedication to the choir and the community as a whole. Its immense impact will be felt for decades. We look forward to celebrating him and his incredible accomplishments on July 13. »

“It’s a rare moment in time when a conductor is allowed to create a program made up of 100% of their favorite pieces,” Seelig added. “This is exactly what I am blessed with as I complete 11½ years with SFGMC and 35 years leading LGBTQ+ choirs around the world. I had help in the selection process, of course, but the final program couldn’t reflect my career better.

Considered one of the most prolific conductors in the country, Seelig’s 11 1⁄2 seasons with the SFGMC were marked by several milestones, including the Lavender Pen Tour, the groundbreaking tour that took the choir to five southern states in the fall of 2017; the subsequent publication of Gay Deep South Chorusthe award-winning documentary chronicling the Lavender Pen Tour; the creation of the artists’ portal at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco; the purchase of 170 Valencia, the new headquarters of SFGMC and the Chan National Queer Arts Center; the launch of RHYTHM, SFGMC’s nationwide youth outreach program; and more.

Throughout his tenure, Seelig forged intimate and significant working collaborations with distinguished composers and musicians that resulted in six major commissioned works. They understand Testimony by Stephen Schwartz; I am Harvey Milk by Andrew Lippa; Tyler Sequelfeaturing the work of nine famous composers, including Jake Heggie, Ann Hampton Callaway, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty, and many more; #twitterlieder by James Eakin; Unbreakable by Andrew Lippa; @queerz by Julian Hornik; and the next Songs of the Phoenix. Many of these works have since been performed by other choral ensembles around the world.

Please consider attending the historic July 13 event not only to be present for what promises to be an exceptional musical evening, but also to join us in thanking and giving some love to Seelig for his invaluable and unforgettable time with the SFGMC over the past decade. more.

Posted on June 22, 2022