Did you know that America’s greatest love story set to music, West Side Story, was written and choreographed by 4 gay men?

Did you know that letters exist between Tchaikovsky and his brother Modest which include the line “I even went to Bulatov’s country estate, and his house is nothing but a pederastic bordello. As if it were not enough that I had been there, I fell in love as a cat with his coachman !!! “

Did you know Poulenc referred to his “Parisian sexuality” in letters, and openly identified as a gay man?

Have you ever listened to the music of Britten or Barber and seen nothing in the program notes about their long term male partners?

Then Homophonic is the concert for you!

3 Shades Black and the Midsumma Festival is proud to present Homophonic, an evening of new classical music by queer composers. Celebrating sapphic symphonists and homosexual harmonies, and the long and proud tradition of composers being as gay as the day is long.

The gays and the arts have always gone together, and this concert celebrates that long standing tradition, and highlights the contribution made to modern classical music. With a program featuring established composers alongside young Melbourne artists, Homophonic is sure to entertain and enlighten even the most experienced concert goer.

Performed by an ensemble of Melbourne’s most in demand musicians, and featuring Melbourne composers alongside more established names. We’re bringing the disco ball to the concert hall!!

Program includes:

Outline, by Pauline Oliveros.
Breathing through a hole, by Amy Bastow.
Beneath, by Naima Fine.
‘Aquarium’, by John Cage.
Simulcast, by Rick Burkhardt.
There might have been a time, by Wally Gunn.

and some surprise guests.

Ensemble: The Atticus String Quartet, Miranda Hill, Leila Engle, Joshua de Graaf, Dan Richardson, Oscar Garrido de la Rosa, Ruby Paskas, Phoebe Green, Ed Ferris, Stephanie Kabanyana, Bettina Crimmins, and Emma Sullivan.

Thursday the 2nd of February, 2012. 7:30pm.
Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall. Melbourne. $20/15

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.midsumma.org.au or at the door. (But
buy in advance! It’s good for my stress levels)

We look forward to seeing you there!