The most famous gay men’s chorus of them all joins forces with one of the most famous gay writers, Armistead Maupin, for a moving and powerful evening of music and stories. Revisiting Maupin’s seminal homage to San Francisco, Tales of the City, on its 40th anniversary, SFGMC’s spring concert Tales Of Our City: Our Lives, Our Heroes finds Maupin’s appearance anchoring excerpts from two of SFGMC’s most significant commissions — NakedMan, a groundbreaking choral exploration of the AIDS pandemic first performed in 1996, and the popular oratorio I Am Harvey Milk by composer Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, Big Fish). The jam-packed program also includes a world premiere by transgender composer Mari Esabel Valverde, as well as a new piece by San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus composer-in-residence James Eakin. The 60-piece Bay Area Rainbow Symphony provides musical accompaniment as this thrilling, eclectic celebration ignites Davies Symphony Hall. Be among the first to get tickets through this exclusive Goldstar pre-sale.
The internationally bestselling author, hailed as having “invented San Francisco,” comes to Montalvo for a fascinating and evocative conversation with Katherine Maxfield about his life and many accomplishments in literature, theater, and music. Books will be available for purchase.
About Tales of the City and Armistead Maupin
“[Tales of the City is] perhaps the most sublime piece of popular literature America has ever produced” Laura Miller, Salon.com
Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, his iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed a trail through popular culture—from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, to an ambitious new musical that had its world premiere at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in 2011. The series now encompasses eight hugely popular novels: Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, and Mary Ann in Autumn. These works have been translated into ten languages with more than six million copies in print.
Maupin’s other novels include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener—which became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.
Maupin holds a number of awards for his literary and pioneering social work, including the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York; Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco; and Trevor Project’s Life Award “for his efforts in saving young lives.” He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Jointly benefits the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and The Trevor Project.
The New York City premiere of the musical Tales of the City. With music by the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and John Garden, and a book by Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty, this vibrant new musical is a celebration of inclusivity, love, discovery, equality, and chosen family. The iconic story will be presented for one night only at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre March 27, 2017, in a benefit for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and The Trevor Project.
Based on the beloved series of novels by Armistead Maupin, Tales of the City follows a community of friends, lovers, and others who reside at the mythical address of 28 Barbary Lane in 1976 San Francisco. Mary Ann Singleton, a fresh arrival from Ohio, falls into a diverse band of Bohemians and blue-bloods, as families are created and rediscovered under the watchful eye of mystical landlady Anna Madrigal.
Tales of the City was first developed at the O’Neill’s 2009 National Music Theater Conference, and had a subsequent run at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in 2011. The concert will feature many returning cast members from both productions as well as support from the original creative team, including director Jason Moore and music director/vocal arranger Stephen Oremus. The concert is directed by Travis Geisler and music directed by Cian McCarthy.
The Literary Society of the San Mateo Public Library Foundation
proudly presents the
6th Annual Author’s Gala
Featuring the Best-Selling Author of Tales of the City
and Celebrating the 10th Anniversary
of the New Main Library
Saturday, April 29, 2017
5:00 – 6:00 pm Cocktails * 6:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner
San Mateo Marriott
1770 South Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA
Early Bird Price $195 * $225 After April 12
RSVP by April 21, 2017
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This year’s fundraising efforts will support the purchase of
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As our signature fundraising event, the Author’s Gala has provided nearly $1 million dollars of essential support to the Library over the past 5 years. We are particularly excited about this year’s Gala, as we will also be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the renovation of the Main Library and the Branches!
Your evening also includes a Reception, Catered Dinner,
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