Past Seasons

Honoring Our Past ~ Inspired For Our Future ~
Fully Present In This Moment

Holiday Concert – December 12, 2015, 7:30 pm
Cabaret – March 4, 5, 11, 12, 2016, 7:30 pm; March 13, 2016, 3:00 pm
Pride Concert – June 4 and 5, 2016, 4:00 pm
All concerts are at East Liberty Presbyterian Church

Holiday Concert

  • Premiering our anniversary composition, a commission from Eric Lane Barnes
  • Performing some of the favorite music of the choir and our audience community
  • Welcoming back former artistic directors, accompanists, and choir members

Cabaret

This year’s annual Cabaret performance focuses on the songs from Award winning movies. Come and take a musical journey through cinema history as we sing, dance, and reflect on those films which left an impact on our lives.

Pride Concert

This 30th Anniversary Season Pride Concert will feature special performances of Power Lines by Kala Pierson, winner of the Roma Commission, and Rise, performed and composed by Carolyn Montgomery-Forant and Jeff Cubeta in support of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. In addition the choir will be performing music that the choir itself has chosen as some of their favorite music they have sung with RCC.

Renaissance City Choir 2014-2015: The Power of Music

To Entertain – To Provoke – To Inspire

During the past season, the Renaissance City Choir Board of Directors updated their mission statement:

The Renaissance City Choir affirms and celebrates LGBTQ identity through the unifying power of music.

Music is truly a powerful vehicle, carrying messages of hope, encouragement, community, advocacy, playfulness and joy, straight to the heart.

Join us for the 2014-2015 Renaissance City Choir season as we celebrate this potent vehicle of communication as we experience it in our lives.

Holiday Concert: Winter Serenade

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
East Liberty Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Take advantage of the early bird rate until November 13 – $5 off General Admission.

Join us for the first concert in Renaissance City Choir’s 2014-2015 Season – our Holiday Concert: Winter Serenade. For this Holiday Concert, RCC will be joined by the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra as we perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ gorgeous Serenade to Music, with chorus, vocal soloists, violin soloists, and orchestra. We will also be performing beautiful pieces in celebration of the Holidays, including a Hanukkah piece written for RCC and ESO by ESO principal bassist and principal cantor at Rodef Shalom, Molly May. In addition to this lovely music, we will also present a hysterical and historical trip through time with the tune “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in a piece entitled “Lambscapes,” and a sassy mashup of “Carol of the Bells” and several pop tunes (you have to come to the concert to hear which tunes).

Come hear this beautiful and fun concert, presented by your favorite LGBTQA choir, the Renaissance City Choir. Let us be part of our your Holiday traditions.

Cabaret: Duet Together!

Duets and more from the Great American Songbook

Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, 2015, 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee, March 15, 2015, 3 pm
East Liberty Presbyterian Church Social Hall
116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Join us for our Cabaret, featuring duets and more from the Great American Songbook. Come hear RCC revive classic songs as sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, and Michael Bublé.

Pride Concert: Jazz Pride

Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, 2015, 4:00 pm
East Liberty Presbyterian Church Courtyard
116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

An outdoor concert of jazz, blues, spirituals, and African music featuring phenomenal jazz vocalist Tania Grubbs and stunningly imaginative jazz pianist Daniel May.

Let us serenade you with songs of love, hope, and Spring, and inspire you with musical calls for justice, equity, harmony, and mutual respect among our local, national, and world communities.

Our rain location will be in ELPC’s Rainbow Social Hall.


Renaissance City Choir 2013-2014: Coming Home

For our 2013-2014 concert season, we are Coming Home…

… to the place where we held most of our Holiday Concerts in the past and where we call home today for our rehearsals and meetings: East Liberty Presbyterian Church. All of our concerts will take place at ELPC.

… to music that we are passionate about – Broadway/Musical Theatre music, for our Cabaret 2014.

… to one of our core values – advocacy – celebrating the advancements the GLBTQ community has already made and looking toward the future.

Whether you are interested in singing with us or hearing us sing for you, you have a home with us – your RCC family.

Holiday Concert: Welcome Home

Saturday, December 14, 7:30 pm
East Liberty Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

For our Holiday 2013 concert, we are returning home, to East Liberty Presbyterian Church, the place where we presented our Holiday concerts for many many years, and where we rehearse each week, preparing our music for our community. Join us in the beautiful ELPC Cathedral Sanctuary as we share sweet holiday music that has been meaningful to us through the years as well as new pieces that we love. On the program are selections from Handel’s Messiah, the premiere of a new Hanukkah piece by David P. Goldstein, festive holiday songs, and the yearly singing of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Joining us for our concert will be the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra (http://www.edgewoodsymphony.org), the East Liberty Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir (www.cathedralofhope.org), and ELPC’s Music Director and Organist, Dr. Edward Alan Moore.

Make this concert your winter holiday tradition.

Cabaret: Unexpected Broadway

Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1, 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee, March 9, 3 pm
East Liberty Presbyterian Church Social Hall
116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Music that is part of our roots and our identity: music from the Great White Way – Broadway. This is the music that tells our stories, with personalities that are bigger than life and lives that are lived with courage and verve! For our Cabaret 2014, we will be taking a fresh look at this music, with forgotten Broadway treasures, atypical casting of familiar songs, and mash-ups of pieces you would have never imagined.

Join us for an hilarious and moving review of Broadway music, done the RCC way!

Pride Concert: Singing Out!

Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1, 4:00 pm
East Liberty Presbyterian Church Courtyard
116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

An outdoor concert of songs of advocacy and empowerment for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. With this concert we honor the contribution of our brothers and sisters who have been influential in our community, both local and national artists and advocates who helped bring about the changes we enjoy today and who continue to work toward equality for our community.


Renaissance City Choirs 2012-2013: Shine from the Heart!

We are passionate about our music-making and about bringing fabulous concert experiences to our community. We share our heart’s music for your heart’s warming.

Holiday Concert: Warm by the Fire

Sunday, December 9, 7 pm
Carnegie Music Hall
4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

Banish the chill with the warm sounds of our music-making: holiday music from the Renaissance City Choirs. Many of the spiritual/religious/secular traditions in December involve light in some way. This concert will warm your heart and draw us all together across our various cultural divides as we share familiar songs (including the annual sing-along of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) and some new sassy music as well. Featured on this concert will be a premiere of a Holiday piece commissioned by the RCC, written by composer Jake Heggie (composer of the opera Dead Man Walking) and lyricist Mark Campbell (lyricist for the opera Silent Night, winner of 2012 Pulizer Prize in Music)!

We are joined this year by the wonderful Edgewood Symphony Orchestra (http://www.edgewoodsymphony.org) and the powerfully moving GLBTA youth performance group Dreams of Hope (http://www.dreamsofhope.org/).

Make this concert your winter holiday tradition.

Cabaret: Divas & Divos

March 1 and 2, 7:30 pm
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Music made famous by some of our favorites shining stars: Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Holliday, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Katy Perry, Darren Criss, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, and Kelly Clarkson. Our Divas and Divos are bigger than life. The music that they performed or are performing is likewise big, with open arms that embrace us and give voice to our own experiences. This cabaret honors the contribution of some of our musical heroines and heroes and the music that they bring to the world.

Pride Concert: Love and Our Families

June 7 and 8, 7:30 pm
Pittsburgh Opera
2425 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The smell of spring hits the air and all of nature comes alive, including our own desires to connect with one another. Coming out of the winter doldrums, and almost summer time, this is the time to celebrate living and loving, our way. Our pride concert’s music is about love and family, as seen in the lives and through the eyes of the LGBT community. Come hear our stories of family, commitment, and relationships, and gorgeous, fun, outrageous, silly, and moving music by Eric Lane Barnes, James Mulholland, David P. Goldstein, Anita Ruth, Jonathan Larson, and more!