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Portland's Gay Men's Chorus will perform BraveSouls & Dreamers, an anti-war cantata, in NYC's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

UPDATE: We want to THANK all of our backers for helping PGMC reach our initial goal. Although our goal appears fully funded, the $5,000.00 only accounts for approximately 10% of the monies needed to send over 115 singers to New York. We hope to greatly surpass our initial target before our campaign ends on September 15. Please encourage those you know to continue to donate to our campaign. Every pledge counts, no matter the amount.

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Over 115 singers from the Portland Gay Men's Chorus (PGMC) will travel from Oregon to New York City to perform BraveSouls and Dreamers, a peace cantata, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

We are honored to have been invited by Flight For Freedom to represent the city of Portland. This will be an historic moment for PGMC and the gay choral movement. This is no small feat for our organization, and we can't do it without your support. To perform to our greatest ability, we have committed to ensuring more than 115 singers travel to New York City.

PGMC is proud to cast a renewed spirit of peace and unity -- similar to the one felt in the days after 9/11 -- through its art. Our performance will come to a poignant close when the New York City Gay Men's Chorus will join us as we are conducted by Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly-gay bishop to be ordained by the U.S. Episcopal Church.

Every dollar donated will help us send more than 115 singers to New York. Thank you for joining us in spreading an important message while honoring the memory of all those affected by 9/11.

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  • Gay choruses are now the leading commissioners of new choral works, and it is the gay chorus movement that has inspired some of the most challenging and innovative choral work over the last 30 years. BraveSouls and Dreamers, commissioned by PGMC in 2007, exemplifies this growing trend. It offers a provocative message about the devastating realities of war, its consequences on families, and the ongoing pursuit of peace. PGMC's Artistic Director Bob Mensel describes the work as compelling, the music rich, and the words strident and provoking. “The message of BraveSouls and Dreamers is not political," he said. "It is human. Its reflection on the tragedies of war is as germane to the conflict in Iraq as it is to Vietnam, World War II, the American Revolution, and the Civil War.”

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  • PGMC is honored to have been invited by the Flight For Freedom, a group of more than 1,000 concerned Oregonians and community leaders who flew to New York just three weeks after the terrorist attacks to lend moral and economic support to the citizens of New York.

    The PGMC performance is the final gathering for the 2011 Flight For Freedom delegation and will close an incredible day of reflection at the Cathedral, where 10 years ago people from all parts of New York City gathered and came together. It is our privilege to represent the city of Portland on this very special occasion.

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  • YES! Kickstarter will allow us to raise as much money as you are willing to pledge before the deadline. All monies will go to the Chorus Travel Fund. Sending more than 110 singers is no small feat, and our Kickstarter goal only represents about 10% of the funds we need to raise.

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  • YES! If you would like to support this performance but give the incentive to someone else as gift, please go through the normal process of making a donation in your name. Then, when we reach out to you via e-mail to request additional information, please tell us who should receive the reward.

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  • YES! PGMC is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. All contributors will receive written confirmation of their donation for tax purposes.

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