Charlotte choruses plan meditation, music for comfort after Orlando

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and One Voice Chorus will hold a meditation and music service with St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wednesday in response to the violence in Orlando.

“People in Charlotte, especially the LGBTQ community, are devastated,” Gerald Gurss, artistic director of One Voice, said in a news release. “The service is intended to provide comfort.” He offered a Leonard Bernstein quote: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before,” and concluded with: “This is what we LGBT choruses can do.”

The service, open to the public, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the church, 1510 E. 7th St. It will include communal singing, performances by both choruses, brief meditations and times of silence.

“Gay, lesbian and trans people live with a level of constant fear, that we could become the victim of violence at virtually any moment,” said John Quillin, managing artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus.

St. Martin’s director of music Budd Kirby said: “This tragedy has encouraged so many people to stand up and say together, ‘No more,’ including many who are identifying as LGBTQ allies for the first time. We want to provide a time for LGBTQ folks and allies, regardless of their religious or spiritual convictions, to come together to find comfort and create community.”