From Selma to Stonewall, the common attribute of our country’s most powerful social justice movements is resilience. This new musical co-commissioned by HMCKC and 8 other choruses from across the United States is brought to you by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk, The Addams Family, Big Fish, The Wild Party).

Unbreakable presents an historical arc to the experiences of LGBTQ people over the last 12 decades, weaving a musical tribute to how our community has evolved, triumphed, suffered and soared. “Unbreakable” is not only a statement of how we have endured in the past, but of how we must  continue forward, inspiring a world of love and acceptance for all.

Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 4:00 p.m

The Folly Theater

300 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

Statement of Solidarity

We are angry and heartbroken. The killing of George Floyd and the unnecessary violence of the police brutality that took his life has shaken us. Minority groups understand all too well the inequities and injustices in our country. Racism and discrimination have not only held us back, but continues to take lives.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” For 35 years, the Heartland Men’s Chorus has worked to give voice to the often silenced, and we stand in solidarity now more than ever with the communities of color demanding change.

When the stories of others lead to outrage and protest, we turn back the pages of our own history to remember the LGBTQ narratives of struggle and injustice. We cannot forget the LGBTQ members of color who took a stand 51 years ago this month at Stonewall. As an organization, we are committed to being community builders, conversation-starters, accountability partners, and role models that value human dignity and the voice of all people. We will serve as a safe space for black and other people of color while committing to transformative dialogue on racism, transphobia and homophobia.

We will listen more intently. We will reflect more deeply. We will respond more loudly.

Although COVID 19 serves as a barrier for HMC to gather in song safely, we gather in collective voice supporting organizations directly confronting inequities in our communities both locally and nationally. Please support groups like the Black Lives Matter movement; National Black Justice Coalition; the Center for Black Equity; the Transgender, Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project, and the many others that are moving the bar towards a more just society.

The Board of Directors, singers, and staff of the Heartland Men’s Chorus stand in solidarity and radical love for equality and change. We remain hopeful and steadfast for a nation taking breaths of change while taking brave steps towards a revolution for humankind.

Welcome Shawn Cullen!

On May 1, 2020, HMC announced that Shawn Cullen has been appointed Artistic Director. After a national search for a new director, our search committee was delighted to discover that the very best candidate was already here with us! Read more about Shawn here.

Why I Sing

Singing with Heartland Men’s Chorus is a great musical experience that enriches our community. If you are interested in checking us out, you are welcome to visit rehearsal any Tuesday evening!

Your Support Makes the Music Possible

Heartland Men’s Chorus is the largest and highest profile gay organization in the Kansas City region, and one of the most recognized arts organizations in the Midwest. Your financial support can transform lives, enhance the cultural landscape of Kansas City and be a powerful agent to change hearts and minds.

Contributions to the Annual Fund support the work of the Chorus, allowing us to purchase music, commission new works, and bring our message to places where our voices need to be heard, including school and regional outreach with our acclaimed social justice programs. Ticket sales and member dues account for less than 40% of our annual operating budget. Your continued support is critical for us to continue changing lives through music.

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