Kansas City's Gay Men's Chorus
Kansas City's Gay Men's Chorus

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(Christmas) hammin’ it up

Kristin Shafel Omiccioli | KC Metropolis A trumpet duo called the Heartland Men’s Chorus concert to order Friday night, followed by chorus members placed throughout the aisles, on a sober Personent Hodie arrangement by Lara Hoggard. The final line, a strong unison of all voices, was majestic and beautifully set the tone of the first half, which included more traditional holiday […]

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Dustin Cates, Heartland Men’s Chorus artistic director, redefines holiday tradition

Nick Spacek | The Pitch The Heartland Men’s Chorus has always aimed for what it refers to as a “non-traditional holiday tradition” at its annual December concert. As Kansas City’s premier gay men’s chorus, the group has plenty of room to fill that niche. After the success of last year’s Kansas City Christmas, artistic director Dustin Cates wanted to solidify the […]

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Heartland Men’s Chorus Turns 30

Heartland Men’s Chorus (HMC) has announced its upcoming season, the 30th anniversary for Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus. The season will begin with Kansas City Christmas, December 4-6, 2015. The title of the concert is an intentional holdover from last year’s record-breaking holiday concert. “Our holiday concert is considered an annual tradition by so many in our audience,” says artistic director […]

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‘Big Gay Sing’ unites music, comedy, drag queens in fun filled hour

Bob Evans | AXS.com Dust off the vocal pipes, clap hands, snap fingers, sing along, and laugh a lot when viewing the Heartland Men’s Chorus in their Kansas City Fringe Festival 2015 entry, “Big Gay Sing,” that entertained many in its three day weekend run at Kansas City’s historic Union Station. Drag Queens, Daisy Buckët and Summer Tryst acted as […]

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KC Fringe 2015: Big Gay Sing

Karen Hauge | KCMetropolis.org Possibly the most FABULOUS addition to this year’s Fringe Festival, Heartland Men’s Chorus’s Big Gay Sing! brings the audience into the action with a big-screen projection of each and every wonderful word of all the anthemic pop songs they perform. The audience is encouraged to— nay, almost shamed into— singing along, by songstress drag queen Daisy […]

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A Couple’s Road To Emmaus, Fatherhood

Suzanne Hogan | KCUR Raymond Cattaneo and his husband Dustin Cates were together six years before they decided that they wanted to adopt a baby and build their family. The Kansas City couple met with a social worker to partake in a home study, and as they were wrapping it up, Cattaneo called Cates from the hospital, where he was […]

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HMC Takes on Fringe Festival with Big Gay Sing

Heartland Men’s Chorus usually takes the summer months off, but this year the group is poised to launch a new event as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival. The Chorus will present Big Gay Sing, an interactive sing-along variety show for four performances, July 17-19, 2015. “It will be more of a party atmosphere, as opposed to a concert […]

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A “Wicked” good concert

Anthony Rodgers | KCMetropolis Stephen Schwartz has found success writing music and lyrics for both stage and screen and remains a standard name in the theatre world today. Under the direction of Dustin S. Cates, Heartland Men’s Chorus had magic to do as the group paid tribute to Schwartz this weekend with a gravity-defying program filled with energy, laughter, and […]

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Are We There Yet? Men’s Choir Takes on New Challenges in a Rapidly Changing World

Paul Horsley | The Independent There’s a zephyr wind blowing through gay men’s choirs in America, and Heartland Men’s Chorus appears to have found just the right man to take it into this new era of acceptance and tolerance. On June 13th and 14th, Dustin Cates concludes his brilliant first season as the choir’s artistic director with “A Little Bit […]

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HMC Gets Wicked with Summer Concerts Celebrating Composer Stephen Schwartz

Heartland Men’s Chorus will present “A Little Bit Wicked,” a concert devoted to the music of composer Stephen Schwartz, June 13 and 14, 2015, at the Folly Theater. Featuring songs from his Broadway and film musicals, the repertoire will span more than 40 years of work by the prolific composer. “Stephen is one of the rare modern Broadway composers who […]

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