In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Heartland Men's Chorus is Kansas City's gay men's chorus, singing out in Kansas City since 1986.
The members of HMC have joined together for the purpose of making music as a not-for-profit, volunteer chorus of gay and gay-sensitive people who are making a positive cultural contribution to the entire community.
We are a member of GALA Choruses, the international association of the lesbian and gay choral movement. Founded in 1982, GALA Choruses represents 190 choruses, their 10,000 singers and 750,000 patrons in Australia, Europe, South America, and North America.
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Review: Singing out in America's Heartland since 1986, Kansas City's 135-voice gay men's chorus aptly brings us a collection of 13 songs related to the struggle for freedom. The collection is drawn from the story of America, the music ranging from religious hymns and spirituals to folk songs and patriotic anthems. Freedom also includes five new commissioned works from composers Mark Hayes and Greg Gilpin, "Freedom Suite: A Medley of Spirituals" and "I Will Stand With You" by Hayes and "Skip to My Lou," "O Shenandoah" and "The Crawdad Song," arranged by Gilpin. Other favorites are a pair of spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, "This Little Light of Mine" and "Hold On," U2's "MLK," Stephen Sondheim's "Children Will Listen," the Alice Parker-arranged "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal," Frank Wildhorn's touching, piano & violin-accompanied "Tell My Father," and the final cut, "My Country 'Tis of Thee," accompanied by a quote from Randy Hite, "As a gay man, I claim ALL of America's freedoms as mine. That includes the freedom to marry. Liberty and Justice for ALL includes ME! Let Freedom ring!" "Freedom" is a beautiful, powerful collection from Heartland Men's Chorus!
Songlist: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, Children Will Listen, Tell My Father, Freedom Suite: A Medley of Spirituals, MLK, This Little Light of Mine, Hold On, Skip to my Lou, O Shedandoah, The Crawdad Song, I Will Stand With You, We Will Overcome, My Country 'Tis of Thee
Review: HMC's first holiday recording, this wonderful CD is being re-released in 2005 in celebration of the Chorus' 20th anniversary after having been out-of-print for several years. Conducted by Reuben M. Reynolds, III.
Songlist: A Winter Triptych, Din Don Merrily On High, O Holy Night, Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Gloria, The Christmas Song, Silent Night, Holy Night, The Holly and the Ivy, A New Year's Song, Water Under Snow is Weary, Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, White Christmas, A Song For Christmas
Review: HMC's most ambitious and most hauntingly beautiful CD is here! Quest Unending includes unforgettable selections from the concerts Global Destinations and Exile: The Journey Home. Recorded at Bales Recital Hall and Visitation Church, this recording truly captures the sound of HMC at its very best. Music possesses the unique ability to communicate and connect people despite physical, cultural and language barriers. Quest Unending, the ninth recording by Heartland Men's Chorus, looks at our diverse world through music with a sense of "home." Stephen Paulus reminds us in The Road Home that no matter how far we travel or how difficult our journeys may be, "there is no such beauty as where you belong." As you share this quest unending, may you find the true beauty of belonging.
Songlist: The Quest Unending, The Stars Are With the Voyager, The Road Home, Avinu Malkeinu, A Vuccella, Dulaman, Spaseniye Sodelal, Khorumi, Last Letter Home, Home on the Range, Make Me a Kite, Dies Irae, Amen, Here's Where I Stand, Live Your Dream
Review: HMC's third holiday disc, this recording includes an exceptionally wide and diverse range of music--yet reflects on the quiet of winter as we await the emergence of new life in the spring. A timely thought as we hurry through the holidays and deal with a sometimes chaotic world.
Songlist: Sing We Now of Christmas, Lux Aurumque, A New Decamber, A La Nanita Nana, Bogoroditse Devo, An Angel Gets Its Wings, Deck The Halls in 7/8, The Sleigh (a la Russe), Hodie, Ose Shalom, The Bells, Nativity Carol, Angel's Blessing, Ding Dong Merrily on High
Review: From serious to silly, this compilation of songs from the past and present proudly displays the true colors of Heartland Men's Chorus.
Songlist: America the Beautiful, Who Are the Brave, We're Not Lost, We're Here, Bring Him Home, Everything Possible, Hope For Tomorrow, What Matters, Finally Here, Make Them Hear You, Walks-Between People, Parade, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Bittersweet Tango, I Do, Color Out of Colorado
Sing Me To Heaven
Review: Favorite HMC selections from our spring 2002 concert and pieces from past years, not previously released on CD. The recording includes a diverse variety of men's repertoire, some a cappella, some with piano accompaniment, and some with full orchestra.
Songlist: The Awakening, Past Life Melodies, Prayer of the Children, In This Heart Of Mine, Dirait-on, Daemon Irrepit Callidus, We Live On Borrowed Time, The Day After That, Sing Me to Heaven, Elegy For Matthew, Lord, Make Me an Instrument Of Thy Peace, One Voice
Review: Heartland Men's Chorus 2000 release of American Songs and spirituals conducted by Joseph P. Nadeau. The disc includes two pieces commissioned by HMC from Kansas City composers, produced to mark the city's sesquicentennial celebration.
Songlist: Waitin' for the Dawn of Peace, Zion's Walls, Deep River, City Called Heaven, Go Down Moses, Lord, Listen to Your Children, Steal Away, Mood Indigo, Close Your Eyes My Little One Sleep, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, Away From the Roll of the Sea, How Can I Keep From Singing, Finally Here, One World