Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus Pays Homage To Iconic ‘Queens’


Members of the rock band Queen perform in 2012. (Sergei Chuzavkov/Associated Press file)

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus is paying tribute to some of the most influential and iconic “queens of music” with their upcoming concert “Queens and Queen.”

Along with a local rock group, the 100-member chorus will sing favorites made famous by Cher, Elton John, Madonna and, of course, the band Queen.

Chorus director Don Milton and Yacht Rock Schooner band leader Ganesh Jaya joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to discuss the show. Milton began by explaining how they picked their queens.

“Our list of queens was probably 70 people. We had to pare it down, and it was like choosing your favorite kid at that point. It was so difficult,” Milton said. “The ones we chose had particularly good choral arrangements as well. We’re doing Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary,’ Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself,’ Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man,’ those kind of things.”

The performance will be Saturday at Lassiter Concert Hall in Marietta at 3 and 8 p.m.

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