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Jacqueline Jonée presents “All Composers Gay” featuring Jean-Pierre Lemarié

June 16, 2014

Program Locations:

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium
Performances at 2:30 P.M. and 6 P.M.
Jacqueline JoneeIt is generally known that the composers Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, and Sondheim, Porter, and Grainger were or are gay. Many other historic composers were also gay, but that fact is mostly ignored by the public. 
 
After much research, we have discovered some of the great names of the baroque and romantic eras, such as Handel, Schubert, Saint-Saens were probably gay. In the case of Schubert, being gay was probably a significant explanation for the difficulties he had being recognized as the genius we all celebrate now! 
 
Given today’s climate for the LGBT community, imagine what life must have been like to be gay in the early 19th century society in London, Moscow, Vienna.  Given today’s climate in Russia, or even in some states in the USA, times have not changed for the LGBT community. In fact, in some cases, it has gotten worse.
 
To celebrate Pride month Jacqueline Jonée, Jean-Pierre Lemarié and the JouJou Jacquettes Philharmonic Orchestra come to the Library to share the incredible stories of the forgotten gay composers.
Jacqueline Jonée
with Special Guest Jean-Pierre Lemarié
and the
JouJou Jacquettes Philharmonic Orchestra
Seth Bedford, viola
Bjorn Berkhout, cello
Audrey Flores, French Horn
Chrissy Fong, flute
Sam Nedel, contra bass
Fran Novak, clarinet
Jim Tsao, violin
Ian Shafer, oboe