Gorgeous, gay Brit George Michael recently gave composer Steve Schalchlin the chance to play John Lennons piano the infamous ivories used to compose Imagine. The performance was in Alec and Gabi Claytons front yard, where their son Bill had taken his life after he was bullied for being gay. Schalchlin recounts, So that sunny day in Olympia, after the truck pulled up and delivered the piano beneath a shade tree in the front yard, I was sitting there looking down at John Lennons cigarette burns, touching the keys he touched, and thinking about him. What was he thinking the day he wrote this song? Trying to tap into Lennons muse stimulated his creative juices, and New World Waking!b> was born. This musical journey, styled in pop, salsa, gospel, and low-down dirty blues, will be brought to you by Insignia, the Miami Gay Mens Choruss vocal ensemble. Schalchlin communed with Lennons legacy and created a 14-track song cycle that he says brings us to the realization that we have the power to effect change and that we are not alone in our desire and ability to do so. Imagine that. Hark, the gayest angels sing at 4 p.m. this Sunday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
Sun., April 10, 4 p.m., 2011