New Jersey Symphony to spotlight Pride Month, June 13-18

Posted on: June 11, 2021

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has planned multiple events for its June 13-18 virtual celebration of Pride Month featuring discussions and performances of music by LGBTQ+ composers. Drag queen/entertainer Harmonica Sunbeam, known for her Hudson County non-profit “Drag Queen Story Hour,” will serve as host. On June 14, NJSO flutist and piccolo player Kathleen Nester will speak with composer Laura Kaminsky about As One, Kaminsky’s opera exploring a gender transition. A free Zoom event on June 17 presented in partnership with SAGE, a national advocacy and service organization for LGBT elders, will feature a conversation with NJSO President and CEO Gabriel van Aalst; Christian Appel, SAGE’s arts and culture program coordinator; and NJSO violist David Blinn, followed by musical performances featuring notable LGBTQ+ composers and artists. The celebration will conclude on June 18 with a performance of “I’ll Cover You” from Jonathan Larson’s Rent, presented in collaboration with New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. For more information and to register for the event, click here https://www.njsymphony.org/events/detail/njso-pride-celebration.