Harmony, A Musical Gala Benefiting the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus

Affirmation Arts is excited to announce that it will be hosting the annual gala benefiting the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM. There will be a VIP Champagne Reception at 6:00 PM. The evening stars Carolee Carmello and features Ms. Ermine Muff and DJ Bill Coleman, as well as performances by both choruses.

Tickets: $175 General Admission | $750 Group of Five | $275 for VIP Admission | $1,250 VIP Group of Five. Admission includes Hors d'oeuvres, Open Bar and Performances. VIP admission also includes Champagne Reception, Meet & Greet with Ms. Carmello and Reserved Seating for the Main Performance.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 212-344-1777 x 1.

Carolee Carmello has played leading roles in 12 Broadway musicals, including her recent Tony- nominated performance in Scandalous, where she portrayed the infamous evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson. Broadway audiences also saw Carolee as Mother Superior in Sister Act, as Mrs. Beineke in The Addams Family (for which she received a Drama Desk nomination and an Outer Critics Circle nomination), as Donna in Mamma Mia!, as Gabrielle in Lestat (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), as Ms. Pennywise in Urinetown, as Kate in Kiss Me Kate, as Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel, as Lucille Frank in Parade (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award), as AbiGail Adams in 1776, as Cordelia in Falsettos, and as Oolie in City of Angels. Her Off-Broadway shows include: john and jen, Das Barbecu?, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Hello Again (Obie Award), A Class Act, The Vagina Monologues, and Elegies. Ms. Carmello has been seen on television in "Smash," "Law and Order," "Frasier," "Ed," and "Remember W.E.N.N." (SAG Award nomination). Her concert appearances have taken her across America and Europe, including engagements at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Big Apple Performing Arts is the non-profit management company for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. With over thirty years of history, innovative programs, and service to the LGBT community, Big Apple Performing Arts is renowned for producing legendary performances, commissioning new works, and taking a leading role in the movement for social justice. From Carnegie Hall to City Hall, from the advent of AIDS to the struggle for marriage equality, the choruses of BAPA have been at the vanguard within the New York City community since 1980.

New York City Gay Men's Chorus comprises of 250 voices. They have appeared in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the other world-class venues of New York City. Affirming their world-class status is a roster of classical and contemporary artists who have graced the stages with the Chorus: Marilyn Horne, Roberta Peters, Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim, Barbara Cook, Carol Channing, Jerry Herman, Eartha Kitt, Joel Grey - to name just a few. For more information visit the New York City Gay Men's Chorus website at:

Youth Pride Chorus provides lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth and their allies with opportunities to develop artistic excellence and leadership skills and engages young people in the movement for social change through the use of their individual and collective voices and through their visibility as a performance group. Formed in 2001 as a joint project of the NYCGMC and the Youth Enrichment Services Program of New York's LGBT Center, it is the first LGBT youth chorus in the US to be sponsored by an adult chorus. YPC comprises over 40 singers and performs two concerts per year, as well as additional outreach to the community, such as its recent. performances for Planned Parenthood of Bucks County, Time Warner, and at the New York City Council Speaker's annual Pride Celebration. For more information visit the Youth Pride Chorus website at: