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Photos from "Songs of Flight"
Facebook Album, March 31, 2012
"Songs of Flight," the first concert of the Alamo City Men's Chorale's 25th season, was presented tonight at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. The music on the program was thematically centered around the concept of flight. The highlight of the concert was "Requiem for Eagles," a new work by ACMC Artistic Director Dr. David Lingle, which is inspired by the spirits of all from whom flight had been taken.

Men's chorale may disband after next concert
QSanAntonio.com, March 11, 2012

QSanAntonio has learned that members of the Alamo City Men's Chorale may vote to disband the group after its next concert on March 24 and 25.

In an email to QSanAntonio, Paul Powell, ACMC's board treasurer confirmed that, "The board of the ACMC, after reviewing the level of contributions to the chorale over the last year and the ongoing level of community support, have concluded that it is not financially feasible to continue the chorale."

Powell goes on to explain that the group has "enough commitments" from ACMC members to cover only the basic necessities in order to continue to operate through the spring concert. However, once the concert has been presented, the board will hold a membership vote to disband the chorale and declare insolvency, Powell said.

Tom Simmons, who in 1986 with David Hawley, his boyfriend at the time, helped establish the chorale, told QSanAntonio he is saddened by the news. As an ex-officio board member, Simmons has for the past 25 years remained a loyal supporter who frequently stepped in with monetary contributions and worked behind the scenes helping set up venues before and after concert presentations.

Over the years, Simmons also has underwritten the cost of video recording many of ACMC's concerts and financed the pressing of CDs.

"Artistically the group is doing very well," says Simmons. He cites, "Requiem for Eagles," a new choral work by ACMC's artistic director, Dr. David Lingle, as an example of the group's continuing efforts to present quality musical performances. Dr. Lingle's new work will be premiered during ACMC's March concert. (See related story below.)

ACMC receives funding support from the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs but that grant only covers about a third of the money needed to keep the chorale afloat says Simmons.

Poor concert attendance and a lack of contributions from the community have taken their toll on the chorale's finances.

Also hampering growth has been a tax bill that was made public after the Internal Revenue Service published notices of a lien against ACMC in the San Antonio Business Journal. The arrears represent employment taxes that remain uncollected.

Powell says the decision to disband could be reversed if ACMC can raise $20,000 in the next 30 days. "However, we just don't see that happening," he says. "We cannot in good faith employ staff and have ongoing financial responsibilities without the confidence that we can meet those commitments."

Simmons says he is hoping the community will come together to give ACMC a rousing farewell by attending what he feels will be its last concert.

The Alamo City Men's Chorale presents "Songs Of Flight" on Saturday evening, March 24 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7150 West Interstate 10 in San Antonio. Call 210-495.7464 or email director@acmc-texas.org for more information.

ACMC's 'Songs of Flight' to include premier of new 'Requiem'
QSanAntonio, March 10, 2012

When the Alamo City Men's Chorale presents its upcoming concert 'Songs of Flight,' the performance will include the premier of "Requiem for Eagles," a new choral work composed by the group's artistic director, Dr. David Lingle, who says he created the new opus expressly for male voices and with the particular strengths of ACMC's singers in mind.

"Songs of Flight," the first concert of ACMC's 25th season, will be presented on March 24 and 25 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. The music on the program is thematically centered around the concept of flight with selections ranging from whimsical songs about butterflies and paper airplanes to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, “The Arrow and the Song.”

The highlight of the concert will be Dr. Lingle's "Requiem for Eagles," a work inspired by the spirits of all from whom flight had been taken, both literally and figuratively. Through this work, using the initial imagery of slain eagles, Lingle says the Requiem aspires to hold in memory all those who have bravely lost their lives during our generation.

"Requiem for Eagles" incorporates several elements including the American folk hymn, The Lone Wild Bird, readings of original news articles about slain eagles and recitation of the names of fallen San Antonio soldiers. Lingle says the inspiration for the structure of the work comes from the iconic setting of the Requiem by Gabriel Faure which includes the interjection of English texts in the manner of Benjamin Britten and John Rutter.

Lingle’s background is grounded in choral music with degrees in choral conducting, music theory and composition, and choral and voice. He has taught at schools throughout the Midwest, conducted the Tulsa Community College Choral Festival, Tulsa Philharmonic and the Tulsa Bach Chorale and Orchestra. His composition, "A Service of Light," was presented on the ABC Television Network.

Lingle has been ACMC's artistic director since 2009. He is a native of Northern Wisconsin. Before coming to ACMC, he was artistic director of the Telluride (Colorado) Choral Society.

The Alamo City Men's Chorale gave its first public concert in December 1986. The group’s founder, David Hawley, got the idea of starting a men’s chorale after a visit to Boston where he went to a performance by that city’s gay men’s chorus.

Chorale members at the first concert recall that enthusiasm was high but cash was in short supply. At the time there was not enough money for tuxedo’s so they made all of the cummerbunds and bow ties by hand. Five minutes before the show they realized that none of them knew how to tie a bow tie.

The Alamo City Men's Chorale presents "Songs Of Flight" on Saturday evening, March 24 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7150 West Interstate 10 in San Antonio. Call 210-495.7464 or email director@acmc-texas.org for more information.