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Classical Pride: Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerilla

with ViiV Healthcare & GAY TIMES

Photo of Stephen Upshaw playing his viola in a darkly lit room

Classical Pride presents Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerilla, a free performance in the Level G foyer with an ensemble put together by violist Stephen Upshaw.

Heard here in an arrangement by US composer Jessie Montgomery, Gay Guerrilla is the last in Eastman’s deliberately provocative N***** Series of pieces from the late 1970s. Gay Guerrilla is an improvisatory, minimalist take on Martin Luther’s 16th-century hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, recast as a manifesto about being a gay, black man. As Eastman wrote, ‘What I am trying to achieve is to be what I am to the fullest – Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, and a homosexual to the fullest. It is important that I learn how to be, by that I mean accept everything about me.’

Classical Pride is non-profit, and net proceeds are donated to three important LGBTQ+ charities, Rainbow RailroadTerrence Higgins Trust and GAY TIMES' Amplifund.

Classical Pride is promoted by Ozero Arts, an arts production charity (registered charity no. 1155338) that undertakes ambitious artistic projects - conceiving, producing and raising money for bold ideas across live and recorded music.

 

The words Classical Pride in black text, with a purple full stop and a multicoloured swirl encasing the left side of the words.
ViiV Healthcare logo
The letters GT in white, against a black background.
The words Classic FM, with the F as a red lowercase f in the style of a forte dynamic marking
Black text saying HERE AT OUTERNET in capital letters, against a white background
Logo for London Symphony Orchestra
On two squares of different shades of blue are the words Supporting Terrence Higgins Trust
Rainbow Railroad logo
The word AMPLIFUND in black capital letters, against a white background
art'otel name in black text against a white background

Classical Pride with VIIV Healthcare and GAY TIMES is also generously supported by R. Martin Chavez, Lincoln Benet, David Kaskel & Chris Teano and Lord Donoughue.

Celebrate Pride with us

Don’t miss the much anticipated return of Classical Pride, our Queer 80s film season, and Soufiane Ababri's exhibition in The Curve.

Level G