Contact: Keri Jadrovski
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2019
An Opportune Year For Local Chorus
Key of Q To Perform At International Choral Festival
KINGSTON, NY – Key of Q, a Kingston-based LGBTQ and allied a cappella chorus, is celebrating its fourth anniversary in 2020 with an ambitious slate of concerts, fundraisers, and community events leading up to its performance at the GALA Choruses Festival in Minneapolis in July.
Formed in January 2016, the nonprofit auditioned chorus started as a small group of eight singers showcasing their talent with a yearly concert or two. It has since expanded into a 34-member ensemble with a busy calendar of public and private performances throughout the Hudson Valley. “During the last four years, Key of Q has had the pleasure and excitement of performing for a wide variety of audiences and in many types of venues,” said Jim Fish, President and Co-Founder.
Most of Key of Q’s music reflects universal themes of equality, love, and identity in its many forms. The group is known for its challenging a cappella covers of well-known songs by such varied artists as Queen, Whitney Houston, The Beatles, and Radiohead, as well a music by indie songwriters such as Karla Kane, The VonTrapps, and Matt Pond. All of Key of Q’s concerts have a theme or a narrative-like progression of songs and spoken word that explore common experiences and challenges in the LGBTQ community, such as self-acceptance, the meaning of “Home,” chosen family, pride and protest, and belonging. The chorus has attracted a diverse and loyal fanbase; recent Facebook reviews exclaim that Key of Q is “a lovely and talented group,” “great for booking any occasion,” and “a community asset.”
This summer, Key of Q will represent the Hudson Valley at The GALA Festival in Minneapolis. The quadrennial event brings together 6000 singers from over 100 LGBTQ choruses from around the world for five days of performances, workshops, and community-building. “The chance to sing at GALA and connect with groups like ours from all over the country and beyond is something we simply cannot pass up. We have been focusing all our efforts, musically and financially, to make this exciting trip halfway across the country to sing our hearts out,” Mr. Fish said.
Key of Q is launching a major fundraising campaign for their 2019/2020 season in the hopes of providing financial support to members who want to attend the festival. So far, they have raised enough money to cover the registration fees for the 30 singers who plan to attend. Proceeds from upcoming performances, including a holiday concert and fundraiser at the Arts Society of Kingston on December 21st, will be used to help offset travel costs. “We’re hoping that all the musical goodwill we’ve shared with others over the years from free concerts, singing at other groups’ events, helping to raise funds and awareness for causes like mental health and multiple sclerosis, and even our spontaneous flash-mobs will come back to us in the form of donations for GALA. It would mean so much to us and would allow us to keep doing what we’re doing!” said Keri Jadrovski, Vice President and Co-Founder.
Key of Q accepts donations on its website (keyofq.org) and its Facebook page; donations are tax-deductible. Other information, including a performance calendar and audition information can also be found on the website and Facebook.
Key of Q is a Kingston-based auditioned 30-member group of LGBTQ and allied singers who travel from all corners of the Hudson Valley to blend their voices and perform beautiful a cappella music together. Formed at the beginning of 2016, the chorus focuses on contemporary pop and indie music in four (or more)-part harmony. Common themes within its repertoire include equality, love, and celebration of identity in its many forms. The group performs at least two concerts per year as well as various public and private events. Key of Q’s singers have been known to break out into song wherever and whenever they hang out together.