"The Boys Choir of Harlem Saves Lives," is the phrase that welcomed members, including myself, to rehearsal each and every day. The expression was scrolled across a custom made flag positioned for all to see in the large rehearsal room where the Concert Choir (the performing division of the chorus) would meet to rehearse everything from J.S. Bach to Billy Strayhorn to Earth, Wind, and Fire.
This was in the New York of the late 1980s and early '90s, nothing like the nation's safest big city as we know it to be now. The boom of Disney theatrical mainstays had yet to find their way to Broadway. The Harlem of Starbucks, condominiums, and Magic Johnson Theaters was not even conceivable. Our...
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