For Immediate Release
Contact: Patrick Roehrenbeck
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus

CGMC’s Illuminati to sing at Shabbat Services.

COLUMBUS, January 10, 2012 — At Shabbat Services on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm,
Temple Beth Shalom will feature the Illuminati, a select ensemble of the Columbus’s Gay Men’s
Chorus (CGMC), to present music of the spirit. Enthused Rabbi Howard L. Apothaker, “We are so
thrilled to be the first Jewish congregation in Columbus to be privileged to welcome the Iluminati to
share their music with us.”

Illumanati Coodinator, David Tyhosky remarks that the purpose of the group’s participation in the
service is to “help broaden the message of love and inclusion [and] spread our vision and mission of
‘Voices Raised. Lives Changed.’”

Notes TBS Cantorial Soloist, Gail Rose, “The singers challenge congregations through the power of
music to reexamine the misconceptions they may have about Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transsexual
(GLBT) people and faith.” She adds that that Temple Beth Shalom, “as a welcoming and diverse
congregation, has a variety of affinity groups, including a GLBT group, ‘Twice Blessed Souls.’”

Formed in 1990, the parent CGMC has partnered with other organizations such as: CAPA, Opera
Columbus, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, The Columbus
Children’s Choir, Ballet Met, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. The Illuminati ensemble has
performed sacred music in various religious spaces throughout central Ohio and is expanding its
repertoire as it works within the religious communities of central Ohio.

During the social hour after the service, the Illuminati will perform additional musical selections. “We
are proud,” says TBS co-president, Miriam Siegfried, to partner with CGMC in this musical service
and invite the community to attend.”

For more information, contact Gail Rose, 614-855-4882 or

Formed in 1990, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus maintains the vision of its founding members to foster
increased recognition, understanding, and acceptance of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons. CGMC is a non-auditioned chorus open to all people regardless of vocal talent, musical abilities, race, gender, religion, age, physical abilities, sexual orientation or economic means. The members of CGMC are equally dedicated to performing vocal music of the highest quality for its audiences and to maintaining an atmosphere of camaraderie, support and respect for its diverse members. During each performance and public appearance, they seek to live their mission of “Voices Raised, Lives Changed.”

CGMC thanks its sponsors for making this season possible: Season supporters: The Columbus Foundation,
Greater Columbus Arts Council, Formation Studio, Level Dining Lounge, New York Life, Nth Degree, Ohio Arts
Council, SDG Security. Media partners: CD 102.5, Cue Magazine, Outlook Columbus, Time Warner Cable,
and WBNS-10TV.

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