Atlanta Freedom Bands will mark a half century of activism, acceptance, and advancement at its “Stonewall 50 Celebration”. The evening begins with a “Stonewall Stories – From Christopher Street to Peachtree Street” panel of speakers discussing the history and influence of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising on the LGBTQ+ community at large and here in Atlanta. Then AFB’s 70-piece Concert Band will take the stage with powerful music from LGBTQ composers, including two world premieres, two Atlanta premieres, and several exciting pieces. The emcee for the evening will be the fabulous Miss Priscilla Buffet.
The concert features music that speaks to the different facets and influences of the Stonewall Uprising, including the Atlanta premiere of a new work by Omar Thomas composed in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, one of the leaders during the first night of the uprising. AFB will welcome a special guest conductor to the podium, Justin Raines, Artistic Director of the Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles. He will conduct a new work he has written just for the occasion that reflects on the influence over Stonewall on the last fifty years.