For 25 years now, VOICES of Kentuckiana has provided a safe outlet for the LGBTQ community to sing together and share their music, and the group is celebrating this momentous milestone with a concert on Sunday, April 14, titled “We Belong Together — Changing Hearts” at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
The event also will highlight three local community organizations that help bring positive change to the lives of people in Louisville and will serve as the final concert of Artistic and Managing Director Jeff Buhrman, who is retiring after five years in the role.
The organizations were chosen based on recommendations from members of the chorus, and each will get a chance to talk about the work they do at Sunday’s event. The nonprofits chosen were the Center for Women and Families, the University of Louisville LGBTQ Center, and Kentucky Refugees Ministry.
Insider caught up with Buhrman before Sunday’s big show to find out more about the concert and his future plans. He says every song in “We Belong Together” relates in some way to VOICES and/or the organizations they are celebrating.
“They are songs of hope, joy and empowerment,” he adds.
Before Buhrman landed at VOICES, he served as the artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., for 15 years, and before that was a high school choral director and counselor. He says after 45 years of teaching music, he’s ready to step back and see where life leads.
He and his husband, Roger, are planning to relocate to Rehoboth Beach, Del., which will be like returning home for Buhrman because of the 30 years he spent in nearby D.C.
Buhrman hopes Sunday’s concert moves the audience even more because it is so special to him and the members of VOICES.
“I feel a connection with every song … I’m guessing that a great deal of sentiment will flow through me throughout the concert,” he says. “VOICES is filled with a lot of loving, giving people. These songs are also a reflection on them.”
VOICES’ “We Belong Together — Changing Hearts” will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the Kentucky Center. Tickets are $20, or $15 for students and seniors.
The organization is in the midst of a nationwide search for a new artistic and managing director.