One day in 2011, Tim Seelig, the artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, emailed me and asked me to write a five-minute piece about Harvey Milk for the chorus. I said, "I don't want to write a five-minute piece." Dramatic pause. "I want to write a 60-minute piece."
When Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz received an email from the S.F. Gay Men's Chorus asking permission to perform a concert entirely of his work, the wheels started turning. He made the decision to compose an original piece for the show.