Friday July 07, 2017
How the Queer Songbook orchestra brings voice to LGBTQ experiences
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The Queer Songbook Orchestra wants to change the way you think about pop music. They're a 12-piece Toronto-based chamber ensemble, but a night at a QSO show is unlike any other symphonic soirée.
The QSO covers pop hits from the last 100 years, and they're all about building an archive of music and stories that relate to the LGBTQ experience.
Shaun Brodie, the artistic director behind the QSO and who founded the orchestra in 2014, talks to q about how he started the QSO to shine a light on the ways that music can connect the LGBTQ communities. In addition to Brodie, three QSO collaborators who have contributed stories for QSO performances over the past three years tell stories about songs that have been particularly meaningful to them.
— Produced by Cora Nijhawan