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The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus will unveil a new original film for the national “It Gets Better” project at a benefit event for IndyChoruses on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1202 Central Ave.

Admission is $45. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online at www.indychoruses.org or by calling (317) 855-8706 to request a mail order form.

The film is the result of a collaboration between the Men’s Chorus and members of several local groups which came together last Nov. 16, for a stirring musical performance at the University of Indianapolis, an event that was made possible by the University’s Diversity Series.

That evening, the Men’s Chorus, along with singers from local church and university choirs and joined by a volunteer chamber orchestra, performed and recorded “The Promise of Living” from Aaron Copland’s opera, “The Tender Land.” The opera tells the story of a Midwestern high school student’s graduation and leaving home to begin her adult life. The lyrics of the piece evoke the power of a community coming together around a common purpose.

The event is the first fundraiser for IndyChoruses. After the event, the video will be released nationally and available on You Tube and the “It Gets Better” website.

The Men’s Chorus and its partner organization, the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus, together form IndyChoruses, which has strengthened the spirit of pride and inspired equality and justice through the transformative power of music. Both groups are members of the national Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses.

The “It Gets Better” project is a national campaign to provide hope for a better future for bullied gay and lesbian teens, and to encourage people to speak out against hate and intolerance.

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