The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus (SGMC) has been an institution in SacTown for almost four decades. I’ve been a fan for almost one of them…although, honestly, my fandom has ebbed and flowed over the years.

Sometimes, their shows are on point. At other times, the G that stands for “gay” in SGMC should absolutely be a capital one. Don’t get me wrong: I’m as gay as the next 10% of the population…well, kinda…but you know what I mean. Sometimes, SGMC’s performances are WAY over the rainbow.

This is not one of those years. SGMC’s annual Christmas show, Holiday Hits! With a Splash of Sass! , strikes all of the right notes, literally and figuratively.

Billed as a vintage radio broadcast, Holiday Hits! gets the audience involved from the outset, and the resulting two hour-ish concert is a lot of fun.

The first act’s highlights included the opening “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” the fitting “Recycle The Fruitcake,” the hysterical “12 Days Of Christmas / Africa,” the original “Dear December,” and the riotous “Hallelujah Chorus,” performed by the Silent Monks.

Yup, the Silent Monks. You literally have to see it to believe it!

The show’s second act’s highlights were a little fewer and father between, but included the stirring “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and a hell of a closing trio in “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear.” After a very well-deserved standing ovation, the SGMC delivered a Mariah Carey-worthy version of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” that left the capacity crowd dancing out of the door.

Mimi would have been proud. A Splash Of Sass, indeed!

Sacramento is very lucky to have such a phenomenal, community-based chorus that is so capable of ringing in the holiday season. I’m already looking forward to next year’s show.

But if you want to catch SGMC this year, you’ve got just one chance left: their final show of the season is Tuesday, December 10th, at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street in Sacramento. For tickets or more info, go to

Published by Michael P Coleman

Freelance writer. I used to talk to strangers and get punished. Now I talk to strangers and get published.

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