by Capital City Men's Chorus

May. 18 - May. 19


In celebration of its 30th year, the Capital City Men’s Chorus will present an uplifting new musical, UNBREAKABLE, which tells the stories and struggles of more than a century of American LGBTQ history, May 18 & 19, 2019 at Bates Recital Hall.


Written by renowned composer Andrew Lippa, the epic choral work presents a historical arc to the stories of LGBTQ people over the last 12 decades, illuminated by four characters: Jane Addams, the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 and an open lesbian activist; Lem Billings, JFK's best friend, a closeted gay man seated at the side of the most powerful man on Earth; Sylvia Rivera and the transgender community she nurtured; and AIDS and its impact on a generation.


“To be Unbreakable means you are made of something strong,” the Tony and Grammy nominated composer said. “Our gay community is made of that kind of strength. Throw your worst at us: misguided law; disease; derision; dismissal. We will always rise. We will always hold hands and remind you we are, and always have been, Unbreakable.”


Unbreakable was commissioned by the Capital City Men’s Chorus in conjunction with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Lippa, whose Broadway credits include Big Fish and The Addams Family, will perform with the chorus for the show’s run in Austin, which will be only the fourth live performance of the work.


Tickets for the two performances of Unbreakable at the University of Texas Bates Recital Hall are available at www.CCMCAustin.org. Prices start at $30.


Capital City Men’s Chorus: Inspired by a 1986 visit to Austin by The Names Project, the Capital City Men’s Chorus has grown from an initial 16 members to more than 100 gay men and their allies raising their voices in song to change minds, transform lives, and build community. In addition to playing throughout Austin, the chorus has performed in Houston, Fort Worth, Denver, Montreal and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Guest artists include Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Rose Taylor, Austin’s cabaret legend Karen Kuykendall, Austin baritone Brett Barnes, members of the Austin Lyric Opera, the Austin Civic Orchestra and others. The Chorus has recorded and released three CDs, performed several times on television and has provided music for such diverse events as the inauguration of Governor Ann Richards, comedienne Margaret Cho’s “Cho Dependent” show, Round Rock Express baseball games, and the Geek Bowl Trivia contest. Currently helmed by Artistic Director Dr. Daniel Arredondo, the Capital City Men’s Chorus is the longest operating men’s chorus in Central Texas.

by Andrew Lippa
Capital City Men's Chorus

May 18 - May 19, 2019
Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman Drive
Butler School of Music, University of Texas
Austin, TX, 78712

UNBREAKABLE, the CCMC 30th Anniversary Spring Show

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 4:00 pm

Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas
2406 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX 78712

Tickets $20 - $50 plus service fees; additional donations accepted. Get tickets online via