Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon will be honored by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at the annual Crescendo Gala on April 27 at the Fairmont Hotel.
Chenoweth (Wicked, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown) will receive the Vanguard Award for her work as “a pioneer for human rights, supporting LGBTQ equality issues, and giving back to the community in countless ways.” Chenoweth starred in Andrew Lippa’s historic oratorio I Am Harvey Milk, which had its world premiere with SFGMC in 2013. The oratorio received its New York City premiere in 2014.
“God gave me a voice powerful enough to show the world how important it is to love each other,” Chenoweth said. “Music unifies us, art brings us together, and that’s a fact. I have fought for this community, and this Vanguard Award will only strengthen me for battle as I continue to fight because I’m not stopping anytime soon. No matter your gender, no matter who you love, no matter what color of the rainbow you are, love is love is love is love.”
Rippon is the recipient of the 2019 Trailblazer Award for using his platform to “speak out in support of LGBTQ rights and the freedom to be oneself.” Meanwhile, software company Zendesk will receive this year’s Corporate Champion Award for their commitment to LGBTQ global equality.
For tickets to the Crescendo Gala, visit SFGMC.org.