Lucas Bouk to Headline in ChamberQUEER’s Pride Festival

By Afton Wooten

ChamberQUEER will celebrate NYC’s Pride Week with its pride festival titled, “Part of The Future Is…” Events will take place on June 10 and 12 and be held at National Sawdust.

Both ChamberQUEER and National Sawdust strive to highlight historically underrepresented LGBTQ+ people in western classical music by collaborating with today’s queer artists.

The works to be presented are written, performed, and about members of the LGBTQ+ community. There will be instrumental performances, vocal selections, poems, and multimedia presentations.

Transgender baritone Lucas Bouk will perform Bea Goodwin and Rosśa Crean’s new work alongside ChamberQUEER’s founder Andrew Yee. Other operatic performers include male-soprano Eli McCormack, MaKayla McDonald, and Elizabeth van Os.

“Today, many states are passing legislation that erases trans people from our society and takes away our rights,” Bouk told OperaWire regarding why this performance meant so much to him. “We wanted to remind everyone who hears this piece that trans people have been an important part of American history for centuries.”