AFTERSHOCK is a small acapella ensemble within the GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES. Under the leadership of Executive Director & Producer Lou Spisto and Music Director & Conductor Ernest H. Harrison, the Chorus has continued to garner acclaim for artistic excellence while remaining deeply rooted in service to the Los Angeles community and beyond by promoting civil rights, tolerance and acceptance through music.
Founded in 1979 during the emergence of the gay rights movement, GMCLA has spread its message of love and acceptance with concerts across the globe and has raised its collective voice in the struggle for equality, social justice, the fight against the AIDS crisis, the fight for marriage equality and all those seeking to find their own voice. GMCLA’s free ticket program has provided access to concerts for thousands of low-income families over the decades, and research-based education programs have served over 85,000 young people throughout the Los Angeles region. In addition to a series of concerts at Alex Theater and Walt Disney Concert Hall,
GMCLA has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards with more than 7 million online views. The Chorus has toured internationally, and through its YouTube channel and streaming concerts has reached tens of thousands of fans all over the world. Critics have proclaimed the Chorus “inspired” and “expressive, innovative and utterly moving,” and hailed GMCLA for presenting “meaningful entertainment.”