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    The Academy Legends Awards 2021

    Dr. Tim Seelig, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and a San Francisco Bay Times columnist, was inducted into The Academy’s Legends Archive during a ceremony on Friday, November 12, held at the Swedish American Hall. Memorabilia from Dr. Seelig’s career will be permanently installed in The Academy’s Legends Room, 2166 Market Street. The award was presented by Emmy Award-winning conductor Terrance Kelly of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. The event marked a pandemic era reunion for Seelig and Kelly, who are featured in the 2019 documentary Gay Chorus Deep South about the Chorus and Choir’s groundbreaking tour of the American South.

    Also honored were transgender activist Tita Aida, who received the Exemplar Award that was presented by Mercedez Munro; visual artist Leo Herrera, who received the Diane Jones Solidarity Award presented by Munro; and community organizer and nightlife expert Scott Peterson, who received the Architect Award presented by Miss Rahni Nothingmore.

    Hosts for the ceremony and program included Sister Roma and Bay Times columnists Donna Sachet and Liam Mayclem. The talented trio skillfully emceed the evening’s festivities.

    Performers included producer and noted pianist and vocalist Russell Deason, singer/songwriter Linda Stonestreet, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir members singing with Terrance Kelly, and educator and accomplished musician Melanie DeMore. One of many highlights of the event was her beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

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    Published on November 18, 2021