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Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Biography
Launched in 2008, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony™ (BARS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identified (LGBTQ) musicians and composers toward the goal of broad crossover appeal and excellence in the performing arts. BARS is synonymous with excellence and distinction in the performing arts and community building.
Artistic Excellence | BARS' artistic endeavors ensure its place as an influential force in shaping the next generation of LGBTQ artists and classical enthusiasts and their ability to change perceptions of LGBTQ people. Our dynamic and eclectic programming reflects the LGBTQ community's passion for entertaining and relevant music.
Community | The power of our mission lies in the power of possibility and community... our goal is to inspire our members to excel and achieve their artistic goals with confidence, pride and creativity. Our LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist series educates a broad community and provides access to queer-themed and queer-made programming while strengthening the core of the LGBTQ community and building bridges to the mainstream.
Visibility | BARS is more than classical performance; it's a movement for confidence, visibility and the tenacity to overcome the stigma that LGBTQ arts lack broad appeal. By creating an artistic community striving for both inclusivity and artistic excellence, BARS is becoming an intersection for LGBTQ artists to connect with each other and a wide-range of audiences.
Confident. Classic. Beautiful. This is BARS.