Maria Guest Performs with GMCLA'S "Oye Mi Canto

The Gay Men's Choir of Los Angeles (GMCLA) has for over 37 years built an international reputation for musical excellence while remaining deeply rooted in service to the Los Angeles community. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the last important links to a glorious tradition in music,” GMCLA has over 250 singers, has toured nationally and internationally, has released fifteen CDs, has commissioned more than 300 new works and arrangements, and has appeared frequently on national television.

In light of the recent disturbing events in Orlando, GMCLA dedicated their summer concert, Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Song), to the lives that were tragically lost and the voices that will no longer be heard.


Oye Mi Canto featured the driving rhythms and captivating melodies from the island nation and inspired passion in hearts around the world. Audiences enjoyed the rich sounds of the salsa, mambo, and Afro-Cuban jazz in a truly historic performance.


Maria performed with Oye Mi Canto and brought her Afro-Cuban dances and traditions to the stage. Maria says, "It was my honor and pleasure to be part of such an amazing show and to have the opportunity to work with GMCLA at such a critical time."

GMCLA is helping to break down barriers for LGBT people in Cuba, amplifying the voice of equality and proudly showcasing the amazing talents of Mano A Mano, Cuba’s Gay Men’s Chorus, here in the US.

Oye Mi Canto featured a special commission: a poem by Cuban American poet Richard Blanco set to music. Blanco was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person, and the youngest person to be the US inaugural poet, having read for Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

Oye Mi Canto was much more than a concert; it was a month of celebrating everything that makes Cuba and Latin America caliente!

Photo Rich Meyers

Photos Rich Meyers

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