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NCMC Community Partner for the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival

NCMC Community Partner for the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival

42nd Cleveland International Film Festival

We are pleased be a Community Partner at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival. This year we are sponsoring the film A Moment In the Reeds. Show dates are Friday, April 6 at 9:05 PM and Saturday, April 7 at 11:35 AM at Tower City Cinemas.

On holiday from his studies in Paris, Leevi returns to his family’s summer cottage in Finland to help his father, Jouko, with renovations. Jouko is a bitter man, unreconciled to his wife’s death and to his son’s sexuality. Hired worker Tareq, a Syrian refugee trying to forge a new life, also arrives. Jouko is suddenly called back to the city for business. Distrustful of foreigners he leaves Leevi to supervise, but things take an unexpected turn. A MOMENT IN THE REEDS unfolds like a summer flower. It drifts placidly along on a current of natural beauty and eroticism. As Leevi and Tareq share their hopes and their bodies, the film lets us intimately observe every lovely and telling moment. But Jouko may return at any time. If he discovers their relationship, his anger may shatter their sudden happiness. A MOMENT IN THE REEDS artfully reveals the clash of cultures and dreams that transpire during this summer idyll, one that will alter their lives forever. (In English and Finnish with subtitles) -C.R.

As a Community Partner, the North Coast Men’s Chorus is able to offer our members and patrons $2.00 off each ticket purchased for any movie or short subject being shown during the duration of the Film Festival. Your customized Discount Code for $2.00 off any ticket purchase is “NCMC”. Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling the Film Festival Box Office at 877-304-3456.

CIFF runs April 4 – 15 at Tower City Cinemas. Visit for the full schedule and details.

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NCMC Performs on Fox 8 News in the Morning

A group of singers from the North Coast Men’s Chorus performed during the Fox 8 in the Morning newscast on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. NCMC members performed the song “Why We Sing” as a tribute to those killed, injured and affected by the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando just a few days ago.

The Chorus also performed several selections to promote the upcoming Workin’ It concerts June 18  at 8 PM and June 19 at 3 PM at Cleveland State University’s Waetjen Auditorium.  Tickets for the concerts are $10-$35 and can be purchased online through Friday, and at the door prior to the performances.

NCMC Performs on Fox 8 News in the Morning2016-06-15T18:21:47+00:00

Join Us for Mardi Gras 2/6/2016!

We are pleased to announce our 7th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 6th, 2016, at Windows on the River from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The event will benefit the North Coast Men’s Chorus and its Youth Outreach Program. Honorees are the Western Reserve Historical Society Youth Entrepreneurship Education Program and Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School.
Come for this night of music, merriment and masquerade that has become a signature event of the city! The event combines a performance by the North Coast Men’s Chorus, directed by Artistic Director Richard Cole, superb Bourbon Street cuisine, a live and silent auction and a Mystery French Quarter Wall with a top prize of a $500 mystery item. Come swathed in your best mask to win top honors in our Spectacular Mask Contest! Plus, expect all the other traditions of Mardi Gras, including throwing beads, king cake and tossing coins!
Keep the heat of the winter going with some hot Louisiana-style fun! Get to Cleveland’s Windows on the River on Saturday February 6th for Mardi Gras 7! Admission, which includes dinner, is only $55 per person. Sponsorship opportunities for tables of 10 are also available! To make reservations visit the NCMC online store or call 216-556-0590.
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NCMC Performs for 20th Annual “Deck the House” benefit

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the North Coast Men’s Chorus had the privilege of performing at the 20th Annual “Deck the House” benefit auction.  This annual event raises money to support Providence House, a crisis nursery located in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.  This year’s event hosted nearly 1,000 Providence House supporters in the spacious City View Lounge of FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns.

NCMC has been the featured entertainment for this event for the past six years, helping Providence House supporters to get into the Christmas spirit and especially the spirit of giving.  This year, NCMC performed an hour of music from the past weekend’s sold-out NCMC Unwrapped concerts at PlayhouseSquare’s Hanna Theatre.  Attendees were treated to lush gospel, upbeat jazz, classic carols, and even dancing snowmen!  Natalie Leek-Nelson, President and CEO of Providence House thanked the Chorus for, “adopting the babies and children of Providence House as their own for so many years.”

Providence House is one of the nation’s longest operating crisis nurseries among the 70+ in operation in the US and Canada today offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis. More than a shelter for at-risk children, the agency offers holistic services for children and their families including education, mentoring, case management and aftercare focused on family preservation.


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Rich Cole Honored by City of Cleveland


NCMC is very proud that Rich Cole, our artistic director, was honored by The City of Cleveland and local members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community at the 7th Annual Heritage Day celebration. The event took place in the beautiful rotunda at Cleveland City Hall on Thursday, October 8, 2015. LGBTQA leaders contribute to the betterment of the LGBTQA community on a daily basis as ‘out’ members of the community. The list of winners this year were Bryan Jones (Community Advocacy), Rich Cole (Entertainment), Bob Bucklew (Health & Wellness), Tom Stebel (Public Service), Bob & Karen Gross (LGBT Ally), and Joe Cimperman (Elected Official). About forty-five NCMC members were able to attend the event to see Barbara Ragon, our executive director, present the award to Rich. NCMC member Marc Copfer started the evening out by singing the National Anthem. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.

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NCMC Joins L’Arche Cleveland on their CD

If you are looking for a great cause to support, look no further than L’Arche Cleveland and their “very Cleveland” holiday fundraiser. The organization is collaborating with Cleveland State University Music Therapy students, as well as community and school choral groups from throughout Cleveland to create a holiday CD. Performers include the Gesu Children’s Choir, the North Coast Men’s Chorus, the Temple Tifereth Israel, the Horns and Things Jazz Band, church choirs from St Agnes and St Raphael and John Adams, the famed Cleveland Indians Drummer! NCMC recorded their two tracks on Thursday evening for this exciting project!
“It is our belief that singing together creates a bond of closeness that no other activity can,” said Rebecca Brady, Community Leader. “The feeling of connection that comes from singing together with others goes hand in hand with our mission to help people with developmental disabilities share their gifts with others while building transforming community relationships.” CDs will be sold ($10) to help raise funds to support the residents of L’Arche Cleveland.
L’Arche Cleveland has four homes in which persons with developmental disabilities live and share their lives with assistants and volunteers. The L’Arche community will be the primary performers on the holiday CD project. All other collaborators will be local, as L’Arche wants to ensure the entire project reflects the gifts and talents of the Cleveland community.   The staff of L’Arche Cleveland asks anyone who is touched by the mission of the organization to please support this project by visiting the website to preorder their CD at and also share the project with others.
About L’Arche Cleveland
Founded in 1975, L’Arche Cleveland has four loving homes – one in Cleveland Heights, one in Maple Heights, and two in Cleveland near Shaker Square – in which “core members” (persons with developmental disabilities who are at the “core” of the community) live and share their lives with assistants and volunteers.

NCMC Joins L’Arche Cleveland on their CD2016-11-10T20:18:59+00:00

Free Coastliners Concert in Hudson – This SUNDAY, May 31

The Coastliners have been invited back to perform a concert as part of the Hudson Bandstand Summer Music Festival on Sunday, May 31 from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM at the Gazebo Green, 27 East Main Street, Hudson, OH 44236. Nearly 2 hours of Coastliner craziness and beautiful music, so bring your lawn chair or a blanket and spend a lovely evening in Hudson with the guys. Best part of the event – it’s FREE! (OK, Hudson does take up a free will offering during the evening, but it will still be cheap, fun entertainment that is great for the whole family.)

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Bunnies and Duckies and Bears – Oh My!

The North Coast Men’s Chorus participated in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony April 17th of Providence House’s Prentiss Wellness Nursery. This Wellness Nursery is safe place for children in crisis with medical needs and forms of developmental disabilities, whose parents maybe struggling to cope with their children’s medical care, possibly challenged with homeless or unsafe living conditions.  Providence House spoke to their appreciation, support and donation.


The pictures reflect what a wonderful gift we gave these children in crisis with medical needs. The goal of the Wellness Center is to provide needed services to at least 100 children within the first year of opening.  The North Coast Men’s Chorus presented these children with 100 stuffed animals to help them feel more comfortable and to provide them something to hold on to that will stay with them through their time in the Center.


The ceremony was hosted by Natalie Leek-Nelson and her staff, the Board represented by Duane Bishop, Jr., Board Chair and Vice President and COO of Forest City Enterprises. Sister Hope Greener, C.S.J. Providence House Founder, did the Opening Prayer and there were many members of the community present. Some of the speakers at the ceremony were Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive, Joe Cimperman, Ward 3 City Councilman. The closing of the ceremony with the ribbon cutting was with a blessing for the Wellness Nursery by Pastor Allen Harris, Franklin Circle Church who spoke of the children and what a blessing it was to serve our community in the care of these children.


NCMC will continue to support Providence House as we have in the past with “Deck the House” and in some of the Mardi Gras events raising funds to support their Mission. In the future the Chorus hopes to support an outdoor clean up and landscaping day.

Bunnies and Duckies and Bears – Oh My!2016-11-10T20:18:59+00:00