Gay Men’s Choir Ends Concert With Haunting Version of ‘Chow Down (At Chik-Fil-A)’
PHILADELPHIA – After an hour of performing creative and stirring interpretations from the Great American Songbook, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Concert Choir closed their annual June concert with a deeply haunting version of ‘Chow Down (At Chik-Fil-A)’ to a rapturous audience.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” said concertgoer Phyllis Booker. “When [soprano] Mark Stone took his solo, you could hear a pin drop.”
The choir extended the three minute viral video song into a 20-minute opus, including a briskly stirring four-and-a-half minute breakdown of the lyric “gobble up a waffle fry.”
“And then they went into rounds and just…” Booker said, before covering her trembling lips and asking for a moment.
When the choir finished on a complicated but seemingly effortless 14-part harmony, they were met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
“We were all hungry for more,” said Booker. “Hungry for singing and chicken sandwichs.”
The choir then followed ‘Chow Down (At Chik-Fil-A)’ with an encore medley of ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘Soccer Practice.”