Thorgy Thor, the violin playing queen from Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, recently accomplished the long-held dream of performing for a professional orchestra in drag this past Friday and Saturday. Thorgy Thor performed for Symphony Novia Scotia in a sold-out performance at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, Canada. The drag performer hopes to hold a Thorgy Thor orchestra (or Thorchestra) in other world cities through his life.
Not only did the self-proclaimed “queen of classical music” perform music from gay pop icons Lady Gaga and Madonna, but Thorgy also reportedly performed classics from gay Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (best known for composing The Nutcracker and Swan Lake).
After Thorgy Thor completed his two performances, he held a meet-and-greet with fans and excitedly proclaimed his hopes to perform similar concerts in every major world city.
The symphony’s conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser reportedly reached out to Thorgy after learning about his classical music chops. Bartholomew-Poyser says, “As a member of the LGBTQ community, I’ll use whatever I can to create queer-friendly spaces.”
He continues, “There are so many people who aren’t welcome in their homes, churches or their jobs — but they are welcome at my concert.”
In a tweet thanking the Symphony Novia Scotia and its conductor, Thorgy wrote, “Bravo to
@symphonyns — the first ever thorchestra. Thank you to Daniel for your finesse and hard work. What an honor working with these fine musicians.”
Thorgy admits the process was an emotional experience. “I am so humbled and have even cried while practicing for this,” he says. “It means so much to me to combine my two selves and have so much interest from the public.”
Thorgy continues, “It feels good to bring everyone together under [one] roof. I’m hoping the younger generation of artistically inclined and queer-identifying kids feel inspired by me and say to themselves ‘I, too, can be a man in a wig playing violin onstage.'”