Recognizing Efforts to Unite Communities

Three Dallas dignitaries who were presented the Turtle Creek Chorale‘s Peacemaker Award will be the honorary chairs of a special concert on June 16 at Temple Shalom in north Dallas.  The concert, hosted and produced by Temple Shalom, will kick-off the Chorale’s four-state Friendship Tour.

During their ANTHEMS concerts March 23-25, the Chorale honored the three with the first of these awards in recognition of the significant contribution each has made toward bringing unity and cooperation to all areas and all citizens of Dallas and North Texas.

WFAA Sportscaster Dale Hansen was selected for his candid comments during segments of his broadcasts pointing out injustice and calling attention to matters of concern to everyone.

Matrice Ellis-Kirk is the long-time chair of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the downtown Dallas Arts District and was honored for her passion toward issues of diversity and governance.

Dallas Mayor Michael W. Rawlings has long been a champion of the arts for the City of Dallas and has brought diverse communities together in arts appreciation and participation.  Under his leadership, Dallas has grown in international recognition for the importance of the arts in the city helping Dallas grow into a top destination for artists, young professionals, families and corporations.

“We are considerably grateful that the Chorale has been able to say thank you to these individuals,” says Bruce Jaster, Executive Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale.  “And we are doubly thankful that they’ve agreed to chair this special concert at Temple Shalom.”

Anchoring this concert and the Friendship Tour will be a new song cycle commissioned by the Chorale.  “Peacekeepers” is a collection of four original compositions that employ magnificent music and insightful lyrics to call attention to bonds that connect us rather than issues that divide us.

The Turtle Creek Chorale performance at Temple Shalom will occur on Saturday, June 16, beginning at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary of the synagogue at Hillcrest Road and Alpha Road just north of IH635 in Dallas.  Tickets for the performance are priced at $100 for VIP which includes a private reception, best seating and special parking along with a gift bag.  Seats in the premium seating area are $50 and general admission is $25.

Following this tour kick-off concert, the Chorale leaves on June 21 to perform in four cities.  On Thursday, June 21, they perform at 7:00 PM with the Council Oak Men’s Chorus at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Friday evening’s performance, June 22 at 7:00 PM, will be at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Concerts at the Clinton Library in Little Rock at 10:00 AM the next morning, Saturday, June 23, and at 7:00 PM at Second Presbyterian Church hosted by the River City Men’s Chorus in Little Rock round out that day.  The final day of the tour, Sunday, June 24, has the Chorale performing at 2:00 PM in the Brown Chapel at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport and at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler, Texas at 7:00 PM.  All tour concerts are free of charge.

Tickets for the Temple Shalom and tour performances are available through the Turtle Creek Chorale’s website – – or by calling the Chorale box office at 214.526.3214.

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