By Todd Camp
Channeling some of the biggest ladies in pop music is not for the faint of heart, so it’s a good thing most of the fellas in Turtle Creek Chorale are no strangers to divas. The group’s season closer, Divas Gone . . . But Not Forgotten, serves up some of showbiz’s most scintillating songstresses, from Judy Garland to Whitney Houston. But bringing these larger-than-life broads to the Dallas City Performance Hall stage is a lot harder than it looks.
As with most Turtle Creek Chorale performances, the show first came together about two and a half months ago when, in a rare departure from standard practice in which the Artistic Director hand-picks each tune, the members themselves had a voice in the selections.
“We asked members to fill out cards and solicited input from the entire membership for this concert,” says Associate Conductor Sean Baugh.
Perhaps that’s why you’ll see often-unsung divas like Karen Carpenter or Amy Winehouse in the mix, alongside some of the more traditional female phenoms.
The show will feature more than 20 favorites such as Whitney Houston’s iconic “I Will Always Love You,” Etta James’ “At Last,” and Judy Garland’s “The Trolley Song.”
And it wouldn’t be a season finale without a little choreography amongst the vocal runs. That not only means some dance heavy lifting from the seasoned hoofers of Sound Bytes but also very deft footwork from the full chorus.
“When you have a room full of guys who range in age from 25 to 85, it’s kind of funny to watch that take shape,” says Baugh.
We’re certain Turtle Creek Chorale will “step up” to the occasion.