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Carpe Diem

By Russ Weeks, Singing Member

We descend three flights of stairs like marching soldiers drenched in solid black and palpable anticipation. Voices silent and minds stilled, the cacophonous sound of our black dress shoes on the metal steps echoes throughout the stairwell and fills me with adrenaline. The past year of preparation scatters in my mind like Polaroids, and I feel overwhelmed in this culminating moment.

Almost a year ago, we began working on songs for GALA Chorus Festival — a five day event in Denver where over 150 choruses from around the world come together to perform, listen, and appreciate choral music. Our artistic director, Sean Baugh, hand-picked songs dealing with life and death and seizing the day. Our set was aptly entitled, Carpe Diem: Songs of Life and Death and included “The Music of Living,” “Requiem,” “I Love You/What a Wonderful World,” “The Sound of Silence,” “No Time,” and “Angels Calling.”

I fell in love with the sounds and words of each of these songs. As GALA neared, I could have grown tired of them, but I came to love them even more. The theme of living life to the fullest resonated with me, and the lyrics and melodies of these songs were gently etched on my heart.

Each Tuesday night at rehearsal, I had the honor and privilege of singing with Turtle Creek Chorale brothers I cared about, adding meaning to our Carpe Diem set.

On June 12, 2016, (three-and-a-half weeks before our GALA performance) forty-nine innocent people were brutally murdered at PULSE, a gay dance club in Orlando, Florida.

And just like that, Carpe Diem: Songs About Life and Death became much more than a set of songs for GALA.

I read Stacy Horn’s Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others a few years ago, and singing with the chorale constantly reminds me of her words: “In times of sorrow (and celebration) there are two other things to believe in: music and each other” (18).

The PULSE shooting took place in the two o’clock hour on a Sunday morning. About sixty-five hours later, we (the Turtle Creek Chorale) were waiting to go onstage to sing a concert for healing for Orlando and our community. We were ready to sing all of the songs from our GALA set but had not planned on this dress rehearsal. While the shooting had diminished our spirits, this performance, and the audience’s gracious, loving response fueled our souls and our songs with emotion, passion, and healing energy.

That’s what music does, and it’s not just the performers. It is a multi-layered, magical union between the performers on stage with each other, their conductor, and the audience.

Fast forward back to GALA festival, where choruses from all over the world — including Beijing, Germany, and yes, Orlando — to name a few, performed. The Orlando chorus wept openly in response to the audience’s reaction during their poignant, life-changing set. Grief, healing, and gratitude overflowed in the hall.

Wednesday, July 6, at two o’clock in the afternoon, we descend the stairs, ready to sing.

We wait in the wings, sharing silent smiles of brotherhood and sneaking last minute hand-squeezes.

We walk onto the stage in unison and instinctively turn to face our conductor. From the first downbeat, we are in synch. Sean’s conducting is more gently precise than ever, and we are hanging on his every move. Crystalline sound permeates Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Darkness shrouds the audience, so we can barely see them, but we can feel them. After each song, the audience erupts in applause, and we receive several standing ovations throughout the set. I have never felt more connected to the singers around me, the conductor in front of me, and the packed audience from floor to ceiling. The moment is enveloped in the music of living.

As our set concludes and the final note echoes throughout the hall, we exit the stage and walk into the lobby. The audience greets us with applause and tears. A woman stands to my right, looks me in the eyes with tears flowing out of hers and whispers, “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” I whisper right back to her and look up, continuing to whisper, “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you,” in my mind.

I make a conscious effort to embrace this feeling — this music of experience, this indescribable meaning ricocheting around and within me — and I am longing to write it all down.

 

“I’m one day poorer, another day singler, and we’re all going to die, but together with all these people I have raised my voice and once more I have come with joy.” — Stacy Horn

 

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UnSUNG Heroes

By Russ Weeks, Singing Member

When I found out the programming for our latest Turtle Creek Chorale concert, I have to admit, I was not exactly thrilled. Part of the show would consist of songs dedicated to local community “hero” organizations, which is lovely, songs including Katy Perry’s “Firework” and one of my personal favorites — “Beautiful City” — from Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell.

The second half of the concert would consist of Tyler’s Suite, a movement of music Turtle Creek Chorale co-commissioned with several other GALA choruses throughout the nation. Tyler’s Suite is an original group of songs honoring the life of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who lost his life to suicide in September of 2010. His is not my story to tell, but he was a wonderfully creative, talented gay man who was just starting to come out of the closet and to grow into an amazing, uniquely beautiful human being. His roommate secretly videoed him being intimate with another man and posted it online for the world to see. There is so much more to Tyler than this, and you can read more about Tyler’s life, wonders, and accomplishments at http://www.tylerclementi.org/tylers-story.

I was hesitant to embrace a group of challenging, unknown songs, that might take me to dark places. I was afraid it would remind me of loved ones I’d known who had lost the will to live and chosen to end it all. I was even more afraid to look in the mirror and see the little boy who could not reconcile who he was with a world and a God that didn’t fit and had those thoughts himself.

I was scared this music would break my heart.

And it has.

But this beautiful music has an important story to tell. Sometimes our hearts need to break a little bit to become stronger and share in the collected humanity of living. Acknowledging the darkness can even help us create and experience light, and that’s what we are doing by singing this music.

I love to read words that change me, that make me better, and add meaning to who I am. There are several texts in this program that have done that for me. If you haven’t discovered it by now, Sean Baugh, our artistic director, is a programming genius.

There is a line in Katy Perry’s “Firework” that is the bottom line for me. “You don’t have to feel like a wasted space.  You’re original, cannot be replaced. If you only knew what the future holds: after a hurricane comes a rainbow.” It might seem simple, but there is beautiful truth in those words. I wish every child (or human being for that matter) who struggles alone in the dark could understand and believe that there is a sliver of rainbow light on the other side of the door waiting after the hurricane.

Another song not from Tyler’s Suite is Ragtime’s “Make them Hear You.” The song opens with, “Go out and tell our story, let it echo far and wide. Make them hear you, make them hear you. How justice was our battle and how justice was denied. Make them hear you, make them hear you.” That song resonates with me on many levels, but I feel like we are Tyler’s collective voice in this concert. He is no longer here, so we are singing for him, so he can be a hero, too. Tyler is our hero.

You need to come to the show to experience the magic of Tyler’s Suite, but there are a few lines that really strike me. The first time we sang “A Wish” it blew me away. It is a beautiful song about longing for the simplicity of childhood from Tyler’s perspective. When we finished singing through it the first time, I looked up and realized several of the guys in the chorus were weeping. “I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight, I wish I were a child again when everything was simple.” I had the opposite experience as Tyler. When I was a child, I suffered from depression and felt the weight of the world was too much. When I went off to college, I felt liberated and loved unconditionally by an amazing group of friends. I was able to grow into my true authentic self. Tyler never got that opportunity.

Suicide is, for me, the most unimaginable and devastating of human endings. I started having panic attacks my senior year of college when my cousin committed suicide. I was on my way to my aunt’s birthday just a few years ago when I heard of Robin William’s suicide. I had to turn around and go back home because I had a panic attack. I don’t know what the answer is to the epidemic of suicide. We cannot know what goes on in the minds and hearts of others, but I think that for those who choose to end it, there is a switch that is flipped, and they cannot get it to turn back on. Whether they have been bullied or just feel trapped in that darkness, none of  us know. I do know that it’s an issue that never seems to go away, and we all need to do our part to help.

I want to emphasize that this is NOT going to be a depressing concert. It is a hopeful show celebrating heroes, one of which is Tyler Clementi.

My favorite line in Tyler’s Suite says, “Go back for those who trail behind, give a hand to those who fall. Stop to help the one out on the edge, carry those who can’t go on.” So this is our way of helping and celebrating Tyler. We go into the darkness and hold his hand, and we carry him in our voices, and we will share it with the world. If Tyler can’t, we will, so he becomes our hero, and maybe we get the chance to be heroes ourselves, singing the songs that Tyler never got to sing. “There are songs you haven’t heard and music yet to play. I have melodies to sing, and words I long to say. How I want to play my song where arms are open wide in a place where I belong, a world that’s large and kind…”

One of my favorite songs of all time is Godspell’s “Beautiful City” which we are singing in this concert. For me the song is about making the world better. There is a line about building a beautiful city: “We may not reach the ending, but we can start — slowly, but truly mending, brick by brick, heart by heart. Now, maybe now, we start learning how.”

Maybe we can all help build a more beautiful, heroic, “large and kind” world. I know that is certainly what we, the Turtle Creek Chorale, are trying to do with our Heroes show.

Click here for tickets to HEROES.

 

References

Ahrens, Lynn. “Make Them Hear You,” Ragtime: The Musical. BMG Entertainment, 1990.

Gasser, Nolan. “I Have Songs You Haven’t Heard,” from Tyler’s Suite. The Tyler Clementi

Foundation, 3013.

Perry, Katy. “Firework,” Teenage Dream. Capitol Records, 2010.

Schwartz, Stephen. “Beautiful City,” Godspell. Ghostlight Records, 2011.

Stewart, Pamela. “A Wish,” from Tyler’s Suite. The Tyler Clementi Foundation, 2013.

Stewart, Pamela, and Jake Heggie. “The Narrow Bridge,” from Tyler’s Suite. The Tyler Clemtnti

Foundation. BMI, 2014.

Celebrating Pride Turtle Style

TCC members tell us their proudest moments.

Photos by Stephen Sanchez, Singing Member
Mural: One Human Family by Juan Miguel Aguirre

 

DAVID BARNES
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David is starting his third season with TCC and has chaired committees for American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association and is currently our LifeWalk chair!

“The best moments of my life were the day my son was born and the day I first sang with the TCC”.

 

BRIAN SCOTT CAREY
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Brian is in his third season with TCC and with his talents provided us with our beautiful, new website!

“My proudest moment would be starting my own marketing company last year, Tik Talk”.

 

MATTHEW HARRINGTON
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Matthew is starting his second season with TCC and is a two-time Voice of Pride Top 10 finalist! His other honors are 2014 Dallas Pride Festival Emcee, 2014 Gay Softball World Series Talent Show Director and Mr. Round-Up 2012.

“I’d have to say my proudest moment was walking in my graduate school commencement after getting my Masters in Theatre. It was the first time I truly followed my heart and felt validated and relevant regarding something I loved.”

 

GRANT MYERS
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Grant is beginning his second season with TCC and is part of the 2015/2016 MetroTex Leadership Academy, an HRC volunteer, SPCA advocate and TCC singing board member.

“At 19, I was on my own after coming out to my parents. I’m proud to say that I’ve stayed true to myself and through hard work and determination, became a successful version of me.”

 

MIKEY PEREZ
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Mikey is in his third season with the TCC. He built the website for Hearts Across Romania, an organization dedicated to helping impoverished Romanian orphans. He has also participated in fundraising efforts for AIDS Arms, North Texas Food Bank and the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a member of TCC and Resounding Harmony.

On June 26, 2015, when the US Supreme Court announced marriage equality, Mikey and his now husband were the third couple in line at City Hall. Hours later, they were married and able to share their love through local press interviews and photos seen all around the world.

“This was the proudest moment of my life.”

 

Finding Resonance

By Russ Weeks, Singing Member

Six years ago this month I was dating an amazing guy named Derek. He mentioned to me that he was auditioning for Turtle Creek Chorale, and I should join him. I had only seen one Turtle Creek Chorale Christmas show, and I was, of course, blown away. I couldn’t imagine that someone like me could be part of such astounding talent. I thought it would be difficult to qualify for an internationally renowned men’s chorus. The more Derek talked about it, the more I thought, “Why not?” I had loved music for as long as I can remember. From the moment I could hear, music was part of me.

Derek and I didn’t continue to date, but I auditioned, and I’ve been a singing member of Turtle Creek Chorale for six years and counting. My quality of life has improved exponentially in those six resounding years. Singing with and belonging to Turtle Creek Chorale adds so much to my life.

Russ with Sandi Patty

Russ with Sandi Patty

TCC has afforded me the opportunity to sing on numerous stages with hundreds of brothers in song. I have been exposed to numerous genres of music that I wouldn’t have ever encountered otherwise. I have also been able to sing with celebrities, local and international. One of my favorite moments was singing with the immensely talented and gracious Sandi Patty. Growing up, my home was filled with her music, and it was an enormous honor and spiritual experience to sing with her.

While the actual concert performances are magical, sometimes the weekly rehearsals are most special to me. As with anything in life, the real beauty comes in the journey and the process. I have had countless “laughter through tears” moments in rehearsal. I remember one of my favorite rehearsals which happened to also be my birthday. We were rehearsing a beautiful song, and I looked over at my friend Stephen, and he mouthed, “Happy Birthday; I love you.” I was overwhelmed with gratitude, and my eyes filled with happy tears in that moment. Week after week, we turtle brothers show up to rehearsal, and regardless of what’s going on in our personal lives, we open our binders and our hearts and pour out our souls. Our souls intermingle with each other and something unimaginable happens.

I’ve been blessed to sing under three brilliant conductors in the past five years. I’ve learned so much from each of them. I’ve learned about musicianship, leadership, brotherly love, and so much more. I’ve learned that I’m a quiet leader, as well. People from work and in my personal life have even commented on how being in the chorale has helped me to show who I really am and to take ownership of my strengths and share them more openly.

Garrett Pruessner, Sonny Banthabandith, & Marge Williams backstage at "Jangled"

Garrett Pruessner, Sonny Banthabandith, & Marge Williams backstage at “Jangled”

TCC has helped me realize just how funny I am. Last Christmas, our current artistic director, Sean Baugh,  believed that I would be right for a comedic role in the show. So I put on a skirt suit and a teased out wig, and I kind of brought the house down. I was so proud of myself in that moment. I love to make people laugh, and Turtle Creek Chorale allowed me to do that. During Jangled, when I played Marge Williams, my family came to one of the shows. I was worried my mom might be a little embarrassed, but when I greeted her in the lobby in my Marge garb, she beamed with pride, smiled from ear-to-ear, and shouted, “Oh my GOSH! Can I get my picture made with you?!?!” I will never forget that moment. You’re never too old to be affirmed by a proud parent.

We all need that extra something that adds a layer of depth to our lives. For some it’s running or writing or quilting or acting. The list goes on. I hope you’ve found that extra layer. For me it is music. And when I’m standing onstage with my Turtle Brothers, there are intangible, yet palpable moments of sound that emanate between us. Then those extraordinary moments of sound project out to the audience, and the audience gives it right back to us. That is a feeling like nothing else in the world. I’m so grateful to TCC (and to Derek!) for giving me this gift and for allowing me to share the experience with my brothers and the many audiences, past, present and future.

 

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TURTLE CREEK CHORALE MOVES BRUCE JASTER FROM INTERIM TO PERMANENT STATUS

 

The Board of Directors of the Turtle Creek Chorale has voted unanimously to change the status of Bruce Jaster from interim to full-time, permanent Executive Director.  Jaster joined the staff of the Chorale in January of this year as Executive Director on an interim basis.

Jaster’s history with the Chorale is long, having been a singing member for fifteen years and a member of the Board of Directors for ten years.  “The Chorale has been a part of my life since first attending a concert on the SMU campus in the early 1980’s.  To be able now to serve as Executive Director is a dream realized,” says Jaster.

David Hess, Chair of the Chorale’s Board, added, “We are pleased to take another in the important steps toward assuring that the Chorale is on solid footing and moving toward greater heights.  With this most recent change, and the naming of Sean Baugh as permanent Artistic Director in March, the Chorale no longer has any ‘interim’ placeholders among its staff.”

Jaster has long been active in the Dallas community and nationally.  He currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Southwestern School of Orthotics and Prosthetics and on the national Board of Directors for the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF).

Previously, he has served on the Boards of Directors for The Dallas Way, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, the Oak Lawn Counseling Center and on the Governing Committee of the DFW Federal Club.  Additionally, he has been a Board member of the Amputee Coalition of America (now the Amputee Coalition) and Meeting Professionals International.

While an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, Jaster sang with and served as President of UT’s Longhorn Singers.

PurpleVocals Pop-Up Studio is Coming to Dallas!

 

Former King’s Singers tenor and founder of PurpleVocals, Paul Phoenix, is delighted to announce the launch of the very first ‘PurpleVocals Pop-Up Studio’ which will take place in Dallas on Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18 in the Cathedral of Hope Choir Room.  The studio is open to singers of all ages and abilities, and Paul is available for one on one coaching.

The sessions are also open to small groups, ensembles and choirs, and Paul is offering advice on vocal technique and development, ensemble singing as well as coaching on public performance and engagement. Whether you’re an aspiring soloist or just want to improve your singing skills, why not book a coaching and mentoring session with Paul? His vast experience as a Grammy-Award-Winning member of the King’s Singers from 1997 to 2014 means that he is now in demand as a soloist, mentor, vocal performance and choral coach around the world.

Paul invites members of the public to attend as observers.

Coaching will take place at the following times:
Friday, July 17: Midday – 7pm
Saturday, July 18: Midday – 6pm

Sessions will last around 40 minutes and an accompanist is available.

Session costs:
Individuals: $50 for 40 minutes
Groups: $25 per person for 40 minutes

For further details and to book a slot, please contact Paul direct at:  info@purplevocals.com

 

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A Night Out With the Turtle Creek Chorale

By Augusta Neal

A Turtle Creek Chorale performance may only last a few hours, but why not make a whole day of it? Here’s your perfect day of events to get you prepped and ready to experience the music.

10 a.m.

In the words of @GayAtHomeDad on Twitter, it’s time to snap, crackle, and POP out of bed! Today is going to be amazing and tonight will be even better.

10:05 a.m.

Ignore your desire to sleep in and squeeze in just 25 minutes of exercise. Your thighs will eventually thank you and your exes will be kicking themselves.

11:15 a.m.

Give something away. It feels good knowing someone in need is enjoying that sweater you haven’t worn in years. There is a Goodwill drop off location at 1919 N. Haskell Ave.

11:45 a.m.

Beat the half-after-noon brunch crowd. Go to a fabulous place you’ve never been with your three most fabulous friends. Order a pitcher of mimosas and anything with carbs. Give a toast before every “cheers” to make every clink count. Our favorite brunch spots? While Breadwinners is obviously a signature Dallas choice, BuzzBrews and Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar also hold a soft spot in our hearts.

3 p.m.

It’s splurge o’clock! Buy something that makes you feel like a million bucks, even if you only spent $10. If you’re into affordable designer vintage, Buffalo Exchange on Greenville Ave., is your calling. If you prefer more high-end threads, you must see Rye 51 on McKinney.

4:30 p.m.

Getting ready to go out, if done right, can be just as fun as the main event. Step one: Text your friends to come over stat (who else would you ask the inevitable “do I look fat in this?”). Step two: Wine. Step three: Crank music that makes you feel like the world revolves only for you tonight. Beyoncé’s self-titled album should do the trick.

5 p.m.

It’s a scientific fact that a long, early dinner with good friends is the best way to nourish your soul pre-show. Science or not, it wouldn’t hurt to at least test the theory, right? We crave Italian, and Coal Vines or Terilli’s always hit the spot.

6:45 p.m.

It’s go time! Call an Über, if only for the luxury of being chauffeured. When you arrive, take a selfie, grab a snack from the clothed-tables, and find your seats. Don’t forget to tweet your #TurtleCreekChorale photos to @TurtleCreek! Now, sit back, relax, and let the music move your soul.

9:30 p.m.

You know what goes great with music and friends? Conversation and dessert. There are only seven Sprinkles ATM machines in the United States; brag to your social media friends that Dallas is one of them, and grab a postshow cupcake.

Enjoy the experience, friends.

App We Love Right Now: Quist

By Callie Leahy 

App we love right now: Quist

Website: www.quistapp.com

Available: On the App Store and on Google Play Android Market

About the App 

Quist, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history app, highlights the events of the past that have made the future of LGBT what it is today. Quist reports historical events on any particular day in history from all around the world, from historical marches and legislature to not-as-well-known historical acts.

Their Mission 

According to their website, Quist’s mission is to educate the world about the roots of the LGBT community, make LGBT history more engaging and relevant, and let LGBT youth know that others have shared their struggle.

Features and Usability 

Whether you’re a history buff or you’re just looking to get to know more about the history of the LGBT community, this app has the ideal features and simplicity for users of all ages.

Events are featured by day in history, but users can also search by country or explore the database of nearly 800 historical events by date. The interactive interface is both easy to use and visually appealing with photos and historical facts listed on each event.

Why We Love This App 

In short, we love Quist because it portrays the same values of Turtle Creek Chorale. TCC has a long-standing history in the city of Dallas for their work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) charities, outreach, and pride groups, as well HIV/AIDs funding and awareness groups. Throughout the organization though one thing remains clear — their passion for history and LGBT outreach.

Submerge yourself in the unique history of the LGBT community and download the Quist app today or check them out on Facebook.

All reference and source information provided by Quist app website, www.quistapp.com

Ask a Turtle

By Todd Camp

Lucky for us, we get to talk to the Turtles all the time, but we wondered if there were any burning questions out there that you lovers of all things Turtle might have for the members of Dallas’ most celebrated singing ensemble.

So we reached out to 10-year veteran Chorale member Troy Heine, an Irving-based computer programmer by day, to answer the question, “Do you ever get pre-show jitters, stage fright, or even worse, forget the lyrics — any performer’s worst nightmare?”

“Being onstage with 200 other guys does a whole lot to mitigate stage fright. We are perceived as a whole and as long as enough of us are singing the right notes we come across the right way to the audience,” Troy says. “We all endeavor to sing the best we can, and most of the time we’re all pretty decent on the whole. So no, I don’t have much problem with stage fright. I’ve done enough acting on stage to not have any problems with that.”

Before joining the Chorale, Troy says he used to act in high school and early college and was in choir prior to that. His first major stage production was in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. He also credits his early stage experience with teaching him a valuable lesson about avoiding onstage jitters. “I learned early on that as long as I knew my material, stage fright was not an issue,” he says.

Of course, singing along with an ensemble is certainly not as intimidating as tackling a solo, something Troy says he regretfully has never done.

“If I go through my entire time with the Chorale and never step forward to sing a solo, I’ll feel like I’m missing something,” he says. “But most times, what stops me is not competition but time. There’s a whole lot I would like to do in the Chorale that I can’t because of time. You can get oversaturated really fast.”

‘Jangled’ Unwrapped

By Todd Camp

Never mind 12 days of bouncing royals, thrumming percussionists, and enough feathered fowl to fill an aviary, we prefer our Christmas countdowns in nifty round numbers of 10. So after tallying up our 10 favorite things about the next month’s “Jangled,” we rounded up 10 more things you might not know about the annual holiday hullaballoo.

1. Of all the shows in a TCC season, it has the most repeat performances, with seven (!) scheduled this year alone. The guys will deck the halls with sounds so jolly for two shows at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Dec. 13, returning to their familiar stomping grounds at Dallas City Performance Hall for five more performances Dec. 18-20, including a family-friendly matinee show on Dec. 20.

2. It’s not only an audience favorite but a Turtle one as well. Several of TCC’s finest claim watching one of the former Christmas shows as inspiration for what made them join the Chorale in the first place.

3. It wouldn’t be a Christmas show without traditional Christmas carols, right? TCC Associate Conductor Sean Baugh says we can expect plenty, including favorites like Deck the Halls, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Little Drummer Boy and Jingle Bells. But he adds that “they all have twist on them, they all have something unique about them.” He also says to expect some brand new music and gorgeous new arrangements of traditional favorites.

4. Speaking of tradition, the annual Christmas show has been a part of the Chorale season since the beginning, making it the longest running regularly themed show in the group’s 35-year history.

5. Though Sean wouldn’t come right out and tell us all of the secrets of “Jangled” (nobody really wants to know what they’re getting for Christmas before they tear open the paper, do they?), he did share a few tidbits. In the spirit of the sad little tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas, he hints that we will get to see the plight of a tree in a Christmas tree lot that never gets picked.

6. In case you’re wondering where the show gets it’s title, Sean says, “We’re being honest with people and saying the holidays have become a headache for a lot of people more than a beloved time of year,” he says. “They’ve been ‘jangled,’ as in ‘jingle-jangled.’ “ But he adds that the goal of the show is to take you on a journey from worrying about overspending and dealing with difficult family members to loving the holidays again, “And we’ll do it with lots of humor, lots of beautiful music, and lots of heartwarming moments.”

7. A sign-language version of Silent Night, a longtime audience favorite, will return, though Sean won’t say what exactly to expect, “We might sing and do sign language, we might be silent — we kind of mix it up.”

8. You can expect another tradition, one Sean calls one of the of the most loved and special moments each year. “In our 35-year history, we have lost more than 190 members to HIV/AIDS and there’s a moment in the concert where we pay tribute to those people by dedicating a poinsettia to them. That’s just one of those traditional moments everybody loves.”

9. After moving from the Meyerson Symphony Center to Dallas City Performance Hall last year, “it has afforded us the ability to do some very theatrical things that you might not see at the Meyerson.” Sean hints. “Expect a bit more drama and a bit more theatrical presentation.”

10. Each year in late October, the Chorale hosts a retreat with its primary focus being the upcoming Christmas show. “It’s just a time to bond and get close to the music and get close to each other,” says Troy Heine, who will be performing in his 10th holiday show this year. “We’re always trying to do our best, but we put so much heart into our Christmas show that I think we really bring our best game to that event.”