From fashion and karaoke to inside tips and quizzes, the TCC Blog is sure to entertain.

Meet the New Kids in the Chorale

By Todd Camp

There are some fresh faces (and voices) joining in to make beautiful music with Turtle Creek Chorale this season, so we thought we might sit down with some of the newest Turtles to find out how rehearsals are going and what it’s like to be a part of one of Dallas’ preeminent arts organizations.

For some, the experience is intimidating, but exciting, while others find themselves back in familiar territory.

“I haven’t sung in about a year and a half, so I still get butterflies just thinking about rehearsals and being able to sing again — in other words, loving it!” says Zac Rudd. But for Gene Schrivener, being on stage is almost second nature. “Having performed in one way or another since before high school, I knew performances did not come together without lots of hard work,” he says. “Rehearsals have been a lot of work, but gratifying work.”

“I look forward to Tuesday evenings!” adds Grant Myers. “Music has always been a part of my life. After seeing the Chorale’s Christmas show two years ago, I asked myself, ‘Why am I not doing this?’”

Everyone was, of course, thrilled to be a part of the organization. Brian Zander described the experience as filling a personal void of sorts. “Since leaving school, I’ve felt like something has been missing this whole time, and I satiated my singing desires with weekly visits to karaoke.” Zac agrees, saying, “I have always tried to have a musical outlet of some sort, so when I moved to Dallas, TCC was one of the first things I looked into.”

“Over the years, I have attended many performances of TCC,” says Gene. “I was always impressed with the level of professionalism, showmanship, and quality of the performances. I always hoped that if I moved to Dallas, I could be a part of an organization like that.”

Now that they are in the thick of rehearsals, all of the newbies are happy to be a part of this new family. That’s certainly what Brian thinks, “I love how TCC isn’t just a group of men coming together to sing; it’s a family and you’re a part of it from the first day.”

“The best part of this experience so far has been the welcome from the Chorale,” Grant says. “The amount of ‘hellos’ and greetings has truly been overwhelming and uplifting.”

“Being a newbie in town, I’ve really enjoyed meeting everyone,” Zac says. “Those who love music as much as we do are a rare breed, so it’s great to have a place to share our musical talents with one another!”

Grant is certainly on the same page. “I have already met so many nice guys who all are working for a common goal but are having a good time doing it,” he says. “I look forward to our first performance.”

And that’s something on which I’m sure we can all agree.

Pop Quiz

 

By Todd Camp

Whether you’re new to the Dallas scene or think you know Big D like the back of your hand, you might not know this iconic American city as well as you think you do. Try our handy quiz and test your knowledge of all things Dallas.

  1. In 2013, he was Big D’s hottest guy (literally). He’s since had a full makeover (and frankly doesn’t look quite himself anymore) but a new set of duds and a welcoming personality have ensured that he’s as big as he ever was. Who and where is he?
  2. Just a few blocks from where the Turtle Creek Chorale performs most often, the city embraced its reputation for epic proportions with a three-dimensional, adjectivial adaptation that allows shutterbugs to spell their own fun. What and where is it?
  3. Not one, but two local watering holes took their monnikers from an iconic TV husband and wife who had more than their fair share of onscreen battles. Marriage might not have been on its best behavior in the onscreen incarnation, but that hasn’t stopped these bargoers from fighting to have it anyway. Name the bars and the show.
  4. With this month’s latest stage show, Dallas Theater Center preaches, “Don’t dream it, be it.” But hot patootie, bless my soul, one of the stars of the original film adaptation of this show hails from Big D. Love or hate him, who was he before he took a delicious stage name?
  5. Before KRLD-FM 105.3 started spewing sports talk, it once had a bird’s-eye view of the entire town. What was its former home?
  6. Long before Carrie Bradshaw swooned over shoes on HBO’s Sex in the City, another Carrie gave Dallasites a chance to raise shopping to an artform. Who was she and what did she do?
  7. This newly reborn haven for local music was named after its often misprounced geographic location. What is it?
  8. It’s easy to be overshadowed by your older brothers, especially when they sing like angels and are easy on the eyes, but while girls and guys alike were jonesing for each member of this trio of talents, the youngest of the group had one thing going for him that his older sibs didn’t — he was the only one of the three born in Big D. Who is he?

 

Answers (No peeking!):

  1. The newly rebuilt Big Tex welcomes visitors to the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park
  2. The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “B & G” sculpture outside of the AT&T Performing Arts Center is one of many such installations throughout the city.
  3. J.R.’s Bar & Grill and Sue Ellen’s in Cedar Springs were named after Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing and Linda Gray’s Sue Ellen Ewing from the TV show Dallas.
  4. Marvin Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf, played Eddie in the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. DTC presents The Rocky Horror Show Sept. 11–Oct. 19.
  5. In 1978, radio station KOAX-FM broadcast “from 500 feet above the city” in what is  now the Reunion Tower restaurant. It later moved and became KRLD-FM.
  6. Carrie Marcus Neiman, her husband A.L. Neiman and her brother Herbert Marcus Sr. opened the first Neiman Marcus on Elm and Murphy Streets in Dallas in 1907.
  7. Deep Ellum was originally called “Deep Elm” because of its location on lower Elm Street, but the early inhabitants’ pronunciation as “Ellum” ending up sticking.
  8. Nick Jonas, who along with his brothers Joe and Kevin were better known as Disney darlings the Jonas Brothers.

Why Do Turtles Love Being Turtles? Let us count the ways.


By Augusta Neal

It would be hard to count exactly all the reasons why singing members love being a part of the Turtle Creek Chorale. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t try to narrow down the top 10. We asked Turtle Creek Chorale members what they loved most about being Turtles. Enjoy!

10. The opportunity for new experiences. 

“I love the opportunities for new experiences and new learning that being a Turtle provides.” — Jamie Rawson

“I enjoy any place that puts me in heels for the first time and makes me learn to run and jump in them on stage in front of thousands.” — Tri Truong

9. The joy of synchronism.

“The only thing more moving than hearing voices in sync is being a part of creating the experience. I love the pure, unalloyed joy that one can experience when singing with others.” — Jamie Rawson.

“Making a difference in the world. I am proud of the many causes we have championed. My single voice could never have made such an impact on the world, yet when joined by the many other voices we can accomplish a lot!” — Stephen Wade Price

8. The undivided acceptance.

“I finally found my family of choice. I can be who I am without worrying about what other people think.” — Kevin Stone

“The Chorale helps me feel like I’m part of a family away from my actual family. I like that support and community because I know there are moments where it just makes my day and gets me through things.” — Danny W. Lippert

7. The “doin’ it for the thrill” of it.

“I love the thrill of an especially outstanding performance.” — Jamie Rawson

6. The “little things.”

“My favorite part about being in the Chorale is the little life-affirming moments. Last night we were singing the “Brokeback Mountain Suite” — my favorite piece for our “Brave” concert. I turned to the row behind me and saw my Turtle brother Stephen Sanchez, and he mouthed, “Happy birthday … love you.” I became simultaneously emotional and overjoyed.” — Russ Weeks

5. The discipline through presence.

“When making music, one must be fully present. Rehearsing music provides a benefit akin to extended meditation, with the added benefit of interacting with others.” — Jamie Rawson

4. The undeniable talent.

“I love how singing can give palpable expression to emotions and convey them to those who listen.” — Jamie Rawson

3. The strength in similarities.

“TCC is filled with people who are like me. Funny, creative, musical, and more. We aren’t different when we’re together. We’re stronger.” — Bob McCranie

2. The feeling of experiencing the audience’s energy.

“I love to experience the energy of an appreciative audience.” — Jamie Rawson

1. The realization that, in the end, it’s all about the music.

“We are so blessed to create these beautiful soundtracks to enrich our lives. And our audience’s lives.” — Russ Weeks

“Going back and listening to our amazing work and saying, ‘Yes, I was a part of that.’” — Jess McDowell

 

Dallas’ Pride Parade

 

By Todd Camp

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it’s not Christmas, yet. But it is time to start planning for the 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, Dallas’ massive annual celebration of LGBT pride!

That means colorful outfits, pets on parade, and a long day of floats, fun, and fabulousness. Of course, the Turtle Creek Chorale will be there front and center, so I spoke with Chris Campbell, one of the co-chairs of this year’s TCC Pride Parade Committee, to find out how the Turtles will be celebrating this year’s festivities.

“We’ll have a float in the parade showcasing some of the fun music we’ve produced over the past 35 years, and we will have members walking alongside tossing beads out to the crowd,” says Chris, a Joplin, Mo., native who joined the Chorale in February of 2013. “We are going to be using the parade to let the community share in the celebration of our 35th season.”

Considering that TCC outdates the parade by four years, they certainly have plenty of accomplishments to be proud of this year. But anyone who has ever tried to attend the parade knows that finding a good place to watch can be challenging, especially with the throngs of attendees. Any suggestions on where I should perch this year?

“Personally, I always watch the parade from Woody’s or TMC’s [Throckmorton Mining Company’s] patio,” Chris admits. “Both have great vantage points for the parade and great people-watching as well. These are both good places to meet up with friends before heading to Lee Park for the after-parade events.”

I asked Chris if he had any favorite parade participants I should keep an eye out for when I get there.

“Cathedral of Hope always seems to have a great float and participation from their group,” he says. “Then there are always floats with lots of eye candy — family friendly, of course — and those are always fun.”

Thanks for the reminder. Better grab the camera, too. See you there!

This year’s 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 on Cedar Springs Road, starting on Wycliff Avenue and preceding on to Turtle Creek Boulevard. For more information, visit dallaspride.org.

25 Reasons to Give $25 on North Texas Giving Day

 

By Caroline French

On Thursday, September 18 your gift of $25 or more is eligible for bonus funds during North Texas Giving Day. Since lists are so on trend right now, we came up with our 25 reasons that you should contribute $25 to Turtle Creek Chorale on Thursday!

Let the countdown begin!

25. Keeping a world-class jewel in Big D’s crown! There are over 21,000 nonprofits in Big D, but not all of them *sparkle* the way Turtles do! Our award-winning combination of quality and entertainment make us one of Big D’s most unique nonprofits!

24. Two words – bonus funds. Who doesn’t love a bonus? On North Texas Giving Day, gifts of $25 or more are eligible for bonus funds. Communities Foundation of Texas will enhance, on a pro-rated basis, the total of donations made during North Texas Giving Day.

23. Singing across the generations. We’re not just talking about the fact that TCC has survived parachute pants, hair scrunchies, and Furbys. Our members range in age from 21 to over 75! That’s more than six decades of experience, history, and incredible stories.

22. All boats rise. TCC is one of the many fabulous local arts organizations in North Texas. When you support TCC, you are helping to support ALL of the North Texas arts!

21. Honor a musical angel. Since our founding in 1980, TCC has lost more than 200 members to AIDS/HIV. We honor those Turtles who have gone before us and whose shoulders we stand upon and sing today. Give your gift in honor of a musical angel.

20. Sammons – one word for creativity. Most office buildings look identical. You walk in and see desks, phones, and little cubes. When you walk into Sammons Center for the Arts to visit the TCC office, you might see a dance rehearsal, a youth orchestra, a yoga class or a cabaret! This is the creativity and inspiration that we are continuously surrounded by!

19. Music is expensive. The average octavo that the Chorale purchases for each member for each song we sing is $3.50. That means that for 150 men to sing one song at a concert costs approximately $525. Multiply that by the number of songs TCC sings in a concert season, and you’ll see the dollars adding up.

18. Setting an example. Did you know that 7% of the singing members are also teachers? These incredible members are leading the next generation of musicians, performers, and even mathematicians! Teaching is an art, and we love our teachers that love the art of choral music.

17. Better than a bar tab. When you wake up after a night at the bars, your wallet won’t be the only thing that hurts. Save yourself the headache and support TCC!

16. Your gift is needed. Annually, 40% of TCC’s funding comes from supporters like you! Your continued support allows us to continue producing such incredible music!

15. Building bridges. Ok, not literally. We are much better with high notes than hammers. TCC is committed to building meaningful relationships with our fellow nonprofits and our community.

14. Singing isn’t our only talent. Our small ensemble, SoundBytes, is comprised of 15 men who love to sing AND DANCE! Other Turtles write plays, act locally, make pottery, and even play the tuba!

13. Your gift is tax-deductible. Let’s be honest. Come April 15, you and your tax accountant will be scrambling to find every deduction possible!

12. Singing in the streets. And the park. And once even in a grocery store. Each year TCC presents more than 30 outreach concerts in our community. These performances afford TCC the opportunity to present free entertainment to those unable to attend our concerts.

11. Pay it forward! There are over 1,000 alumni in TCC’s database. Support the organization so that thousands more may have the same incredible experience!

10. “C” is for commitment. Singing members annually volunteer more than 100,000 hours for rehearsals, performances, and outreach events. When you support Turtle Creek Chorale, you support our many commitments to the music, to the membership, and to the Metroplex community and beyond.

9. Diversity. It’s not just a word to us. Our singing members are as diverse as the musical selections we present. From the U.S. Army Chorus to Sandi Patty to Liza Minnelli and even the late great Joan Rivers, TCC opens our arms to diversity.

8. Sharp dressed men. Tuxedos usually mean stuffy events. If they were comfortable, silk pajamas wouldn’t have been invented. But for a TCC singing member, a tuxedo is one of the many expenses of membership. Our financial assistance scholarships ensure anyone can be a part of the organization – and look good doing so.

7. Giving begets giving. When your friends see you giving to an organization, they similarly want to give and be a part. Some call this peer-pressure. We call it “awesome-sauce.”

6. Not all libraries are filled with books. Did you know that there are over 4,000 songs in TCC’s Music Library? This library allows TCC to be a resource for our chorale community, regularly lending pieces to other choruses and commissioning new arrangements.

5. Double your gift in under 5 minutes. Many companies offer matching gift programs. Ask if your company will match your gift to TCC, and you will have doubled your gift and the impact of your gift in under 5 minutes!

4. Alpha Omega Turtle. Though we aren’t technically a fraternity, the brotherhood of TCC offers a supportive family for like-minded individuals. For many individuals, we ARE their family, their support network, their big brothers, and their sense of security.

3. Nonprofits need lightbulbs too. Everyone loves to talk about education, ROI, and numbers served…but nonprofits also need those pesky mundane items like letterhead, postage, and yes, lightbulbs.

2. It feels good to give! You know that instant gratification you feel when you support an organization you love? That’s because you are participating in something larger than yourself.

1. You know the gift of song. TCC performances take you on a musical and emotional journey. Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you cry. But every time you leave knowing the gift of song.

On September 18 from 6am to midnight, visit www.northtexasgivingday.org to make your gift to Turtle Creek Chorale. Gifts of $25 or more are eligible for bonus funds only on September 18 when made through the North Texas Giving Day site.

Sing Like Turtles at Their Favorite Karaoke Spots

 

By Augusta Neal

Picture this: It’s Wednesday night. You’re in a poorly lit bar sipping your favorite cocktail. There are four sorority girls on the “stage” belting out Destiny’s Child “Survivor” and any second now, the guy who thinks he’s Luke Bryan will get up and sing another boring country song for a third time.

You’re at a classic karaoke bar, my friend. Whether you’re into singing a Carly Simon solo or prefer an ’N Sync song with a group of friends, take your pick of these Turtle-approved karaoke spots.

Round-Up Saloon

Known as the home of “good times and good people,” Round-Up has been a part of Dallas for a full 33 years (almost as long as the Turtle Creek Chorale!). One of five “Karaoke Hosts” (where do we sign up for that job?!) will treat you to a night of cheesy hits and cheap drinks.

Rumor has it Lady Gaga has been there at least three times — so put on your best cowboy boots and sing it up, Little Monsters.

Woody’s

Singing Turtle Jess McDowell says Woody’s is one of the best karaoke spots on the strip. This sports and video bar serves up $4 Tuaca to help you get your voice prepped and ready every Wednesday night at 10 p.m.

If it’s even half as fun as their advertisement for “Little Chalupa’s Karaoke,” you can count us in.

Barbara’s Pavillion in Oak Cliff

This kitschy spot located near the heart of Oak cliff is just a hop skip, and bar-crawl away from downtown. Mark your calendar for every Thursday and Sunday as well as the second Saturday of each month if you want a piece of Barbara.

If you’re not into the singing scenes, just take a tip from TCC member Randy Culbreth. What’s his idea of the best karaoke spot in Dallas?

“My shower.”

The Healing Power of Music

 

By Todd Camp

Our nation has faced a number of difficult challenges lately. Anyone who has turned on the nightly news in the last few weeks can relate to the notion that sometimes the pain faced by others can be overwhelming.

No anniversary brings that point home more than the somber annual remembrance of the national pain we all experienced after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Thankfully, music can often be a soothing salve for troubling times, and its healing powers are in high demand these days.

We reached out to a few Chorale members to find out what songs culled from the group’s 35-year history still have the power to uplift the soul while healing the spirit.

For 21-year Chorale veteran Jamie Rawson, his unforgettable song came from the 2006 TCC collection of American music, Songs of Our Nation.

“In the later 19th century, almost every well-appointed American home had a piano or a pump organ. And the people sang. Gentle, popular ballads were the Gold and Platinum records of the era,” Jamie says. “Yes, they were sentimental, but the country needed time to heal and to treasure the peace and rising prosperity they had found.”

“The music of this period brought them all together. Regardless of geographical location, the simple beauty of these tunes made the American people one,” he continues. One of the best of those, was the traditional American folk song “Shenandoah.” “The simple, haunting melody has remained a favorite to this day. I loved singing this for my nephew at his bedtime when he was quite young.”

For 17-year Chorale veteran Doug Mitchell, the song “Loving Kindness,” from the 2007 TCC recording Serenade, hits home the best.

“The text, based on a Buddhist scripture, is simple and beautiful: Put away all your hindrances, let your mind full of love pervade one quarter of the world, and so, too, the second quarter, and so the third, and so the fourth. And thus the whole wide world, above, below, around, and everywhere, altogether continue to pervade with love-filled thought, abounding, sublime, beyond measure, free from hatred and ill will.”

Doug says those words have always resonated with him, “but, in retrospect, the closest I have ever come to feeling them as a reality was in the few days immediately after the tragedy on Sept. 11,” he recalls. “For a few days, it seemed as if the world was united in sorrow. And within that sorrow, there was a genuine outpouring of love-filled thought, free from hatred and ill will.”

Turtle-approved fall 2014 fashion trends

 

By Augusta Neal

It’s September. The days of lying by the pool and riding with the top down jamming to Sam Smith are soon coming to an end (okay, maybe that last part will continue).

But don’t fear fall. These Turtle-approved men’s fall 2014 fashion trends will keep you hot when the temperature’s not.

Colors of Fall 2014

Designers embraced head-to-toe tailored getups in shades of olive and forest green. Call us biased (because, you know, Turtles), but it’s hard to dismiss how effortlessly handsome slim green pants look tucked into chestnut brown biker boots, as styled by Gieves & Hawkes.

If greens wash you out, you’ll be excited to know that orange is the new black for fall. We suggest donning bright orange accessories (beanies, scarves, gloves) with your favorite basics (sweaters, trousers, V necks).

For Turtle Creek Chorale singer Danny Lippert, fall accessories are a must. “Each fall/winter, I’ve gotta grab at least one new beanie to add to my collection.”

Items to Buy and Try

Turtleneck (or “rollneck”) shirts were among one of the most sought after items on fall 2014 runways. Before you shudder at the idea of a rollneck shirt, you should see how Topman Design crafted this look into the chic city-dweller you always dreamt of being.

Taking a note from the classic Chanel handbag, this season’s trends introduced a modern, chicer version of the quilted jacket. Although it may not get cold enough in Dallas for this puffy alternative, TCC members believe in the power of both statement jackets and basic cardigans.

Said singing member Jess McDowell on the subject, “I love a good sweater. The problem is I can’t wear them that often in Texas. Here’s to having a cold winter.”

Here’s to cold weather (and hot style), indeed.

Turtle Spotted: Best Shows of Fall 2014

 

By Callie Leahy

While the Turtles are off rehearsing and prepping their tuxes for the highly anticipated 35th anniversary season, we’ve dubbed these performances the must-see shows of the fall.

Off Broadway on Flora Series: Buyer & Cellar
Sept. 3–6, Dallas City Performance Hall

What could be better than an off-Broadway comedy about the legendary Barbra Streisand and her Malibu home? Add to that a stellar venue and North Texas native Michael Urie and this show’s sure to be a Dallas hit.

Meyerson 25 Celebration Week
Sept. 6, 8–11 Dallas Arts District

Come celebrate the creation of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the pizazz and creativity only the Dallas Arts District could deliver. Festivities kick off Saturday with a parade down Flora Street, and end on Sept. 11 with an honorary rush hour concert saluting local first responders. (And be sure to keep an eye out for the Turtles — they’ll be performing Saturday at 12:20 p.m.)

Rocky Horror Show
Sep. 11–Oct. 19, Wyly Theatre

While arguably no one could pull off the red lips, thigh-highs, and platform pumps quite like the king of Transylvania, Tim Curry, The Dallas Theater Center is reprising the 40-year-old Broadway classic at the Wyly Theatre. (Just be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes and get ready to do the Time Warp!)

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger
Oct. 8, Dallas Chamber Symphony

Combine the digitally remastered silent film The Lodger with the orchestral magnificence of the Dallas Chamber Symphony and you get a visually immersive experience unlike any other.

Music, Magic and Monsters
Oct. 26, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

From Romeo and Juliet to Harry Potter to Hansel and Gretel to Mother Goose, the Music, Magic and Monsters experience covers some of the most mystical scenes of the fictitious worlds we adore.

The Golden Age of Jazz
Nov. 21–23, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Jazz artist Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday set the stage for what would be called one of the greatest eras of music of all time. Pay homage to the Golden Age of Jazz with a night of tribute with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Tyzik.

A Season Snapshot

 

By Todd Camp

Rehearsals are already underway and the 2014-2015 season for Turtle Creek Chorale promises to be a memorable, as well as transitional, one for the group as they search for a new artistic director. Associate Conductor Sean Baugh will take the reins in the meantime, so we decided to twist his arm and see if we could wring out a few more details about what to expect beyond the traditional season announcement.

Turtle Creek Chorale returns Oct. 17–18 with Brave, a powerful collaboration between the Chorale and local community artists. “Joining us will be local actress and singer Patty Breckenridge along with Chris Chism, contemporary music leader for the Cathedral of Hope,” says Sean. “The music will be very inspirational; about overcoming obstacles, being brave, facing challenges, finding hope. Expect all kinds of music, from pop to gospel.” Shows take place at the Latino Cultural Center (LCC).

One show not mentioned in the season announcement will be How Firm a Foundation, an evening of hymns performed as a collaboration between the Chorale’s Chamber Chorus and Camerata along with the Cathedral of Hope Choir and the Royal Lane Baptist Church Choir. The show takes place Nov. 8 at Cathedral of Hope and Nov. 9 at Royal Lane Baptist Church.

With the arrival of the holiday season, TCC unwraps its most popular — with audiences and Turtles alike — present of the season, the annual holiday concert. Jangled is scheduled for Dec. 13 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center and Dec. 18–21 at DCPH and features a selection of traditional (and not so traditional) holiday standards. Asking Sean what would be special about the show sparks an explosion of enthusiasm. “There is sooooo much special about that show! It’s everything you love about a Turtle Creek Chorale holiday show,” he says excitedly. “Tears, laughter, and all kinds of wonderful, beautiful moments.”

The New Year brings a celebration of TCC’s 35th year, and a special 35th Anniversary Concert on Feb. 7 at DCPH that includes the return of Turtle royalty, Dr. Timothy Seelig. Conductor Emeritus Seelig led the Chorale for more than 20 years and currently serves as the artistic director and conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Sean says the concert will feature many familiar TCC favorites and a staged packed with both current and past members.

April puts the “great” in Great Britain with Britten, Beatles & Bond April 23–25 at DCPH, featuring anglophile favorites from pop legends like Elton John, the Fab Five, Spice Girls, and Adele, to more traditional heavy hitters like Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. “This is just going to be a lot of fun with some serious British composers, with a little Queen thrown in alongside Gilbert & Sullivan,” Sean says. “There’s seriously something for everybody in that concert.”

Details get a bit thinner at this point, suffice it to say that if the Spice Girls aren’t spicy enough for you, you might enjoy the all Latin-themed Musica de Mayo May 1–2 at the Latino Cultural Center, featuring music from Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain.

And finally, to maintain the irreverent, playful spirit of the group’s season enders, Turtle Creek Chorale closes out the season with a trip in the Wayback Machine to the decade that birthed the Turtles. Turtle-ly 80s, pulls on the parachute pants June 19–21 at DCPH. Audiences can don their snazziest retro togs and, for the first time ever, join in a full-fledged sing-along with the Chorale, complete with karaoke-style lyrics over the stage, Sean says. Expect timeless tunes from the likes of Lionel Richie, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, the Pet Shop Boys, and Pat Benatar.

Hit us with your best shot.

BRAVE

October 17–18

Latino Cultural Center

Our first concert of the season. BRAVE, will be a poignant and powerful statement of courage, faith, and perseverance you won’t forget. The concert will feature men of the Turtle Creek Chorale and community artists as they share, through music, their personal stories of bravery and hope.

“JANGLED”

December 18–21

Dallas City Performance Hall

Each holiday season we are inundated with messages, noises, pressures, and commitments that can sometimes leave us … well … “Jangled.” Join TCC for our traditional and beloved holiday concert as we rediscover the true spirit of the holidays and celebrate this truly magical season.

*Children’s matinee concert on December 20*

35th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

February 7

Dallas City Performance Hall

TCC will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with a concert joined by our alumni and Conductor Emeritus Dr. Timothy Seelig as we present the amazing music that made the TCC the most renowned male chorus in the world.

BRITTEN, BEATLES & BOND

April 23–25

Dallas City Performance Hall

TCC presents selections from our favorite friends from “across the pond” — The Beatles, Elton John, Adele, and, yes, even the Spice Girls! We won’t forget our more “serious” British composers, with works by Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

MÙSICA DE MAYO

May 1–2

Latino Cultural Center

Chamber Chorus and members of TCC present a festive concert of sizzling music celebrating the Latino culture. This concert will feature choral music from Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexican, and Spain.

TURTLE-LY 80s

June 19–21

Dallas City Performance Hall

Join us as we celebrate our founding decade of teased hair, baggy pants, and more! It’s also your chance to sing along with TCC for many of the songs. You know you’ll want to anyway.