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Meet the Cast: Sean Orr

 

By Todd Camp

Sean Orr

Personal Details: This 32-year-old Santa Clara, Calif. native grew up in Rock Springs, Wy., before relocating to Texas in 2000. By day, he works as an assistant vice president at Bank of America.

Chops: His past musical experience consisted of belting Mariah Carey tunes in the shower, but Orr says that five years with the group has left a lasting impression. “The level of experience and the musical excellence that Turtle Creek Chorale is known for has definitely impacted the way in which I hear and express music today,” he says.

Most memorable performance: Touring Spain with a Turtle Creek Chorale concert series in 2010, Orr has many fond memories of his experiences there. But the moment that stuck with him came when the group was on a guided tour of the architecturally stunning Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.

“While in the middle of the massive cathedral, the chorale performed a very impromptu performance of ‘Ave Maria,’” Orr recalls. “It was magical; the music filled the room and the other tour groups stopped. Workers laid down their hammers and all got to enjoy the emotional, memorable experience. To me, in essence, that’s what music is all about!”

Favorite song performed: Orr says his favorite Turtle Creek Chorale tradition comes during their traditional Christmas concert performances. “Each year, we conclude the show with a rendition of ‘Peace Peace’ and ‘Silent Night.’ Both members and Turtle Creek Chorale patrons are transported to a place of reflection and joy, and at this moment, I feel the Christmas spirit has officially arrived.”

What draws you to Turtle Creek Chorale: “I see it as a fraternity of brothers, and some of my best friends were born from the chorale,” Orr says. “Turtle Creek Chorale is a source of fun, escape, joy, love, and community to me.”

Fun Fact: He’s an adventure seeker, whether it’s skiing in Snowmass, Colo., whitewater rafting down the Snake River in Wyoming, or taking flying trapeze lessons in Dallas. “If it gets my heart racing, I’m in!” he says.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend a Turtle Creek Chorale Performance

 

By Todd Camp

True music lovers don’t really need this many reasons to check out Dallas’ premier men’s chorus, but here are a few you may not have thought about:

10. If you caught Turtle Creek Chorale’s performance of Sweeney Todd with the Uptown Players last month, you know that meatpies never sounded so good. Best part? Zero chance of indigestion.

9. Tuxedos! Tuxedos! Tuxedos!

8. Where else are you going to hear more than 200 male voices singing an Amy Winehouse tune? OK, sure, Station 4 on a Saturday night. But where else are you going to hear more than 200 male voices singing an Amy Winehouse tune in perfect harmony?

7. Includes more than twice your recommended daily allowance of sass.

6. A dazzling blend of choral classics and modern favorites delivered with impeccable precision by a group of talented gentlemen who also happen to be easy on the eyes.

5. Gossip overheard in the concession line is like binge-watching a week’s worth of Extra crammed into just a few minutes.

4. The restrooms at Dallas City Performance Hall are probably nicer (and larger) than your entire apartment.

3. Who needs expensive cologne when you can just hug everyone you know before the show?

2. Your ticket purchase helps to raise thousands of dollars for many worthy charities when you attend one of Turtle Creek Chorale’s many benefit performances throughout the year. And did we mention that these guys sure are easy on the eyes?

1. Half the calories of the other leading all-male chorales, and Turtle Creek Chorale is gluten-free, nut-free, fat-free, and sodium-free, without sacrificing any of the taste.

She’s alive, ALIVE!

 

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.