Dear TCC Friends & Family,
The Turtle Creek Chorale has been monitoring the evolving response and guidance from local and national officials regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We feel it’s important that we update you on our current operational plan, in alignment with state and local public health professionals.
We have been in contact with the Moody Performance Hall (our performance venue), which is managed by the City of Dallas, and as of today, they have not made any recommendations to alter or cancel nonessential public gatherings. In that spirit, we are going to continue preparations for our upcoming March 27-29 “Unbreakable: Songs of Strength & Survival” concert. Honestly, with everything going on in the world today, between the Coronavirus and the Stock Market challenges, the subject matter of this concert couldn’t be timelier.
Should conditions in and around Dallas change that require us to alter our plans we will immediately notify you. Please visit www.turtlecreekchorale.
com for updates.
While our performances and programs are important to the fulfillment of our mission, nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our singing members, staff, and supporters. In that spirit, we ask you to please take care of yourselves and others. Please follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus and seek information from knowledgeable and trusted sources. When this is over, we will all sing!
Thank you for your support of the Turtle Creek Chorale.
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The 40th season of the Turtle Creek Chorale will showcase five major performances spanning 17 months, and featuring a variety of guest artists from North Texas and beyond. The season also features a return to the Meyerson Symphony Center for two performances.
Dallas, TX, July 25, 2019 – Turtle Creek Chorale has announced their upcoming 2019-2020 season called TCCXL – An XL Season for an XL Anniversary. The season will feature mainstage concerts at the Moody Performance Hall along with the Chorale’s return to the Meyerson Symphony Center after an almost seven year hiatus. This XL Season will feature not one, but TWO of TCC’s signature holiday concerts (December 2019 and December 2020), two concerts at the Meyerson Symphony Center (September 2019 and June 2020), and a regional premiere of a new choral musical by Tony Award-winning composer Andrew Lippa.
“This ambitious season will feature everything you love about the Turtle Creek Chorale. I’m particularly excited about our return to the Meyerson Symphony Center for several productions. Putting together this season has been an incredible adventure musically, as we will be presenting so many of the pieces that have made the Chorale extraordinary. There is so much history in the music we sing, and I’m thrilled to revisit these pieces once again. But the new music is absolutely extraordinary, and I’m looking forward to continuing our choral-theater presentations that have become our identity the past few years. You won’t want to miss any of these diverse, intriguing, and beautiful programs, ” says Sean Baugh, Artistic Director.
“To All the Women We’ve Loved Before”
September 29 – Meyerson Symphony Center
The TCC will kick off their season by honoring the women in our lives with a concert entitled “To All the Women We’ve Loved Before.” This production will feature the Chorale returning to the Meyerson Symphony Center for a special one-night-only concert. They will share the Meyerson stage with three of their favorite leading ladies – Denise Lee, Patty Breckenridge and Jodi Crawford-Wright – and will welcome, once again, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas for a very special appearance.
“40 Years of Fa La La”
Dec 13, 14, 15 – Moody Performance Hall
TCC will return to the Moody Performance Hall for the Chorale’s signature holiday tradition, “40 Years of Fa La La.” The performance will feature many holiday classics and memorable momentsfrom the past 40 years, as well as exciting new works that will surely become classics! Anewcomer to the Dallas arts scene – Chloe Agnew of ‘Celtic Woman’ will join the men of the TCC for this special production
March 27, 28, 29 – Moody Performance Hall
TCC will present the regional premiere of a new choral musical from Tony Award winning composer Andrew Lippa, “Unbreakable.” This powerful and urgent new work highlights little-known moments in LGBTQ+ history and gives a voice to LGBTQ+ Americans whose achievements and contributions to their country have gone unrecognized for far too long.
“CLASSIC: The Songs that Made the TCC”
June 28 – Meyerson Symphony Center
The Chorale will return to the Meyerson Symphony Center with a 40th Anniversary gift called “CLASSIC: The Songs that Made the TCC”. This special anniversary concert will feature many of your favorite musical moments and memories that have defined the Turtle Creek Chorale. Well-known favorites, combined with newer musical gems, will thrill you, move you, and inspire you. Combine the TCC with the Lay Family Organ and you have a musical experience you won’t soon forget. This “greatest hits” concert will most assuredly be a heartfelt celebration of 40 years of incredible music.
“On this Shining Night”
December 2020 – TBD
To finish out the season, the TCC will present another holiday concert. In December 2020, theTCC will present their signature holiday production, “On this Shining Night.” This concert will warm your heart and bring you peace and joy for the holiday season.
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 – www.turtlecreekchorale.com – or by calling the Chorale box office at 214.526.3214.
Within a period of less than one week, the Turtle Creek Chorale will test the boundaries of its talent with two concerts that could not possibly be more un-alike.
This week, June 8-10, the Chorale ventures into Dolly-land with a boot-scootin’, rip-snortin’ take on country music as only the Chorale can do it. TCC Artistic Director Sean Baugh calls this concert, titled OUTLAWS, “entertaining, light and fun”. In addition to some Dolly Parton, there’s a touch of Tammye Wynette, Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood, Patsy Cline and more.
Joining the Chorale as special guest performers at OUTLAWS will be Sine Nomine (Without a Name) from Denver. This group of singers with a tongue-in-cheek signature was founded in 2004 to sing contemporary choral songs. They commissioned a work titled “All I Want is a Truck” on text by Jackson Culpepper and music by Daniel Brinsmead.
Then flip the switch!
As soon as OUTLAWS is done, the Chorale retunes for a special kick-off concert at Temple Shalom on June 16 as a send-off for the group’s four-city Friendship Tour to Tulsa, Little Rock, Shreveport and Tyler.
The June 16 event is a benefit for both Temple Shalom and the Chorale. Proceeds will help to cover costs of the Chorale’s tour. The program will possibly be as far as music can get from light-hearted country classis, but, in the centerpiece feature of the Temple Shalom and tour performances, a special Chorale-commissioned work titled “Peacekeepers”, there’s a heart-wrenching number titled “Colt 45″ that touches on the tragedy of gun violence and harkening to a country theme.
“We believe that choral music has the unique ability to speak very directly to the heart”, adds Baugh. “At Temple Shalom and on tour, we hope to speak directly in a meaningful and non-confrontational way about all the things we have in common in the midst of our troubled world. We want to cement our friendships rather than drive them further apart.”
OUTLAWS, is the Chorale’s summer concert of its annual subscription series, bringing that series for 2017-2018 to a close. It runs Friday through Sunday, June 8-10, 2018 at the Moody Performance Hall. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 PM. The Sunday matinee starts at 2:30 PM.
The Temple Shalom fundraising tour kick-off on Saturday, June 16, 2018 is in their synagogue in north Dallas at the corner of Hillcrest and Alpha Road. Showtime at Temple Shalom is 7:30 with a reception for VIP ticketholders beginning at 6:30.
Tickets for all performances are available through the Turtle Creek Chorale’s website – www.turtlecreekchorale.com – or by calling the Chorale box office at 214.526.3214. Ticket prices range from $25 to $100.
Honoring Mayor Mike Rawlings for his unwavering dedication to the arts and for bringing communities together in Dallas
The Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas’ renowned men’s chorus, will inaugurate its new PeaceMaker Award with the presentation of that honor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings at the closing concert of the Chorale’s upcoming ANTHEMS performances, Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.
The PeaceMaker Award, which is intended to be an annual accolade from this year forward, honors individuals or groups that have gone above and beyond to unify communities, bringing them together with reconciling thoughts and often a focus on culture and the arts with music that helps create healing.
This year’s initial awards are being presented in conjunction with the premiere of a new song cycle of the same name commissioned by the Turtle Creek Chorale – “PeaceKeepers”. The work takes a look at the art of creating, struggling for and maintaining peace in our community, our country and the world. “PeaceKeepers” will anchor the ANTHEMS concerts along with the awards presentations. Additional awards recipients will be announced soon.
“We are sincerely honored that Mayor Rawlings is the first to accept this honor from the Chorale,” says Bruce Jaster, Executive Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale. “The Mayor is a leader in the nation for enhancing culture and the arts of his city. In addition to the downtown Dallas Arts District, the Mayor has created flourishing arts communities throughout the city. We are pleased to acknowledge all that he has done for us.”
Sean Baugh, Artistic Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, adds, “There is significance coupled with this award and the ANTHEMS concert where it debuts. ANTHEMS looks closely at how music has the power to influence change – to create ways to bond rather than to divide. Mayor Rawlings has been a positive unifier of communities and we salute him for that.”
ANTHEMS, the Chorale’s Springtime concert of its annual subscription series, runs Friday through Sunday, March 23-25, 2018 at the Moody Performance Hall. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 PM. The Sunday matinee starts at 2:30 PM. Mayor Rawlings’ award will be presented at the Sunday matinee.
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Turtle Creek Chorale Honored with Invitation to Perform at Opening Day Session of the 2018 Southwestern Conference of the American Choral Directors Association
Celebrated Chorus Among a Handful of Choirs Asked to Sing a Complete Hour-Long Concert at the Conference
DALLAS, TX — Monday, February 12, 2018
The Southwestern Region of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) has invited the Turtle Creek Chorale of Dallas to be one of the opening night headline performers at their 2018 conference. ACDA, which represents more than 22,000 choral conductors throughout the United States, holds regional conferences in even-numbered years in each of its seven divisions. The Southwestern Region conference begins March 7 in ADCA’s national headquarters city of Oklahoma City, OK.
The Turtle Creek Chorale is one of only three choirs to perform on the event’s opening evening. Two hundred of the Chorale’s singing members will travel from Dallas to sing.
Choirs from across the nation audition for an opportunity to perform at an ACDA conference, considered one of the highest honors a choir and its conductor can receive. This invitation to the Turtle Creek Chorale came directly to the choir without the audition process, an even more significant accolade.
“We are considerably grateful to ACDA for selecting the Chorale and flattered to be so chosen,” comments Sean Baugh, Artistic Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale. “This concert will be one that our singing members will recall for the rest of their lives. Few choirs are so selected, and the audience is one of the most, if not the most, critical that any choir can perform before.”
ACDA’s stated purpose is to promote excellence in the field of choral music. The member conductors lead more than one million singers nationwide. They publish two respected periodicals pertaining to the choral arts, International Journal of Research in Choral Singing and Choral Journal.
“Music has the affirming power to build bridges,” says Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director Sean Baugh.
June 21-24, 2018, the Turtle Creek Chorale will take that positive message via music on a four-day ”Friendship Tour” of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Free concerts hosted by local choruses and church congregations will be offered in Tulsa (June 21), Little Rock (June 22), Shreveport (June 23) and Tyler (June 24). Local choirs and choral organizations will also join the Chorale in each city.
“This special tour is a wonderful opportunity for the 225 men of the Turtle Creek Chorale to share positive stories in song,” adds Baugh. “Though communities on this tour may hold social and political views different from ours, we often share much more than we acknowledge. The best way to bridge those differences is with conversation and shared experiences. We hope this tour does just that by sharing musical experiences these communities may not have previously known via a huge chorus of primarily gay men singing about peace, acceptance, love and community.”
A concert at Temple Shalom in Dallas on Saturday, June 16 will kick-off the tour. Tickets can be purchased at www.turtlecreekchorale.com/friendship-tour.
“The mission of the Turtle Creek Chorale is to change lives through music, enhancing the cultural experience of both audience and singers,” say the Chorale’s Executive Director Bruce Jaster. “We all can share the appreciation and beauty of music and its positive message. This tour purposely selected communities that are home to some of the Chorale’s singing members. We have personal connections and look forward to singing for our friends and families.”
Featured on this tour will be a new song-cycle titled “Peacemakers”. This 30-minute work by lyricist Tony Sylvestri and composers Andrea Ramsey, Gerald Gruss, Victor Johnson, James Eakin and others has been commissioned by the Chorale and several other choruses. The new composition speaks of creating peace through courage by addressing issues involving political turmoil, religious intolerance, fear of strangers, immigration and coming to the defense of others.
To support this meaningful series of concerts, and to make it possible for all members of the Chorale to participate, a major fundraising effort is underway. Contributions can be made directly to this tour at www.turtlecreekchorale.com/friendship-tour. For further information, contact the Chorale’s Director of Development, Dennis Coleman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.526.3214.
Dallas’ renowned male chorus, the Turtle Creek Chorale, will host a 24-hour “sing-in” to call attention to and develop increased support for LGBT communities in the wake of recent negative national and state actions directed at them. The men of the Chorale and their guests will begin this musical marathon at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ, 5910 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. The program will extend through the next day, Saturday, August 12 until at least 6:00 PM.
The event will be free to the public and attendees are invited to come and go as they please, even singing along if they want. Donations will be accepted to support the activities of Lambda Legal and the Transgender Council of the Cathedral of Hope.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of civil rights for all LGBT citizens and those living with HIV through litigation, education and public policy work. Currently, Lambda Legal is asking the U. S. Supreme Court to decide a landmark civil rights case that could extend employment discrimination protection to the LGBT community. Lambda Legal has committed to fight any implementation of the recently-announced transgender ban in the military, actively opposes “bathroom bill” legislation and has brought multiple cases across the country challenging the erosion of LGBT peoples’ rights.
The Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ is a 47-year-old, 4,000-member congregation in Dallas, the world’s largest church with a primary outreach to LGBT persons. A number of its members are transgender and, as a church, support its Transgender Council which sponsors a workshop titled “Transgender 101 for Allies and Advocates” and advocates for the transgender community.
“This music festival is a family effort,” says Sean Baugh, Turtle Creek Chorale’s Artistic Director. “We are driven to bring the healing power of music to help comfort the wounds caused by recent and ongoing attacks against the LGBT community. We must make a statement to all that these senseless actions are damaging to everyone, are unacceptable and must stop.”
“We invite our friends in music from any ensemble or as individuals to join us at any time during this 24-hour time period to support us and even to sing along!”
The structure of the event, and appropriate attire for attending, are both decidedly casual. The atmosphere will be positive, supportive and fun. Overnight it will even be acceptable if a singer now and again is spotted sleeping through a song.
“We are pleased that organizations important to the LBGT community can join like this in support of one another,” says John Rieger, Chair of the Board of the Turtle Creek Chorale and also a member of the Dallas Leadership Committee, a volunteer group that supports the Dallas office of Lambda Legal. “This is the sort of collaboration that strengthens the empowerment of us all.”
Recent action pertaining to the military. . .”is a witch hunt. . . focused on some of the most vulnerable members of our society and should be resisted by all people of faith and good conscience,” Reverend Dr. Neil G Cazares-Thomas, Senior Pastor of the Cathedral of Hope, states. “From so-called “bathroom bills” to this latest move, it has become clear that many in our country are undereducated, have not listened to our transgender siblings and are led by hatred, bigotry and outright discrimination — none of the values that we see in either Jesus or the spiritual leaders of other faiths. We are proud to be part of this vocalization effort.”
Bruce Jaster, Executive Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, quotes the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and his statement “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”.
“These national directives and state legislative initiatives erode the rights of every single citizen,” Jaster adds. “We are all lessened by these inappropriate actions of a few taken against people who are viewed to be ‘less than’. We cannot stand back and let things like this continue to happen. It is time to bring people together in support of us all.”
The Turtle Creek Chorale welcomes any community support to help “Sing-In for Dignity” take the stage.