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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.
Get tickets to ANTHEMS by clicking here.
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.
“Dreams” rarely become what they seem. And that may very well be the overriding theme of the Turtle Creek Chorale’s season-closing concert, IN YOUR DREAMS, at the Dallas City Performance Hall Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 2-4.
This concert, featuring some of the most beautiful music ever performed by the Chorale, will open with a look at the dreams of a child — what does the future hold? Then for the next two hours or so, the audience will be swept through their own dreams in search of their very own “corner of the sky”.
Along the way, with some music that is being world-premiered for the first time, a few stirring old favorites, numbers enhanced with dance and selections augmented by thrilling multimedia, the Turtle Creek Chorale will take the audience into dreams that become nightmares and dreams that end in bliss.
“This concert explores so much,” says the Chorale’s Artistic Director Sean Baugh. “We detour through issues of immigration, race, inequality, drug abuse — and present stories in music about those topics. Meth abuse, rapidly becoming epidemic in many communities including among our LGBT friends, will be a focus. But we don’t leave anyone in despair. All dreams will create a pathway to positive resolution.”
Premiering in concert for the first time at IN YOUR DREAMS will be a number commissioned by the Turtle Creek Chorale titled “Be at My Side” by Gerald Gruss. This song reflects upon and honors the Dallas police officers who were killed in the July, 2016 ambush. The lyrics incorporate the word of the policemen’s honor code.
Affiliating with the Chorale for this concert are Drug Prevention Resources of Richardson, Resource Center’s Behavioral Health and Youth First Texas programs, Abounding Prosperity and the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. Each of these organizations will have representatives on hand with information about their respective projects.
This concert series brings to a close the rousingly successful 37th season of the Turtle Creek Chorale. TCC has been playing to sold-out houses at the Dallas City Performance Hall throughout the year. This concert, which culminates the season, has all the earmarks of being the most stunning presentation of the entire season.
Tickets for IN YOUR DREAMS range from $25 to $65 and are available online by clicking here or by calling the Turtle Creek Chorale box office at 214.526.3214.
Following the smashing success of the 2016 production of Aida, the critically acclaimed Uptown Players and the Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC), Dallas’ award-winning men’s chorus, are thrilled to collaborate again to present a concert version of the musical Titanic from May 5-7, 2017 at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas).
Tickets range from $40 to $55 and are available at www.uptownplayers.org.
Uptown Players and the Turtle Creek Chorale join forces with a 15-piece orchestra and a combined cast of over 150 actors, singers, and members of the TCC for a concert version of Titanic. With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston & story and book by Peter Stone, the musical opened on Broadway in 1997 and won 5 Tony Awards, 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Drama Desk Award. This musical collaboration celebrates the best artistic talents of these two organizations: the innovative acting of Uptown Players coupled with the powerful sound of TCC.
The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls—men, women and children—lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world—called, in fact, the “unsinkable” ship—should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it. It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century, with its social stricture, its extravagant codes of honor and sacrifice, and its unswerving belief that God favored the rich, ended that night.
Titanic will be directed by Cheryl Denson with musical direction by Kevin Gunter, choral direction by TCC’s Artistic Director Sean Baugh, and choreography by Vicki Squires. An all-star cast joins members of the Turtle Creek Chorale, including Christopher Curtis as Thomas Andrews, Seth Womack as Frederick Barrett, Aaron White as Harold Bride, Chris Ramirez as Frederick Fleet, Lois Sonnier Hart as Ida Strauss, and Laura Lites as Kate McGowan.
The production runs for one weekend only, May 5 through 7, 2017, with shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Performances take place downtown at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Tickets are $40-$55 and can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at (214) 219-2718.
About Uptown Players:
Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. Now in its sixteenth season and eighth at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following and is providing an opportunity for a wide diversity of gender styles to come together and explore life choices through great theatre themes such as relationships, family, prejudice, and values. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including over 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, and over 30 Theater Critics Forum Awards in its first fifteen seasons. Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers and by the Dallas Observer and was also featured in D Magazine and on WFAA’s Daybreak and Good Morning Texas programs.
Uptown Players has presented world premieres, including Redesigning Women (2013), Crazy Just Like Me (2011) and the stage adaptation of The Valley of the Dolls (2007), along with the US premieres of the West End hit musical Soho Cinders (2014), and the Pet Shop Boys Musical Closer to Heaven (2010). Uptown Players was the first regional theater in the US to present the Tony Award winner The Boy from Oz and the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal, following the closing of the Broadway productions. Each season, Uptown Players presents several regional premieres, including recent productions of It Shoulda Been You, The Toxic Avenger, Mothers and Sons, End of the Rainbow, The Nance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and The Producers.
About Turtle Creek Chorale:
The Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC) continues its 37th season as a world class all-male chorus. With over 200 singing and associate members, TCC presents a full annual concert series at the Dallas City Performance Hall and various other locations each year. Programs cover a wide range of musical styles with core messages combining laughter, tears and inspiration to create extraordinary musical experiences — music that enhances the cultural lives of both audience and singers. The Turtle Creek Chorale is committed to building meaningful, synergistic collaborations with other local arts groups and to promoting community harmony. Visit TCC online at www.turtlecreekchorale.com.
ELEVEN DALLAS ARTS ORGANIZATIONS JOIN TO CELEBRATE APRIL AS ARTS MONTH IN DALLAS
salon — /suh’ lahn/ noun / an assembly of guests in such a room, especially an assembly common during the 17th and 18th centuries, consisting of the leaders in society, art, politics, etc.
Mayor Mike Rawlings has named April as Arts Month in Dallas and eleven prominent arts organizations are joining forces to present a special program sampling the wide diversity of talent and entertainment available in the City. The program, titled “An April Arts Salon”, will be presented on Saturday, April 29, 2017 beginning at 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary of the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, in Dallas. Seating is general admission and tickets are $25 each available online at https://anaprilartssalon.eventbrite.com or by calling 214.526.3214.
This gala evening is being co-produced by the Turtle Creek Chorale and the Bruce Wood Dance Project. Joining them on the program are Open Classical — DFW, the Women’s Chorus of Dallas, Linda & Larry Petty, Bandan Koro, Beckles Dancing Company, Uptown Players, Fine Arts Chamber Players, the Cathedral of Hope Choir and Rhythmic Souls Tap Dance Company. Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Mark Landson, Director of Open Classical — DFW.
Bruce Jaster, Executive Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, says, “The centuries-old custom of people gathering in the salon to sing, play and dance for one another is magnificently civilized and great fun! There are so many accomplished arts organizations in Dallas, and it will be wonderful to be able to experience some of the best ones all together in one evening.”
“We are so excited about bringing all this talent together at one time,” adds Gayle Halperin, Director of the Bruce Wood Dance Project. “This event will be a sampling of great performances — something that is usually just impossible to find. We can’t think of a better way to bring the Mayor’s Arts Month in Dallas to a close.”
“An April Arts Salon” will be presented in two acts. Complimentary refreshments will be offered during intermission sponsored by Gayle Halperin and Heritage Auctions. Graphics for promotion and the evening’s program are being provided by Lisa Arbogast of Eye Candy Creative.