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TCC Showcases American and British Composers in Upcoming Concerts

DALLAS, May 1, 2014—Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC), Dallas’ premier male chorus, announces two performances celebrating the music of British and American composers.

TCC will perform “Americana” on May 3 and 4 in partnership with the SoCo Women’s Chorus in Austin, conducted by Janey Hall. Each group will perform a set of songs by American composers and then join together for three contemporary American pieces. The concerts will be held on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 4 at 3:00 p.m. at King-Seabrook Chapel on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased athttp://socowomenschorus.brownpapertickets.com.

Artistic director Trey Jacobs says “It was such a joy to unite with this Austin chorus for ourRemembering JFK Concert in November. I found the women in this chorus to be enthusiastic and committed to making extraordinary music. It will be wonderful collaborating in Austin on choral music by American composers.”

Then, TCC presents its Chamber Chorus and small ensemble Camerata in “Homeland…A Choral Journey from Britannia to Americana,” a concert of the choral music of British and American composers. The Chamber Chorus is a 28-singer ensemble, co-conducted by artistic director Trey Jacobs and associate conductor Sean Baugh, which performs several additional concerts each year. Camerata is a 9-singer ensemble in the style of the acclaimed British a cappella group, The King’s Singers, conducted by TCC pianist Scott Ayers.

Baugh says, “This incredible concert with both the Turtle Creek Chorale’s Chamber Chorus and Camerata truly features some of the most beautiful music of the season. From the podium, the music just takes my breath away when we sing, so I can only imagine what the audience must experience.”

Song selections include pieces by the Beatles, Billy Joel, Thomas Tallis, Kurt Bestor, Gustav Holt and Z. Randall Stroope. The concert will be held on May 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas. There is a $10 suggested donation for admission.

For more information about the upcoming concert schedule, or to learn more about Turtle Creek Chorale, please visit them online at http://turtlecreek.org.

ABOUT Turtle Creek Chorale
Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC) is currently enjoying its 34th season as a landmark all-male chorus. With over 175 dues-paying volunteer singing and associate members, TCC presents a full concert series at the Meyerson Symphony Center and Dallas City Performance Hall. While our programs cover a wide range of musical styles, the Chorale’s core message combines laughter, tears, and inspiration so that each of us may celebrate the human spirit as well as points of unity. Using choral music as our instrument, TCC creates extraordinary musical experiences for all and enhances the cultural lives of our members and audiences through numerous community outreach concerts, free ticket programs, service events, and our annual Partners in Harmony concert. We remain committed to creating meaningful, synergistic collaborations with other local arts groups, promoting harmony in our community, and building bridges.

About SoCo Women’s Chorus
The vision of SoCo Women’s Chorus is to provide Austin-area women from all walks of life a volunteer organization in which to express their creative souls through music; to form musical bonds which will build bridges between members as we serve our community. SoCo Women’s Chorus not only performs music of varied genres with the highest integrity and passion, we also elevate women as they share their love for music with the community. Our belief is that music is a great healer and sealer — realizing lasting relationships are built through music.

TCC & Uptown Players Collaborate to Present Broadway Thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

DALLAS, April 8, 2014 – Following the smashing success of last spring’s production of Ragtime, Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC), Dallas’ award-winning men’s chorus, and the critically acclaimed Uptown Players are thrilled to collaborate again to present a concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street April 24-26 at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas). Tickets range $39-54 and are available at www.TurtleCreek.org.

Turtle Creek Chorale and Uptown Players join forces with a combined cast of over 150 actors, singers, and members of the TCC for a concert version of SWEENEY TODD, the chilling Broadway musical thriller and winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Original Score and Book. This musical collaboration celebrates the best artistic talents of these two organizations: the powerful sound of TCC coupled with the innovative acting of Uptown Players.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, this musical thriller tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka SWEENEY TODD, who returns to London after 15 years of false imprisonment. Aided and abetted by the pie-shop owner, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney sets out to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family. The haunting sounds of this musical include “No Place Like London,” “God That’s Good,” “Joanna” and “Worst Pies in London” and is not to be missed!

SWEENEY TODD will be directed by Michael Serrecchia with musical direction by TCC’s Artistic Director Trey Jacobs. “The juxtaposition of the macabre with intense humor throughout creates a very compelling story. The wall of sound created by the ensemble is just incredible, and once again Michael (Serrecchia) breathes such life into this concert production with ingenious staging that is sure to captivate audiences,” commented Jacobs.

An all-star cast joins Turtle Creek Chorale:
Sweeney Todd
– Brian Mathis
Mrs. Lovett
– Jenny Thurman
Anthony Hope
– John Campione
Joanna
– Kristen Lassiter
Judge Turpin
– Tom DeWester
Beadle Bamford
– Jay Gardner
Beggar Woman
– Susan Riley
Adolfo Pirelli
– Peter DiCesare
Tobias Ragg
– Jacob Barnes

Tickets are available by calling 214-526-3214 or purchase online at www.TurtleCreek.org.

ABOUT TURTLE CREEK CHORALE
Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC) is currently enjoying its 34th season as a landmark all-male chorus. With over 175 dues-paying volunteer singing and associate members, TCC presents a full concert series at the Meyerson Symphony Center and Dallas City Performance Hall. While our programs cover a wide range of musical styles, the Chorale’s core message combines laughter, tears, and inspiration so that each of us may celebrate the human spirit as well as points of unity. Using choral music as our instrument, TCC creates extraordinary musical experiences for all and enhances the cultural lives of our members and “No Place Like London,” “God That’s Good,” “Joanna” and “Worst Pies in London” and is not to be missed! audiences through numerous community outreach concerts, free ticket programs, service events, and our annual Partners in Harmony concert. We remain committed to creating meaningful, synergistic collaborations with other local arts groups, promoting harmony in our community, and building bridges.

ABOUT UPTOWN PLAYERS
Now in its thirteenth season, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following with an annual audience base of over 15,000 patrons. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including more than 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, hundreds of “The Column” Awards and 20 Theatre Critics Forum Awards in its first 12 seasons.

In recent years, its productions of Next To Normal and The Producers have made top 10 lists in The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, TheaterJones, and The Column online. Uptown Players has also been named the Best Theatre Company by the Dallas Voice Readers Awards, and the Dallas Observer, and has appeared on the WFAA-A list and Best of Big D – D Magazine. Uptown Players has been featured on Good Morning Texas and with Ron Corning on Daybreak on WFAA. Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically, build cultural bridges, and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. There is no other theater group with this unique mission in the Dallas area.

TREY JACOBS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Trey Jacobs has been named the Artistic Director for the Turtle Creek Chorale after serving for six months in the Interim Conductor post. Before arriving in Dallas, Mr. Jacobs was Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities for four years at Eastern Michigan University. While at Eastern Michigan University his choirs performed at the Michigan A.C.D.A Convention and for the Michigan Music Educators Conference. In July 2011, he was the high school choral conductor for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.

MICHAEL SERRECCHIA, DIRECTOR
Michael has earned his living in the theatre for the past 40 years with 18 of those years on Broadway in such shows as; “Seesaw”, “The Rothchilds”, “Sing Happy”, and “A Chorus Line” (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award) to name a few. Feature films include “Jeremy”, “Annie” (the first one) and TV guest appearances on several soap operas like “All My Children” and “As the World Turns”. Michael toured the world as Chita Rivera’s dance partner in “Chita Plus Two” for four years (Mac Award). Local directing highlights include working with Theatre Three, ICT Mainstage, Theatre Arlington, WaterTower Theatre and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Currently, Michael is working with KD Studio Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts as Director of the Musical Theatre Degree Program and also with La Paloma Films.

TCC Is Pleased To Announce They Won An IKEA Makeover

 

As part of the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge, customers and co-workers voted for local non-profits to receive an IKEA makeover .

(Dallas, TX – April 4, 2014) Turtle Creek Chorale has won a complete IKEA makeover including products and design expertise. This is the 4th year of the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge; a program in which IKEA US customers and co-workers vote on a charity to win a complete makeover.

Funding from the IKEA Improvement Challenge will support the facilities necessary to develop our Education Outreach Program, including our outreach clinics, music library, and free ticket program.

IKEA co-workers throughout the country at 38 stores and two service offices nominated local non-profit organizations to receive an IKEA makeover of a space that helps to improve the lives of others. Over 100 inspiring nominations from IKEA co-workers were received. A steering committee from each location then selected up to three organizations for IKEA co-workers and consumers to vote for online between March 17 and March 31, 2014. Over 83,000 votes were cast and the winning charities were announced on April 4, 2014 for each location. This year a total of 40 community projects will be supported by IKEA. Runners up will also receive an IKEA gift card as a thank you for participating in this year’s contest. This is the fourth year for the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Over the course of this time, over 100 local non-profit organizations have won IKEA makeovers.

Call 214-526-3214 for more information.

ABOUT Turtle Creek Chorale
Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC) is currently enjoying its 34th season as a landmark all-male chorus. With over 175 dues-paying volunteer singing and associate members, TCC presents a full concert series at the Meyerson Symphony Center and Dallas City Performance Hall. While our programs cover a wide range of musical styles, the Chorale’s core message combines laughter, tears, and inspiration so that each of us may celebrate the human spirit as well as points of unity. Using choral music as our instrument, TCC creates extraordinary musical experiences for all and enhances the cultural lives of our members and audiences through numerous community outreach concerts, free ticket programs, service events, and our annual Partners in Harmony concert. We remain committed to creating meaningful, synergistic collaborations with other local arts groups, promoting harmony in our community, and building bridges.

ABOUT IKEA
IKEA – the world’s largest home furnishing retailer – was founded in 1943 in Sweden. IKEA offers home furnishing solutions consisting of good design and function, at low prices so that the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries, including 38 stores in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com. For more news from IKEA, connect with us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/IKEAUSA) and follow us on Twitter (@DesignByIKEA) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/).

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Contact Information:
Caroline French
Turtle Creek Chorale
http://www.turtlecreek.org
(214) 526-3214