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Turtle Creek Chorale Unveils “Extra-Large” 40th Season

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 three 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

 “Unbreakable”
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 11, 12, 13
– Moody Performance Hall

To finish out the season, the TCC will present another holiday concert. In December 2020, theTCC will return to their home at the Moody Performance Hall for their signature holiday production, “On this Shining Night.” This concert will warm your heart and bring you peace and joy for the holiday season.

Narrow Bridge Project

DISTINGUISHED EXPERTS TO APPEAR IN PANEL DISCUSSION BEFORE EACH EVENING OF UPCOMING TURTLE CREEK CHORALE CONCERTS

‘Narrow Bridge Project” to discuss suicide awareness, a major premise of “Tyler’s Suite” which will premiere at this concert

DALLAS, TX TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 – The next concert of the Turtle Creek Chorale, renowned Emmy-Award winning all- men’s chorus from Dallas, is titled HEROES, a concert in-part honoring the memory of Tyler Clementi, the promising Rutgers freshman who took his life after being “outed” on the internet by his roommate. To build community awareness of the devastating impact that can result from LGBT bullying, the Chorale is also hosting a panel discussion, the “Narrow Bridge Project”, with well-known and respected experts in suicide awareness and suicide prevention from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM each evening of the concert series. The “Narrow Bridge” is a key part of the song cycle honoring Tyler. Both the panel discussions and the concerts will take place on March 31, April 1 & 2 at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Curtain for each of the concerts is at 7:30 PM.

 

The Narrow Bridge Project, which is free to the public, will be moderated by Fred Theobald, MA, LPC, CCTP, CSAT. Fred is a licensed professional counselor in the Oak Lawn/Uptown neighborhoods of Dallas with offices at Vantage Point Counseling and Counseling Connection Dallas. Along with working with individuals and couples facing a variety of counseling needs, Fred is part of Safe Conversations, and initiative teaching communication skills to couples and families throughout the community. Fred is also a singing member of the Turtle Creek Chorale.

 

Appearing with the panels will be Jane and James Clementi, mother and brother of Tyler. They both serve as principals of The Tyler Clementi Foundation which was founded to address the urgent needs of vulnerable populations, especially LGBT and other victims of hostile social environments. The family of Tyler Clementi is focused on creating a new story of inclusion, dignity and acceptance for other youth and their families as a way to honor the memory of their son, brother and friend.

 

Featured panelists will include:

 

Candy Marcum, LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCDC of Stonewall Behavioral Health. Candy is a well-known Counselor in the Dallas LGBT community. She is a writer, trainer, speaker, presenter and a licensed supervisor for counseling interns.

 

Chris James Cognetta, LPC-I. Chris was Chair of the Board, Mentor and Volunteer for Youth First from 2000 to 2013. He has worked with the Trevor Project, One in Ten and currently serves on the Baker Idea Institute’s Teen Brain symposiums panel. Chris also worked on the Youth First Heroes event in 2012.

 

Mark Hundley, MEd, LPC-S, is a Life Transition Specialist with a specific expertise in the field of grief. He works with individuals, families and corporations to create and implement strategies for powerful living despite obstacles. He is the author of Awaken to Good Mourning, a personal guide through the journey of grief and is a co-founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano.

 

Faith Farnoosh Nouri, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, BCC, on the adjunct faculty at Texas Women’s University, has been working with clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, stress management, personal and professional relationships and personal growth since 1997 in clinical and private practice settings. In addition to major therapy techniques, she uses hypnotherapy, EMDR, guided imagery and mindfulness exercises to help her clients improve the quality of their lives.

 

Michael Salas, MA, LPC-S, LCDC, CSAT, CMAT, CST is Owner and Founder of Vantage Point Counseling,

a group practice that provides help with addictions, relationship issues and sexual dysfunction. He is a dedicated advocate for the LGBT community.

 

Bradley Chamberlain, LCSW, is a clinical social work professional with experience in public policy advocacy, community organizing, medical social work and case management with vulnerable adult and youth populations. Bradley has served in a variety of positions with Metrocare Services, Health Texas Provider Network, Children’s Medical Center Dallas and The Arc of Dallas. He is also a singing member of the Turtle Creek Chorale.

 

During the concerts which follow these panel presentations, the Turtle Creek Chorale will honor six groups who provide services for special needs populations and fulfillment of personal needs. Groups being honored with special musical tributes are:

 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the most widely known and largest breast cancer education, research and social support organization in the United States.
Cathedral of Hope, the world’s largest inclusive Christian church with primary outreach to LGBT persons and a membership of over 4,000.
DFW Federal Club, a political interest group of major supporters who are affiliated with the Human Rights Campaign.
Resource Center, one of the primary LGBT and HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.
Jonathan’s Place, providing a safe, loving home and specialized services to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.
Bruce Wood Dance Project, overcoming the untimely loss of its founder to enter its sixth year as the most celebrated dance company in Dallas.

 

“This emotional, yet uplifting, series of concerts will be unlike anything the Chorale has ever done before,” says Sean Baugh, Artistic Director. “Seldom do we have the honor of thanking many who mean so much to us with beautiful music and a program designed for them and dedicated to them. It’s rare to present a powerful, large-scale composition such as ‘Tyler’s Suite’. The themes of anti-bullying and suicide awareness are near and dear to our singers. They have embraced this message with their whole hearts.”

 

Bruce Jaster, Executive Director of the Chorale, adds, “By coupling the Narrow Bridge Project with this concert series, the Chorale enhances its legacy of changing lives for the better. We are honored that we’re able to provide such a broad perspective to the vital topic of suicide awareness and prevention, especially in the vulnerable LGBT community.”

 

HEROES will be presented at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the downtown Dallas Arts District on March 31, April 1 and 2 at 7:30 each evening. Tickets for performances range from $28-$65. All tickets are available at TurtleCreekChorale.com or by phone at 214.526.3214. The Narrow Bridge Project panel discussions occur from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM each of the three nights of the concerts. The Narrow Bridge Project is free to the public.

Honoring Our Heroes

TURTLE CREEK CHORALE HONORS COMMUNITY HEROES AND THE LEGACY OF TYLER CLEMENTI

Commissioned music and premiere of “Tyler’s Suite”

DALLAS, TX – Monday, February 22, 2016 – The Turtle Creek Chorale, renowned Emmy-Award winning all- men’s chorus from Dallas, takes over the Dallas City Performance Hall March 31, April 1 & 2 for a series of concerts titled HEROES, recognizing a group of organizations special to the Chorale and significantly important to the community, as well as the memory of Tyler Clementi, a symbol of anti-LGBT bullying and suicide awareness.

Groups being honored with special music commissions arranged for the Chorale and dedicated to the organizations include the following:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the most widely known and largest breast cancer education, research and social support organization in the United States.
Cathedral of Hope, the world’s largest inclusive Christian church with primary outreach to LGBT persons and a membership of over 4,000.
DFW Federal Club, a political interest group of major supporters who are affiliated with the Human Rights Campaign.
Resource Center, one of the primary LGBT and HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.
Jonathan’s Place, providing a safe, loving home and specialized services to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.
Bruce Wood Dance Project, overcoming the untimely loss of its founder to enter its sixth year as the most celebrated dance company in Dallas.

During the first half of the concert, each of these organizations will be honored with special music, a video tribute and recognition. Many of the special music arrangements are made possible by a grant from the Dallas Arts District Foundation.

The spirit of recognition and support will carry through into the second half of the evening with the regional premiere of “Tyler’s Suite”. Co-commissioned by the Turtle Creek Chorale, along with other GALA choruses across the country, “Tyler’s Suite” explores the experiences of Tyler Clementi and his family with selections by some of today’s top composers including Ann Hampton Callaway, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty, Jake Heggie and Stephen Schwartz.

The song cycle is dedicated to the young and promising Rutgers music student who took his life after being outed by his roommate on the Internet during his first weeks of college. The incident quickly gained international attention and drew attention to the horror of anti-LGBT cyber-bullying and suicide.

Members of the Clementi family, representing the Tyler Clementi Foundation, will be present for the premier of this work in Dallas.

“This emotional, yet uplifting, series of concerts will be unlike anything the Chorale has ever done before,” says Sean Baugh, Artistic Director. “Seldom do we have the honor of thanking many who mean so much to us with beautiful music and a program designed for them and dedicated to them. It’s rare to present a powerful, large-scale composition such as ‘Tyler’s Suite’. The themes of anti-bullying and suicide awareness are near and dear to our singers. They have embraced this message with their whole hearts.”

HEROES will be presented at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the downtown Dallas Arts District on March 31, April 1 and 2 at 7:30 each evening. Tickets for performances range from $28-$65. All tickets are available at TurtleCreekChorale.com or by phone at 214.526.3214.

Aunt Marge’s Thanksgiving Tips & Tricks

You’ll remember this HR guru and event extraordinaire from last year’s holiday show, Jangled. Aunt Marge is back, and she’s here to share her tips and tricks for a successful Thanksgiving feast everyone will remember.

1. Never invite more guests than you have full bottles of wine.

2. If any guests ask what they can bring to help, always respond, “Oh, honey, your presence is enough… and a bottle of wine.”

3. For the coffee drinkers, I always spike my creamer with Bailey’s. Shh… no one knows.

4. Nobody likes a dry turkey so baste, baste, baste it. You can’t taste it until you baste it!

5. Don’t forget a centerpiece. You can make an arrangement straight from your backyard with acorns, leaves, twigs and berries. Plus it’s cost effective.

6. There is only one person in every family that can pull off autumn orange, and it’s PROBABLY NOT YOU!

7. Speaking of autumn orange, here’s a tip. If you have an old orange jumpsuit laying around from your spa day at Lew Sterrett, cinch that waist with a chunky belt, pull some foliage from your centerpiece for a corsage and call it a day.

8. If you don’t want to send half the world over the edge, do not put up your Christmas tree until AFTER Thanksgiving.

9. The same goes for Christmas music. I learned the hard way in 1992 when my cousin Ethel had a complete Thanksgiving meltdown.

10. More is not always more. Do not serve sweet potato casserole AND Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie unless you have more than one working restroom. Lesson learned from Thanksgiving at Ethel’s.

11. Forget football! Honey, the real sport is the race to the restroom after all that sweet potato fiber!

12. And most importantly, do NOT forget to purchase your tickets for Turtle Creek Chorale’s Holiday Show – HOME! They’re going fast!

Click here to get tickets to our mainstage holiday show here.