About the Tour
The Turtle Creek Chorale will take a positive message through 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, Little Rock, Shreveport, and Tyler. 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,” said artistic director Sean 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. Details about the concert below.
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.
Friendship Tour Sponsors
Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping us embark on this important mission.