‘Jangled’ Unwrapped

By Todd Camp

Never mind 12 days of bouncing royals, thrumming percussionists, and enough feathered fowl to fill an aviary, we prefer our Christmas countdowns in nifty round numbers of 10. So after tallying up our 10 favorite things about the next month’s “Jangled,” we rounded up 10 more things you might not know about the annual holiday hullaballoo.

1. Of all the shows in a TCC season, it has the most repeat performances, with seven (!) scheduled this year alone. The guys will deck the halls with sounds so jolly for two shows at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Dec. 13, returning to their familiar stomping grounds at Dallas City Performance Hall for five more performances Dec. 18-20, including a family-friendly matinee show on Dec. 20.

2. It’s not only an audience favorite but a Turtle one as well. Several of TCC’s finest claim watching one of the former Christmas shows as inspiration for what made them join the Chorale in the first place.

3. It wouldn’t be a Christmas show without traditional Christmas carols, right? TCC Associate Conductor Sean Baugh says we can expect plenty, including favorites like Deck the Halls, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Little Drummer Boy and Jingle Bells. But he adds that “they all have twist on them, they all have something unique about them.” He also says to expect some brand new music and gorgeous new arrangements of traditional favorites.

4. Speaking of tradition, the annual Christmas show has been a part of the Chorale season since the beginning, making it the longest running regularly themed show in the group’s 35-year history.

5. Though Sean wouldn’t come right out and tell us all of the secrets of “Jangled” (nobody really wants to know what they’re getting for Christmas before they tear open the paper, do they?), he did share a few tidbits. In the spirit of the sad little tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas, he hints that we will get to see the plight of a tree in a Christmas tree lot that never gets picked.

6. In case you’re wondering where the show gets it’s title, Sean says, “We’re being honest with people and saying the holidays have become a headache for a lot of people more than a beloved time of year,” he says. “They’ve been ‘jangled,’ as in ‘jingle-jangled.’ “ But he adds that the goal of the show is to take you on a journey from worrying about overspending and dealing with difficult family members to loving the holidays again, “And we’ll do it with lots of humor, lots of beautiful music, and lots of heartwarming moments.”

7. A sign-language version of Silent Night, a longtime audience favorite, will return, though Sean won’t say what exactly to expect, “We might sing and do sign language, we might be silent — we kind of mix it up.”

8. You can expect another tradition, one Sean calls one of the of the most loved and special moments each year. “In our 35-year history, we have lost more than 190 members to HIV/AIDS and there’s a moment in the concert where we pay tribute to those people by dedicating a poinsettia to them. That’s just one of those traditional moments everybody loves.”

9. After moving from the Meyerson Symphony Center to Dallas City Performance Hall last year, “it has afforded us the ability to do some very theatrical things that you might not see at the Meyerson.” Sean hints. “Expect a bit more drama and a bit more theatrical presentation.”

10. Each year in late October, the Chorale hosts a retreat with its primary focus being the upcoming Christmas show. “It’s just a time to bond and get close to the music and get close to each other,” says Troy Heine, who will be performing in his 10th holiday show this year. “We’re always trying to do our best, but we put so much heart into our Christmas show that I think we really bring our best game to that event.”

A Season Snapshot


By Todd Camp

Rehearsals are already underway and the 2014-2015 season for Turtle Creek Chorale promises to be a memorable, as well as transitional, one for the group as they search for a new artistic director. Associate Conductor Sean Baugh will take the reins in the meantime, so we decided to twist his arm and see if we could wring out a few more details about what to expect beyond the traditional season announcement.

Turtle Creek Chorale returns Oct. 17–18 with Brave, a powerful collaboration between the Chorale and local community artists. “Joining us will be local actress and singer Patty Breckenridge along with Chris Chism, contemporary music leader for the Cathedral of Hope,” says Sean. “The music will be very inspirational; about overcoming obstacles, being brave, facing challenges, finding hope. Expect all kinds of music, from pop to gospel.” Shows take place at the Latino Cultural Center (LCC).

One show not mentioned in the season announcement will be How Firm a Foundation, an evening of hymns performed as a collaboration between the Chorale’s Chamber Chorus and Camerata along with the Cathedral of Hope Choir and the Royal Lane Baptist Church Choir. The show takes place Nov. 8 at Cathedral of Hope and Nov. 9 at Royal Lane Baptist Church.

With the arrival of the holiday season, TCC unwraps its most popular — with audiences and Turtles alike — present of the season, the annual holiday concert. Jangled is scheduled for Dec. 13 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center and Dec. 18–21 at DCPH and features a selection of traditional (and not so traditional) holiday standards. Asking Sean what would be special about the show sparks an explosion of enthusiasm. “There is sooooo much special about that show! It’s everything you love about a Turtle Creek Chorale holiday show,” he says excitedly. “Tears, laughter, and all kinds of wonderful, beautiful moments.”

The New Year brings a celebration of TCC’s 35th year, and a special 35th Anniversary Concert on Feb. 7 at DCPH that includes the return of Turtle royalty, Dr. Timothy Seelig. Conductor Emeritus Seelig led the Chorale for more than 20 years and currently serves as the artistic director and conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Sean says the concert will feature many familiar TCC favorites and a staged packed with both current and past members.

April puts the “great” in Great Britain with Britten, Beatles & Bond April 23–25 at DCPH, featuring anglophile favorites from pop legends like Elton John, the Fab Five, Spice Girls, and Adele, to more traditional heavy hitters like Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. “This is just going to be a lot of fun with some serious British composers, with a little Queen thrown in alongside Gilbert & Sullivan,” Sean says. “There’s seriously something for everybody in that concert.”

Details get a bit thinner at this point, suffice it to say that if the Spice Girls aren’t spicy enough for you, you might enjoy the all Latin-themed Musica de Mayo May 1–2 at the Latino Cultural Center, featuring music from Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain.

And finally, to maintain the irreverent, playful spirit of the group’s season enders, Turtle Creek Chorale closes out the season with a trip in the Wayback Machine to the decade that birthed the Turtles. Turtle-ly 80s, pulls on the parachute pants June 19–21 at DCPH. Audiences can don their snazziest retro togs and, for the first time ever, join in a full-fledged sing-along with the Chorale, complete with karaoke-style lyrics over the stage, Sean says. Expect timeless tunes from the likes of Lionel Richie, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, the Pet Shop Boys, and Pat Benatar.

Hit us with your best shot.


October 17–18

Latino Cultural Center

Our first concert of the season. BRAVE, will be a poignant and powerful statement of courage, faith, and perseverance you won’t forget. The concert will feature men of the Turtle Creek Chorale and community artists as they share, through music, their personal stories of bravery and hope.


December 18–21

Dallas City Performance Hall

Each holiday season we are inundated with messages, noises, pressures, and commitments that can sometimes leave us … well … “Jangled.” Join TCC for our traditional and beloved holiday concert as we rediscover the true spirit of the holidays and celebrate this truly magical season.

*Children’s matinee concert on December 20*


February 7

Dallas City Performance Hall

TCC will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with a concert joined by our alumni and Conductor Emeritus Dr. Timothy Seelig as we present the amazing music that made the TCC the most renowned male chorus in the world.


April 23–25

Dallas City Performance Hall

TCC presents selections from our favorite friends from “across the pond” — The Beatles, Elton John, Adele, and, yes, even the Spice Girls! We won’t forget our more “serious” British composers, with works by Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.


May 1–2

Latino Cultural Center

Chamber Chorus and members of TCC present a festive concert of sizzling music celebrating the Latino culture. This concert will feature choral music from Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexican, and Spain.


June 19–21

Dallas City Performance Hall

Join us as we celebrate our founding decade of teased hair, baggy pants, and more! It’s also your chance to sing along with TCC for many of the songs. You know you’ll want to anyway.