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.