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.