January 20th, 2018, 8PM at Moody Performance Hall
2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 (map it)
Main Event at 8:00 PM
This free community concert is an invitation to Dallas citizens to explore “the sounds between” via a composer residency and world premiere made possible in part by The TACA Bowdon & Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund. Composer-in-residence, Dr. Douglas Buchanan, has written a new work for a collaborative performance between the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Dallas Street Choir. The program will also feature Sight of Sound Festival Films with live orchestral accompaniment, as well as solos from DCS musicians Ebonee Thomas and Danny Goldman.
Richard McKay, conductor
Douglas Buchanan, composer-in-residence
Dallas Street Choir, guest performing arts group
Jonathan Palant, Dallas Street Choir founder & director
Willie Baronet, narrator, artist, creator of We Are All Homeless
Tickets By Phone
9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday Voicemails also accepted.
General Admission: Free
At the Door
The box office opens onsite 90 minutes before the event start time. Save time by ordering in advance, online or by phone.
What People Are Saying
"McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."
"...the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Bruce Wood Dance Company...make an ideal cultural ambassador for the city to major urban centers in the United States and beyond."
"Best Way to Watch A Silent Film 2014: ...they showed us that there’s nothing quite like watching a movie to the sound of a live orchestra."
"The mostly young ensemble of two dozen strings responded with performances as eager and expressive as they were accomplished."
"For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching."
"…the orchestra here demonstrated a continually improving precision and comfort in a room that can be unforgiving. The Warlock Suite provided ample opportunity for McKay to show off a wonderful ability to evoke the special atmosphere, at once modern and archaic, that the composer created here."
"Renaissance harmonies abounded, tinged with just the right spice of 20th Century dissonance and bi-tonality. It was brought out at just the right level by McKay."
"The pointed intentionality of last night's programming, which initially looked like a musical mishmash, was to breathe new life into the old. And the structure of it was brilliant: 'Here's something you'll know. Here's something you should know. And here's something fun, so you leave feeling elated.'"
"The Dallas Chamber Symphony is nothing if not ambitious."
"This combination of old and new elements helped transport the audience to a different time and place without over-doing musical clichés."
"The audience was drawn into the film from the start, bursting into laughter and interacting with the story audibly."
"On Tuesday night, the Dallas Chamber Symphony proved they know exactly how to create a well-executed, interactive and entertaining live music/film screening experience."
"They have some incredible talent in their midst."
"There were a lot of excited whispers and shoulder grabs as people stood up to leave. I rarely see crowds so invigorated after classical productions."
"If we want to keep classical music relevant, we need to fuse it naturally with our other passions. It should be an accompaniment to our lives, not just a fancy auditory meal gobbled up occasionally while wearing fine clothes. The Dallas Chamber Symphony is making that happen."
"Shows like this reinforce that I'm on board; I'll see anything this group and its artistic director Richard McKay tries…"
"Dallas Chamber Symphony has, along with the presentation of a fresh and widely varied repertoire of standard and non-standard works, carved a notable niche on the local scene…"
"The orchestra and conductor McKay deserve hearty accolades for this ongoing silent cinema project, with hope that it will continue to enrich the local scene in upcoming seasons."
"McKay had a great sense for the tempo and character of the piece, which was clearly chosen to show off Takagi's technical and artistic skill."
"As they had been all night, phrases were beautifully shaped. Throughout the performance there was palpable emotion in the playing and ultimately that intangible -- artistic sensibility -- is what made this concert a success."
"The conductor’s long-term vision is precisely the kind of eclectic and occasionally challenging classical group Dallas really needs."
"Everything from the first note was locked in rhythmic precision, and difficult passages were clear, focused, and musical..."
"The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming."
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Hailed for his “sense of creative imperative” (David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer), and “ability to get under the skin of [the music’s] core material” (Carol Main, The Scotsman), Douglas Buchanan’s compositions have been praised for being “filled with terrific orchestral color and weight, not to mention feeling” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun). Buchanan currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he serves as Composition Faculty at Dickinson College, Music Theory and Musicology Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, Director of Music at St. David’s Episcopal Church, and Artistic Director of the Maryland Choral Society. Buchanan has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Symphony in C Young Composer’s Award, the Macht Prize for Outstanding Orchestral Score, a Baltimore Symphony Young Composer’s Reading, and an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award. An active scholar, recent notable conference appearances have included presentations and performances at the 2015 College Music Society International Conference in Helsinki, Finland (presenting on the structural aspects of orchestration and timbre in Jean Sibelius’ fourth symphony), a paper and a lecture recital at the Ecomusicologies 2014 conference, was the recipient of the 2013 Lowens Award for Outstanding Graduate Research from the American Musicological Society Capital Chapter, and served as summer faculty at the Chautauqua Institute. As an educator, Buchanan has taught and lectured at institutions ranging from liberal arts colleges to state universities to conservatories. In addition to his work at Peabody and Dickinson, he has taught composition at Towson University (where he co-founded the Towson Symphony Young Composers Readings), has served as a composition mentor for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Student Composers Readings, and has given guest lectures at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, SUNY Fredonia, and the Shenandoah Conservatory. An advocate for musical outreach, he has taught as part of the Junior Bach program at Peabody, and has begun a Street Choir program in Baltimore. You are invited to visit www.dbcomposer.com to learn more.
Willie Baronet was the owner and creative director of GroupBaronet (now MasonBaronet) from 1992-2006. His design and advertising work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, New York Art Directors, The One Show, Print Casebooks, Annual Report Trends, The Type Directors Club and Annual Report Design: A Historical Retrospective 1510-1990, organized by the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design.
In 2013 he was given the AIGA Fellow award, the highest honor an AIGA chapter can bestow upon one of its members. He has spoken to various business and creative organizations over the years, including TEDxSMU, and has judged many creative competitions including the prestigious Communication Arts Annual.
Willie graduated with an MFA in Arts and Technology from UTD in 2011. His art has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including “Art as a Medium for Action” at Hoxton Arches, London and Pembroke College, Cambridge, “Truth to Power” in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention, the 15th Annual “No Dead Artists” at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, LA, “INVASIONEN/ INVASIONS” at the Galerie Carolyn Heinz in Hamburg, Germany, and the “500XPO 2012” at 500X in Dallas. He has also had a number of solo exhibitions across the U.S., and is currently a member of the art collectives “In Cooperation With Muscle Nation” and “CircleWerk.”
Willie has been buying and collecting homeless signs since 1993 as part of a long term art project titled “WE ARE ALL HOMELESS.” In 2014 he began a 31-day cross country trip to buy signs in 24 cities, which was the subject of the documentary Signs of Humanity, which premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival and has been accepted into 6 additional festivals. The project has been featured in dozens of international and local media, including Yahoo! News, NPR – All Things Considered, The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera America and Fast Company’s blog, posted by Katie Couric. An UpWorthy video about the project that was uploaded on August 31, 2015 has been viewed over 6.4 million times.
Willie is a 1982 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has taught advertising design at Brookhaven Community College, Texas A&M at Commerce, TCU, and has served as visiting faculty for the MA Program at Syracuse University.
Willie is currently the Stan Richards Professor of Creative Advertising at SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute, where he teaches classes related to creativity and portfolio development.
The Dallas Street Choir offers a musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness and severe disadvantage.
Through community engagement and public performance, the Dallas Street Choir seeks to improve the way society views those experiencing homelessness. Our model demonstrates that participation in a consistent, structured, safe, and creatively engaging environment better equips individuals experiencing homelessness to find a job, housing and improve their overall lifestyle. For our members, we aim to provide: practical musicianship training; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope. For those with capacity to serve—volunteers, donors, community and corporate partners—we seek to engage you in the profound experience of empowering individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of singing.
The Dallas Street Choir, a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by Dr. Jonathan Palant in October 2014. To date, over 1,200 individuals have attended at least one of our weekly rehearsals amassing more than 8,000 hours of cultural enrichment. In addition to presenting concerts at The Stewpot and the newly-built amphitheater adjacent to The Stewpot, the Dallas Street Choir has performed at the Winspear Opera House, the Dallas City Performance Hall, the George W. Bush Presidential Library, at both public and private schools, and at a variety of many venues throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Dallas Street Choir has performed alongside opera stars Frederica von Stade and Joyce DiDonato, composer Jake Heggie, and, in November 2015, welcomed Mrs. Laura Bush and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Perot to our stage. In June 2017, the Dallas Street Choir will perform at Carnegie Hall and The Washington National Cathedral.
The Dallas Street Choir strives to offer an otherwise marginalized community of people a place to experience art, and specifically choral music. Our members come from all walks of life: 68% stay in shelters while 23% live on the streets; nearly half are in their forties and fifties; two-thirds have high school diplomas, and 64% are African American. The the tagline for the Dallas Street Choir is “Homeless, Not Voiceless.”
Rehearsals are held every Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The hour-long rehearsal begins with a group warm-up sequence structured to provide vocal instruction, as well as an opportunity to focus one’s body, mind, and spirit. The remainder of the hour is spent learning and perfecting our performance repertoire. Singers are given word sheets and they learn melodies by rote. No sheet music is used. At the conclusion of the hour, singers are dismissed by row to receive a snack (usually a fruit bar or two and a bag of chips), as well as a public transportation voucher.