Exploring the Sounds Between with “Crossroads” and world-premiere by Douglas Buchanan

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DALLAS – January 3, 2018 – A thoughtfully-provoking, sensory-stimulating evening awaits on Saturday, January 20, with the free community concert, “Crossroads: Exploring the Sounds Between,” made possible by The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and National Endowment for the Arts. The world premiere of Crossroads by Composer-in-residence Dr. Douglas Buchanan unites the musical talent of the Dallas Chamber Symphony led by Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Richard McKay and the Dallas Street Choir led by Founder and Director Dr. Jonathan Palant. The concert, whose thrust is to explore the “interface between music composition, performance, community participation and consumption” through a composer residency, will also incorporate three musical films from the orchestra’s annual Sight of Sound International Film Fest, a varied musical program including solos by Ebonee Thomas and Danny Goldman on Saint-Saens’ Tarantella for flute and clarinet, and an art installation of homeless signs by artist and professor Willie Baronet, nationally-renowned for his We Are All Homeless project and Signs of Humanity documentary.

“Our mission at Dallas Chamber Symphony is to engage and enrich people’s lives by sharing in the discovery, creation, and exploration of great music through innovative and imaginative concerts,” says McKay. “The Crossroads concert will let us engage communities that do not ordinarily participate in or have access to the fine arts, including those most underserved.”

Dr. Buchanan, one of three recipients to receive funding by the TACA Bowden and Embrey Family Foundation Artist Residency Fund, is finishing an extensive eighteen-month residency in collaboration with Dallas Chamber Symphony through which he has been commissioned to write three new works, including his upcoming debut, Crossroads. Buchanan’s residency activities, designed in large part by Robin Korevaar (DCS Development Director) to enhance and extend the orchestra’s outreach and education initiatives, involves the community through lectures and workshops for local emerging composers, as well as interactive public events that encourage the exploration of music making and listening. The program also supports Dallas Chamber Symphony’s community engagement programs for local homeless citizens and “at-risk” youth.

Dr. Buchanan is the perfect candidate for the residency and to expand the mission of Dallas Chamber Symphony. Recognized for his “sense of creative imperative” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and for music “filled with terrific orchestral color and weight, not to mention feeling,” (The Baltimore Sun), Dr. Buchanan is an active composer, conductor, performer, and educator in the Baltimore/D.C, area.

A native of Dallas, however, Dr. Buchanan also has a passion for helping the homeless, as his father served many years as Executive Director of The Stewpot, one of the longest-running homeless and at-risk service centers in Dallas. When McKay, a colleague of Buchanan’s while at the Peabody Conservatory, reached out to Dr. Buchanan about the residency program, he couldn’t refuse. He readily offered to write “home-town homage for the music and ministries of downtown… [which are] near and dear to [his] heart.”

The Dallas Street Choir, founded by Dr. Jonathan Palant in 2014, offers a musical outlet for the city’s homeless and severely disadvantage. The organization has received national recognition, performing at Carnegie Hall, Winspear Opera House, Moody Performance Hall, George Bush Presidential Library, its home base at The Stewpot, and many other notable venues.

Dr. Barbara Vance (DCS Communications Director) forged a collaboration with Artist Willie Baronet to install We Are All Homeless, a public art exhibition of homeless signs at the event. Baronet has bought and collected over 1,400 signs from people on the streets for the past 24 years and uses them to create art installations to raise awareness and compassion and to provoke conversations about people on the streets in hopes to inspire others to find and implement solutions to the many causes of homelessness. 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 seven additional festivals. He has done exhibits featuring these signs across the U.S. and in the UK. The project has been featured in dozens of international and local media, including Yahoo! News, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Buzzfeed, and Fast Company, among others.

Tickets and Event Listing

Web Site: https://www.dcsymphony.org/concert-tickets/2017-18-season-schedule/crossroads/

“Crossroads: Exploring the Sounds Between” will be held on Saturday, January 20, at 8:00 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall located at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. The concert is free. Tickets may be reserved by calling (214) 449-1294 or online at www.dcsymphony.org. Walk-up tickets available in the lobby.

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