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Arts / Performing Arts

Dallas Gets a Free Concert with Serious Music Chops

Symphony Teams Up with Street Choir

BY // 01.05.18

Something to add to your calendar this month: the Dallas Chamber Symphony is teaming up with the Dallas Street Choir for a free community concert on January 20. “Crossroads: Exploring the Sounds Between” will feature a varied musical program, including the world premiere of Crossroads by Composer-in-residence Dr. Douglas Buchanan, musical films from the orchestra’s annual Sight of Sound International Film Fest, and a moving art installation of homeless signs by artist and professor Willie Baronet, well-known for his We Are All Homeless project and Signs of Humanity documentary.

The program will also include solos by Ebonee Thomas and Danny Goldman on Saint-Saens’ Tarantella for flute and clarinet.

The event aims to explore the connection between music composition, performance, community participation and consumption.

“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,” said Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Richard McKay in a statement. “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.”

Buchanan, who received funding by the TACA Bowden and Embrey Family Foundation Artist Residency Fund, is finishing an 18-month residency in collaboration with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. He was commissioned to write three new works during his residency, including Crossroads. The program also supports the Dallas Chamber Symphony community engagement programs for local homeless citizens and at-risk youth.

The Dallas Street Choir, founded in 2014 and based out of The Stewpot, offers a musical outlet for homeless and severely disadvantaged people of Dallas.

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Dr. Buchanan is a Dallas native whose father served many years as Executive Director of The Stewpot. The composer is passionate about helping the homeless, making him a perfect candidate to expand the symphony’s mission.

Crossroads: Exploring the Sounds Between will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 8 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall. The event is free and tickets may be reserved online.

The concert is backed 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.

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