Celebration of Singing | Dallas Symphony Chorus

Choirs from three local high schools joined the Dallas Symphony Chorus on October 8th at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas to mark the advent of the Chorus's 40th year (Anthony Mosley/Fort Worth Portrait Project).

A full house was on hand at the Meyerson Symphony Center on a Sunday afternoon for a free concert as Joshua Habermann conducted the Dallas Symphony Chorus in the first concert marking their 40th season of performing world-class choral music. The highlight of the free concert was the commissioned work by Jake Runestad, Proud Music from the Storm, along with Leonard Berstein’s Chichester Psalms, featuring the vocals of Master Eamon Sing of the Texas Boys Choir. Here was the complete program featuring composers and titles:

Paul Mealor
Let all the world in every corner sing

Jake Runestad
Proud music of the storm

Timothy C. Takach
One boy told me

Dale Warland
Always singing

Tarik O’Regan
Deus Misereatur from Dorchester Canticles

Leonard Berstein
Chichester Psalms

Keith Hampton
Praise His holy name

The Dallas Symphony Chorus was joined on selected numbers by choirs from the following north Texas schools:

The concert also featured the accompaniment of Bradly Hunter Welch (organ), Emily Levin (harp), Douglas Howard (percussion), and Jeff Lankov (piano).

Pre-Concert Choral Conversation

Composer Jake Runestad shares about his work, "Proud Music from the Storm," which was commissioned for the Dallas Symphony Chorus's 40th anniversary. Joining him from left to right were choir members Susan Wilson (Soprano 2) and Corey Kershaw (Tenor 1) along with Jamie Allen, Director of Education for the DSO.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Director of Education, Jamie Allen, facilitated a “Choral Conversation” with featured composer Jake Runestad and two members of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. The event was held in the Horschow Hall on the lower level of the Meyerson Symphony Center.

During the conversation, Jake Runestad described his commissioned work, Proud Music of the Storm: “Musically, it begins with this kind of fanfare idea, and the piano is this..DUM-dum-dum-dum–dum-dum-dum-da…so if you imagine brass playing this fanfare of ‘Proud music of the storm,’ which is the main theme of the piece, which comes back throughout. And then, after this fanfare, you are kind of launched into what I think of as a rushing river. And then we move into sleep, thinking about his mother’s voice and lullaby. I wanted that part to sound very familiar. And so, I wrote a lullaby melody that the choir sings. And…a little secret for you all…when the choir enters after the main melody, the sopranos and altos start singing the words, and it’s actually a play on the lullaby [that we all know]. So, I wanted it to feel familiar. It’s one of the sounds that’s part of my world, and I’m sure part of your worlds, your musical lives. And then at the end, we re-emerge with this shimmering texture of ‘Go forth,’ the energy to move forward, and then return to the fanfare at the end.”

Meyerson Symphony Center

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, featuring the architectural genius of I. M. Pei, opened in 1989. The venue seats 2,062, which is 6 more seats than the Ball Performance Hall in Fort Worth (Anthony Mosley/Fort Worth Portrait Project).

Dr. Anthony Mosley

Anthony is the founder of the Fort Worth Portrait Project (FWPP). He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs & Issues Management from Purdue University. After teaching for 16 years as a university faculty member at both Purdue and Indiana University, Anthony moved to Fort Worth and founded the FWPP in 2014.

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