Dallas Symphony Chorus Celebrates 40th Anniversary

All-Volunteer Ensemble of Over 200 Members Celebrates With Events Throughout The 2017/18 Season, Including Free Concert On October 8

Dallas, TX (August 24, 2017) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 2017/18 season marks the 40th anniversary of the Dallas Symphony Chorus (DSC). As the official vocal ensemble of the DSO, the 200-plus members of the DSC volunteer hundreds of hours each season making music around North Texas. Over the past 40 years, these singers have participated in over 1,000 performances beginning with their debut on September 23, 1977, in a performance of Mozart’s Mass in C minor.

Joshua Habermann, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus Director, has worked with the DSC since 2010. Now in his seventh season, he has encouraged the growth of the ensemble. “Since coming to the DSC I have seen the group increase not only in quantity, but also refinement,” said Habermann.  “Many large choruses can sing with power, but the few that also sing with finesse and sensitivity set themselves apart at the top echelon of choral ensembles.”

Laura Seale, DSC member since 1978, says “I love working together to perform some of the finest music ever composed, and the team spirit is important to me as well.”

“Choral singing exposes us to beauty,” said Habermann. “The sound of voices raised in song together can speak directly to our emotional core.”

The celebration kicks off with a free concert on October 8, 2017, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. A Celebration of Singing will feature choral works sung by the DSC alongside three Dallas-area high school choirs. The program will include a newly commissioned choral work by American composer Jake Runestad, written especially for the Dallas Symphony Chorus, as well as Bernstein’s beloved Chichester Psalms.  This event is free and open to the public.

In addition, the DSC will present events each month throughout the season designed for choral music lovers. These events will include film screenings, academic seminars, open rehearsals, special performances and more, culminating in a tour of Sweden, Estonia and Finland.  For more information and to join us at these events, visit mydso.com/chorus40.

Joshua Habermann is available for interviews upon request.


Calendar of events during the 2017/18 season:

 

DECEMBER

WHAT: Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops
WHEN: December 1-17, 2017
WHERE: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. | Dallas, TX | 75201
PURCHASE: Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased by visiting mdso.com or calling 214.849.4376.

 

JANUARY

WHAT: Duruflé Requiem: Preparing a Masterpiece — An academic seminar for lovers of choral music on the history and performance practices of Duruflé’s masterwork, which will be                 presented by the DSO in  April 2018. Lectures will be led by DSC Director Joshua Habermann and Alan Raines, Director of Music at Highland Park First Methodist Church.

WHEN: January 27, 2018, Time TBD

WHERE: Horchow Conference Room, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. | Dallas, TX | 75201

PURCHASE: This event is free and open to the public. Go to www.dschorus.com to reserve your spot.

 

FEBRUARY

WHAT: Performances of Mahler Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
WHEN: February 23-25, 2018 at 7:30 PM, 2:30 PM on Sunday
WHERE: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. | Dallas, TX | 75201
PURCHASE: Tickets will go on sale later this summer.

 

APRIL

WHAT: Duruflé Requiem Open Rehearsal
WHEN: April 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. | Dallas, TX | 75201
PURCHASE: This event is free and open to the public. Go to www.dschorus.com to reserve your spot.

 

MAY

WHAT: Performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
WHEN: May 24-26, 2018 at 7:30 PM, 2:30 PM on Sunday
WHERE: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. | Dallas, TX | 75201
PURCHASE: Tickets will go on sale later this summer.

 

JUNE

WHAT: Performance of DSC tour program
WHEN: June 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM
WHERE: East Dallas Christian Church, 629 N. Peak St. | Dallas, TX
PURCHASE: This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Tour of Sweden, Estonia and Finland, where the DSC will perform in prestigious venues.
WHEN: June 7-17, 2018


ABOUT THE DALLAS SYMPHONY CHORUS 
The Dallas Symphony Chorus is the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1977, this all-volunteer organization consists of members who devote their time, effort and talent to regularly scheduled rehearsals and performances with the Dallas Symphony, as well as appearances across the United States and with orchestras in venues around the world. The 2017/18 season marks Joshua Habermann’s seventh year as Chorus Director in the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair. The chorus has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall ten times and made its fourth tour to the European continent in 2014, with performances in Spain and Aix-en-Provence, France. Recording highlights of the Dallas Symphony Chorus include the critically acclaimed Daphinis et Chloè by Ravel (RCA), Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (ProArte), Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky (Dorian), and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 (DSO Live). The 2012 recording of Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964 garnered a GRAMMY® nomination for the composer.  In 2017/18 the chorus marks its 40th anniversary season with a slate of concerts and free community events entitled “A Celebration of Singing.” For more information and audition information please visit: www.dschorus.com.

ABOUT JOSHUA HABERMANN
The 2017/18 season marks Joshua Habermann’s seventh year as Chorus Director in the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Habermann is also Music Director of The Desert Chorale, a professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to his DSO appointment, Habermann was assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, where he prepared the chorus for performances with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Charles Dutoit. Habermann has appeared in numerous conferences and festivals, including international engagements in Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica, Germany, Czech Republic, France, China, and Singapore. A passionate advocate for music education, Habermann has served on the faculties at San Francisco State University and the University of Miami, and worked with young singers and conductors in master classes and workshops throughout the United States and abroad.  He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas.

ABOUT THE DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 230,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and it is a cornerstone of the unique, 68 acre Arts District in downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.

 

Media Contacts:

Denise McGovern, d.mcgovern@dalsym.com, 214.871.4024
Chelsey Norris, c.norris@dalsym.com, 214.871.4063

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