Full disclosure: I’m a member of Credo Choir, Dallas’ only ecumenical, faith-based volunteer choir, directed by the brilliant Jonathan Palant (formerly of the Turtle Creek Chorale) and hosted by Kessler Park United Methodist Church. We comprise a variety of religions and come from various churches, but we unite in our ministry: to worship and praise God through song. In January, we sang the Western Hemisphere premiere of Street Requiem (written in honor of those who have died while living on the street) joined by the Australian composers and with renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade as our female soloist. Jonathan also conducts the Dallas Street Choir, at downtown’s Stewpot ministry, and this Sunday at 3 p.m. we’ll all come together for something VERY special. Special in MANY ways, some of which will be a surprise for just about everyone there.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The venue has been changed from the outdoor Encore Park Amphitheater to the Stewpot, on the same block, at 508 Park Ave. downtown, just south of Young Street. Plenty of free parking will be available at the First Presbyterian Church (the Stewpot is its ministry) garage right across Young Street. The concert itself is also free, and the more the merrier.
We’ll present the concert I Can Dream, which will feature music by the Dallas Street Choir (made entirely of people who have been or are currently homeless). I don’t know what they’re planning, repertoire-wise, but I can promise it’ll be fabulous. Credo Choir will also perform songs from the repertoire planned for our upcoming cultural mission trip to Iceland, in June. We travel every summer to share musical experiences with choirs and audiences abroad — in 2013, Cuba; in 2014, Latvia, Estonia and Finland; this year, Iceland; next year, Australia.
So, to recap: Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m. at 508 Park Ave., downtown Dallas. Free. Be there. No poncho necessary; we’ll be inside. For more information, visit credochoir.org or dallasstreetchoir.org, or check out the Facebook pages for each organization.