In the wake of last week's deadly shootings, a massed choir performance will aim to unite Dallas through uplifting music. Everyone is welcome to sing at Dallas Sings/Dallas Strong on Thursday at the Meyerson Symphony Center, says event organizer and Credo Choir director Jonathan Palant.
He says the tragedy made him, like so many, feel helpless and wonder what he could do. He thought of the Leonard Bernstein quote, "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." And he started making plans.
"I have the ability and opportunity to bring people together in song, and I find great peace in building community that way," Palant says. "That's what I could do."
Singers from Credo Choir, the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas Independent School District, the Women's Chorus of Dallas, Cathedral of Hope, Temple Shalom and many other places of worship plan to participate. Popular local performers Ava Pine, Denise Lee, Paul Mason, Will Richey and Liz Mikel are among those on the bill, which will also include speakers.
The free, 90-minute performance will start at 7:30 p.m. People wishing to sing in the massed choir should enter the Meyerson through the glass doors on Flora Street by 5:30 p.m. for a rehearsal and follow signs leading to the stage. Sheet music will be distributed when rehearsal begins. Advance registration is not required, participation is free and attire for performers is business casual. Find more info on Credo at credochoir.org.