Free Concert at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center Thursday

Why hold such a concert? Leonard Bernstein said, "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before"

The community is invited to join together at a free concert of uplifting and healing music on Thursday at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Led by Credo, a Dallas-based community choir, and in partnership with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Dallas wings, Dallas Strong is a musical response to the tragedy that occurred on July 7.

"We cannot sit idly by hoping change will come while doing nothing. We have been given a voice and we are going to use it," said Jonathan Palant, founder and director of Credo.

Singers from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area will participate in a massed choir performance.

"We have invited members of every church, synagogue, and community choir in the Metroplex to join us not only in singing out against violence, but also to sing out for peace, love, and unity. The Dallas Police Choir has also been extended an invitation to perform," said Jonathan Palant, founder and director of Credo. "Already, we know of singers from the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas Independent School District, Cathedral of Hope, Temple Shalom, and from many churches who plan to join this massed choir."

Due to the nature of this event and the short planning time available, not all performers have been finalized, but the current roster includes appearances by local opera star Ava Pine and Dallas favorites Denise Lee, Paul Mason, and Liz Mikel.

Several speakers, both religious and lay leaders, will offer thoughts and words of encouragement.

Anyone wishing to sing in the massed choir is asked to enter the Meyerson Symphony Center through the glass doors on Flora Street by 5:30 p.m. and follow signage toward the stage. There is no pre-registration. Sheet music will be distributed at the start of rehearsal. There is no charge to sing and all singers are welcome. Attire for performers is business casual.

Dallas Sings/Dallas Strong
7 p.m. on July 14
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street in Dallas

Kimberly Richard is a North Texan with a passion for the arts. She’s worked with Theatre Three, Inc. and interned for the English National Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company. She graduated from Austin College and currently lives in Garland with her very pampered cocker spaniel, Tessa.

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