The Texas Voices, Collin County’s first professional chamber chorus, concludes its sixth season with the concert, Old Music from the New World, on May 17, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at Mesquite Arts Center.
Three world premieres of compositions will be included: “The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle,” by Deborah Scroggins, “Scraping Up Sand from the Bottom of the Sea,” by Tom Council, and “I Got a Key,” by Dr. Joni Jensen.
Old Music from the New World will feature a collection of Early American folk songs, hymns and spirituals that trace back to European and African traditions as well as the three brand new pieces. Baritone David Grogan will perform as guest soloist and James Emery will perform as guest pianist.
The 22-member chorus, directed by Alan Dyer, will perform Sunday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway in Mesquite. Tickets are $22 regular, $15 for seniors (65+), and $10 for students and may be purchased online at www.thetexasvoices.org, at the door, or at 214-384-6336. A special offer of buy 2 get 2 free is available. Mesquite ISD students and teachers may purchase tickets at $5.
About The Texas Voices
Founded in December 2002, this 22-voice ensemble celebrates the choral tradition with a rich variety of music, from sacred to secular, classic to contemporary. Artistic Director Alan Dyer has gathered skilled singers from a broad range of backgrounds to create the first professional chamber chorus specifically serving North Dallas and Collin County. Dyer brings to the combination a musical sensitivity that places The Texas Voices among the top echelon of choruses nationwide. Its first CD, “Voices Live,” was released in 2008. Deborah Scroggins, composer-in-residence, has recently been published by Oxford University Press.
About Alan Dyer, Artistic Director
Alan Dyer has been a choral director, performer, and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for more than 20 years. In addition to directing The Texas Voices, Dyer is a member of the music faculty at Texas Woman’s University, is a music associate at First Unitarian Church of Dallas, and the principal accompanist of the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas. Dyer earned a master of music degree from Southern Methodist University and bachelor of arts degree in piano performance from Dallas Baptist University. He also has completed doctoral courses at the University of North Texas. Dyer is active in the American and Texas Choral Directors Associations.
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