A Cappella Choir Joins DSO in Gershwin Tribute

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Later this month, The University of Texas at Arlington students will lend their voices to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to legendary composer George Gershwin.

The A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Associate Professor Karen Kenaston-French (Music), will join the DSO Jan. 22-24 at Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Tickets start at $34 and are available at www.mydso.com.

The concert features the best of Gershwin’s music, including: Lullaby, Cuban Overture, Funny Face and selections from Porgy and Bess. Conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead a talented group that includes soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme and bass-baritone Kevin Deas. The A Cappella Choir will be featured on the closing selection, “Porgy and Bess: Concert Highlights.”

This is the choral group’s second appearance with the DSO. In 2012, the A Cappella Choir formed the chorus for the program, Masters of Film: the Music of Michael Giacchino.

Supporting larger musical groups is nothing new for the A Cappella Choir. In June 2015, members of the choir appeared with the Rolling Stones in concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Over the past few years, the group has also garnered national attention. In February 2015, the choir appeared at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City. The UTA choir has been selected to perform at the Southwestern Division Conference of ACDA this March at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall in Kansas City, Mo.

In 2013, the choir released its first CD, “The Road Home,” which has been broadcast nationally on NPR’s “With Heart and Voice,” and was named a finalist in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Performance. The choir also gave an invited performance at the February 2014 state convention of the Texas Music Educators Association, the largest convention of its kind in the country.

For more about the upcoming Gershwin tribute concert, including times and ticket packages, visit the DSO website.

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