Free Concert Will Merge Music, Community & Homeless Art

The program seeks to explore the “interface between music composition, performance, community participation, and consumption.”

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Douglas Buchanan

Music lovers have an opportunity to hear an original work presented in a unique way during a free concert this week.

“Crossroads: Exploring the Sounds Between,” will showcase the world premiere of Crossroads by composer-in-residence Douglas Buchanan, combining the musical talent of the Dallas Chamber Symphony led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, and the Dallas Street Choir led by Founder and Director Jonathan Palant.

Douglas Buchanan is the son of Bruce Buchanan, the longtime executive director of The Stewpot, who recently retired from the Dallas homeless outreach nonprofit. The Dallas Street Choir, which meets at The Stewpot, is made up of homeless people and last summer, made its debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“The Crossroads concert will let us engage communities that do not ordinarily participate in or have access to the fine arts, including those most underserved.”
Richard McKay

The Jan. 20 program aims to explore the “interface between music composition, performance, community participation, and consumption,” according to a release.

It is made possible by The Arts Community Alliance Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and National Endowment for the Arts. 

“Our mission at Dallas Chamber Symphony is to engage and enrich people’s lives by sharing in the discovery, creation, and exploration of great music through innovative and imaginative concerts,” McKay said in the release. “The Crossroads concert will let us engage communities that do not ordinarily participate in or have access to the fine arts, including those most underserved.”

CONCERT FEATURES HOMELESS ART INSTALLATION

It will incorporate three musical films from the orchestra’s annual Sight of Sound International Film Fest, as wells as a diverse musical program including solos by Ebonee Thomas and Danny Goldman on Saint-Saens’ Tarantella for flute and clarinet, and an art installation of homeless signs by artist and professor Willie Baronet, who is nationally-known for his We Are All Homeless project and Signs of Humanity documentary. 

IF YOU GO

Crossroads: Exploring the Sounds Between

When: 8 p.m. Jan. 20

Where: Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., in Dallas

More Info: To reserve tickets, call 214-449-1294 or go online at the the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s website. Walk-up tickets will be available in the lobby.

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A violinist performs with the Dallas Chamber Symphony. [Photo courtesy of Dallas Chamber Symphony]

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