The work composed for chamber orchestra and male choir features music by Philadelphia-based composer Robert Moran and a libretto by James Skofield. It was originally commissioned by the Seattle Men's Chorus in 1995 and has subsequently been performed in Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Turtle Creek press notes describe the action: "The scene is London, 1895, British poet and novelist Oscar Wilde has just been arrested for homosexual acts. On this same night, over 600 men fled London fearing their own persecution. Night Passage [is a] haunting, lavish, rich, and truly romantic experience for audiences."
The 35-minute piece formed the 2nd half of the Turtle Creek Chorale's concert evening.
The first half of the concert featured the group in a program entitled Here Today, Gone Tomorrow... Always Aspire! which included musical selections by such artists as Cy Coleman, Andre Thomas, David Conte and Claude-Michel Sch‹nberg.
"Education is one of the four pillars of our mission," says Artistic Director Dr. Jonathan Palant. "My goal is to educate the audience about Wilde and what he was about. The readings all have to do with the musical selections on the first half."
The Turtle Creek Chorale is an all male chorus in Dallas. Founded in 1980, the Chorale has over 200 members who volunteer more than 100,000 hours annually among rehearsals and service projects for those in their communities. The TCC has released 36 compact discs featuring their musical talent and was the subject of an award-winning documentary in 2005 titled The Power of Harmony.
Under the guidance of Dr. Palant, the Chorale will continue its performance season June 22 with On the Air!, a program dedicated to the golden era of radio.
For further information and tickets, visit www.turtlecreek.org
Below is a look at Night Passage, which was performed March 16 and 19 at Dallas' Meyerson Symphony Center:
All photos by Michael McGary.