We’ve written a lot in the past about Jonathan Palant — former artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale and lately founder of the choral groups Dallas Street Choir and Credo. Those groups, especially the Dallas Street Choir, bring music to the masses in the most ecumenical of ways, as in employing many homeless people in the process of creating song.
Now, a national organization has recognized his efforts as well. The group Musical America Worldwide has named Palant one of its 2016 Innovators of the Year — a list that also includes Jonathan Friend (artistic administrator of New York’s Metropolitan Opera), Robert Spano (conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Stephen Wadsworth (director of opera at The Jiulliard School) and also Jonathan’s older brother Bill, managing director of Etude Arts.
“I am thrilled to be listed among so many artists whose musical imagination and impact I admire,” Jonathan Palant said in response.
Next up for who DSC and Credo will be a tour to perform in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral, in June. (The honorary chairs for the NYC concert include Whoopie Goldberg, Jake Heggie, Stephen Schwartz, Frederica von Stade, Audra McDonald and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings.)
Congrats to Palant and his singers.