Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces GOSPEL GOES CLASSICAL

Featuring GRAMMY® Award Winner Marvin Winans, Guest Conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson, Full Orchestra & 200-Person Interfaith Chorale

Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 7:30 PM, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Proceeds to Benefit Project Unity.

(DALLAS, TX – November 20, 2018) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces the performance of Gospel Goes Classical, a one-night-only event benefitting Project Unity. Gospel Goes Classical will be performed at the beginning of Black History Month on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 7:30 PM at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

The DSO will be conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and artistic director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, a professional orchestra in Philadelphia. The featured artist will be GRAMMY® Award Winner and Pastor Marvin L. Winans from Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan, and member of the famed Winans family gospel singers. Joining the orchestra will be a 200-person, interfaith choir comprised of choruses from more than 20 religious and faith organizations in the community. The program will also feature a special tribute to the late Aretha Franklin’s gospel roots.

Tickets for Gospel Goes Classical start at $29, with a VIP package at $149 that includes a meet-and-greet with the artist, conductor and other dignitaries. Sponsorship packages are available through Project Unity to support the signature fundraiser. WFAA is the supporting television broadcast media sponsor.

Proceeds from Gospel Goes Classical will benefit Project Unity, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving race relations in Dallas-Fort Worth through community building programs. The collaborative movement brings together religious, business, civic, philanthropic, grassroots and government organizations, based on the faith-driven belief that what unites us is greater than what divides us.

“Music moves us and unites us across faiths, races, cultures and communities. Gospel Goes Classical illustrates our mission at Project Unity perfectly as we blend different musical genres and voices,” said Richie Butler, founder of Project Unity and senior pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church. “We’re honored the DSO has generously partnered with us to bring this soul-stirring evening to life and to introduce our signature fundraising event.”

“After I met with Pastor Butler, I knew that the DSO should be part of this project and its mission,” said Kim Noltemy, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony. “Project Unity is opening the door for conversations in our community, and those conversations are ignited by coming together through music.”

WHAT:            Gospel Goes Classical
Benefitting Project Unity

WHEN:            Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 7:30 PM

WHERE:          Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street

TICKETS:         Tickets begin at $29 and may be purchased at www.mydso.com or by calling DSO Guest Services at 214.TIX.4DSO

SPONSORS:    Corporate sponsorship information is available at www.projectunity.net.

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