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Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas Opens Season at Mesquite Arts Center

In a program highlighting the talents of local composer, Dede Duson, the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) will launch its 2013-14 season with a concert at the Mesquite Arts Center on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.  The concert, which will feature CCGD’s Concert I, Women’s Youth, and Youth Choruses, will be led by conductors Cynthia Nott, Kelly Pfaffenberger, and Nora Henson, respectively.  The concert, entitled What We Have Once Enjoyed, will also include works by Morton Lauridsen, René Clausen, and more.

The concert’s featured composer, Dede Duson, is a Texas native who lives in Dallas.  After receiving a Bachelor of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music at the University of Houston, she taught piano and theory, served as a church organist, and accompanied various groups including the Houston Symphony Chorus, Texas All-State Choir, and Mesquite Civic Chorus. According to CCGD Artistic Director, Cynthia Nott, “Respectful of nature, and exhibiting profound joy for beauty in nature, Dede’s music is both intimate (but not small) and complex.  I have always found her music to be completely approachable and singularly significant. Dede’s artistry and gentle spirit is a constant reminder of the first part of CCGD’s mission:  to provide our singers an experience in choral artistry and excellence.”

The concert is dedicated to Mike Templeton, Managing Director of the Mesquite Arts Center in recognition of the years of service he has brought to the city of Mesquite.  Templeton will retire from his position in January of 2014.  Chris Collins, CCGD Executive Director, stated “Mike’s faithful support and service to the arts has provided CCGD with many priceless opportunities to sing in one of the most outstanding choral halls in the country, the Mesquite Arts Center.  This extraordinary space has meant a great deal to CCGD; in fact, the Mesquite Arts Center housed CCGD’s very first performance in 1997 and has hosted us nearly every year since.  We are thankful to Mike for all that he has done for CCGD and wish him a wonderful retirement.”  Speaking of the concert dedication, Templeton remarked “An association with truly honorable people, gifted artists, musicians and actors has been rewarding – but a gift of immeasurable value is hearing the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas in concert.”

This performance is made possible through support of the Dede Duson Endowment as created by Jean Rogers Winchell and the Mesquite Arts Council.  The Mesquite Arts Center is owned by the City of Mesquite and managed by the Mesquite Arts Council.  $10 General admission tickets are available online at

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas

Now entering its 17th season, the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) is one of America’s largest and most prestigious youth choral programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Cynthia Nott, CCGD is dedicated to providing Dallas-area young people with opportunities to study and perform choral music at the highest level of artistic excellence, in a group that reflects the region’s ethnic and economic diversity. CCGD’s nine choral ensembles serve nearly 500 children and teens in grades 4–12, drawn from 43 communities throughout a 33-mile radius of downtown Dallas. Approximately 3,900 patrons annually attend CCGD’s season concerts, held at Dallas’ world-class Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Through ancillary regional performances, national and international tours, and community engagement initiatives—including Outreach Chorus Tours, Summer Singing Camp, and learning partnerships with the Dallas Independent School District—CCGD extends the enrichment of choral music to up to 24,000 additional children, youth, and adults each year.

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