Photo of Dallas Street Choir members in formalwear by Mark Mullaney
The Dallas Street Choir is a unique choir composed of displaced men and women in Dallas, Texas. It’s a joint collaboration between The Stewpot, a Dallas-area soup kitchen founded by First Presbyterian Church, and CREDO, a choral ministry of Dallas’ Kessler Park United Methodist Church. These groups are ecumenical partners in providing various services for people experiencing homelessness and displacement.
NPR has a touching story about some of the participants who performed to a sold out crowd in the Dallas City Performance Hall. One of the men was going to wear a tuxedo for the first time in a long time.
From the story (audo and transcript):
Hotel rooms have been donated and the women will sing in custom-made evening gowns, the men in tuxes. Rodriguez’s eyes light up at the prospect — a night on the town, the star of the show.
“I mean, I haven’t been in a tux since I got married,” Rodriguez says. “That was a long, long time ago.”
The following video, filmed and edited by Jonathan Palant, opened the concert. It’s a short, powerful piece where the members of the Choir get to tell their stories, and talk about what inclusion in the Choir means for them.
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