Verizon Renews Sponsorship of Turtle Creek Chorale's Annual Televised Holiday Concert

DALLAS - For the second year in a row, Verizon will sponsor the Turtle Creek Chorale's televised holiday special. This year's concert, "Signs of Joy," will be shown on WFAA-TV (Channel 8), the ABC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth, on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. CST.

Now in its 24th season, the Turtle Creek 225-member men's chorus has gained an international reputation. All members of the chorus are volunteers and commit more than 100,000 hours per year to rehearsals, service projects and benefit performances.

"The sponsorship of the Turtle Creek Chorale's annual holiday concert is a perfect way for Verizon to share the joy of the season with our customers in North Texas," said Ed Miller, executive director, Verizon multicultural marketing. "Anyone who has enjoyed a performance of the chorale understands the underlying message of sharing our special gifts for the greater good of our communities. These men generously lend the gift of music to our community."

The chorale is known for its eclectic and spectacular performances. Its repertoire draws on influences from Bach to Broadway, from the sacred to the secular. The chorale has performed to sold-out audiences in Barcelona, Berlin and Prague, and has appeared twice in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Distinguished audiences have included President George H.W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II. The group has recorded 30 compact discs.

"With a mission to build bridges to an awareness, understanding and respect for our shared humanity, we continue to present the finest male chorale music while promoting harmony and spreading goodwill throughout the community," said Timothy Seelig, the chorale's artistic director.

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