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What a Wonderful World

When: Sat, May 11, 2019 - 2:30 & 7:30 PM
Where: Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
Guest Artist: Dallas Street Choir and Artistic Director Jonathan Palant

 Even with the difficulties in our world today truth, love, hope, and joy can be found if you simply open your eyes. There's no better way to spread the power of positivity than through song! The Contemporary Chorale and special guests, the Dallas Street Choir and Artistic Director Jonathan Palant, will touch your heart with their musical message. The amazing Paul Langford has been commissioned to do a special arrangement of "What a Wonderful World".

Guest Artist


The Dallas Street Choir was founded by Dr. Jonathan Palant in October 2014. To date, nearly 2,000 individuals have attended at least one of our weekly rehearsals amassing more than 10,000 hours of cultural enrichment. In addition to presenting concerts at The Stewpot and the newly-built amphitheater adjacent to The Stewpot, the Dallas Street Choir has performed at the Winspear Opera House, the Dallas City Performance Hall, the George W. Bush Presidential Library, at both public and private schools, and at a variety of many venues throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The Dallas Street Choir strives to offer an otherwise marginalized community of people a place to experience art, and specifically choral music. Our members come from all walks of life: 68% stay in shelters while 23% live on the streets; nearly half are in their forties and fifties; two-thirds have high school diplomas, and 64% are African American. The the tagline for the Dallas Street Choir is “Homeless, Not Voiceless.”


Dr. Jonathan Palant is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at Dallas and is founder and conductor of both Credo, a 115-member community choir, and the Dallas Street Choir. In addition, Dr. Palant is minister of music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church and is employed by the Dallas Independent School District to mentor middle and high school vocal music teachers.


  • Come Alive - The Greatest Showman
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • You Will Be Found - Dear Evan Hanson
  • Humble and Kind
  • Brotherhood of Man - How to Succeed in Business . . .
  • Beautiful City - Godspell
  • You Raise Me Up
  • Be the Hero - Big Fish
  • Heal the World
  • You Walk with Me - The Full Monty
  • You Are the New Day
  • I Hope You Dance
  • Seize the Day - Newsies
  • We Shall Overcome/Lean on Me
  • What a Wonderfull World