Festival of Church Music at the Meyerson


Sunday, November 3, 2013
7:00 pm
Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, Texas

A choir of over 400 singers, with brass ensemble and organ… filling the Meyerson stage and choral terrace… leading a congregation of 2000 singing the music of the Church!

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Orchestra $20 – Dress Circle $15 – Grand Tier $10

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paul-leddington-wrightSpecial Guest Conductor – Paul Leddington Wright
Mr. Leddington Wright gave a cameo appearance at the 2008 Festival, and we welcome him as our featured conductor in 2013.  He is a conductor, organist, composer and arranger of sacred and classical music, with over 25 years of work for BBC radio and TV, including the weekly program Songs of Praise.  Between 1991 and 2011, Paul served as Artistic Director of the annual International Church Music Festival.  His strong connection with Coventry Cathedral endures as a member of the music staff and conductor of Saint Michael’s Singers.  Each year he organizes the Royal Maundy Service for Her Majesty the Queen.


mary-prestonOrganist for Festival – Mary Preston
Ms. Preston is the Resident Organist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Organist and Choirmaster of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dallas.  In addition to recitals throughout the world, she has been a featured artist with numerous Regional and National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and many solo performances on National Public Radio’s “Pipedreams”.  Recognized as an international recording artist, Preston’s recordings on the Meyerson Lay Family Concert Organ for the Gothic and Naxos labels have met with rave reviews.



hal-hopson-dr-krokerWe will be honoring the accomplished composer, arranger and lyricist Hal Hopson. His contribution to Church Music has been tremendous, and we are looking forward to recognizing the life and work of this North Texas musician.

(Mr. Hopson is pictured to the right with CMI Director Dr. Charlotte Kroeker at the 2010 Festival of Church Music. )

Mr. Hopson’s arrangement of Charles Albert Tindley’s “Stand By Me” was composed in celebration of the life of Harold W. McGraw, Jr., 1918 – 2010. Click on the button below to hear the piece as it was recorded during the 2010 Festival.

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Stand By Me – Charles Albert Tindley, Arr. Hal H. Hopson
Pamela King, Mezzo-Soprano; Charlotte Kroeker, Piano



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