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Superstar Idina Menzel shares the spotlight at Dallas choir's inaugural gala

Idina Menzel shares spotlight at Dallas choir's inaugural gala

Idina sings "Seasons of Love" and "No Day But Today" with the Turtle Creek Chorale.
Idina Menzel sings "Seasons of Love" and "No Day But Today" with the Turtle Creek Chorale. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Tori Correll singing with Idina Menzel.
Tori Correll sang "Take Me Or Leave Me" with Idina Menzel. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Terry Loftis, Kay Wilkinson, Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes
Terry Loftis, Kay Wilkinson, Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Ron Kirk, Morgan Cox, Derrall Hill, Matrice Ellis-Kirk
Ron Kirk, Morgan Cox, Derrall Hill, Matrice Ellis-Kirk Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Kat Endsley, Meagan Singletary
Kat Endsley, Meagan Singletary Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Brad Pritchett, David Chad-Pritchett
Brad Pritchett, David Chad-Pritchett Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Paul von Wupperfeld, Andy Smith
Paul von Wupperfeld, Andy Smith Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Gala co-chairs Robert Emery and Kay Wilkinson welcome more than 500 guests to the inaugural Rhapsody.
Gala co-chairs Robert Emery and Kay Wilkinson welcome more than 500 guests to the inaugural Rhapsody. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
John McGill, Allen Evans, Kellie Rasberry, Mark Hopper
John McGill, Allen Evans, Kellie Rasberry, Mark Hopper Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Tate Sands, trustee of The Moozie Foundation, and Lynn Fisher of the Rosewood Corporation.
Tate Sands, Lynn Fisher Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
The Turtle Creek Chorale performs
The Turtle Creek Chorale performs. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Mack Campbell, TCC board member and live auction chair, attempts to catch one paddle to win two meet-n-greet tickets for Idina Menzel.
 Mack Campbell, TCC board member and live auction chair, attempts to catch one paddle to win two meet-and-greet tickets for Idina Menzel. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Idina Menzel singing with TCC member Gregory Perry.
 Idina Menzel singing with TCC member Gregory Perry. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Jeremy Wayne, John Rieger, Jerry Wayne
Jeremy Wayne, John Rieger, Jerry Wayne Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Stephen Tosha, Steven Strecensky
 Stephen Tosha, Steven Strecensky Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Celebrating 40 years
Rhapsody celebrates Turtle Creek Chorale's first 40 years. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel
Turtle Creek Chorale Rhapsody 2020
The celebration was held at The Statler. Photo by Cash Anglin
Idina sings "Seasons of Love" and "No Day But Today" with the Turtle Creek Chorale.
Tori Correll singing with Idina Menzel.
Terry Loftis, Kay Wilkinson, Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes
Ron Kirk, Morgan Cox, Derrall Hill, Matrice Ellis-Kirk
Kat Endsley, Meagan Singletary
Brad Pritchett, David Chad-Pritchett
Paul von Wupperfeld, Andy Smith
Gala co-chairs Robert Emery and Kay Wilkinson welcome more than 500 guests to the inaugural Rhapsody.
John McGill, Allen Evans, Kellie Rasberry, Mark Hopper
Tate Sands, trustee of The Moozie Foundation, and Lynn Fisher of the Rosewood Corporation.
Idina Menzel
The Turtle Creek Chorale performs
Mack Campbell, TCC board member and live auction chair, attempts to catch one paddle to win two meet-n-greet tickets for Idina Menzel.
Idina Menzel singing with TCC member Gregory Perry.
Jeremy Wayne, John Rieger, Jerry Wayne
Stephen Tosha, Steven Strecensky
Celebrating 40 years
Turtle Creek Chorale Rhapsody 2020

Even though Turtle Creek Chorale, the most recorded men's chorus in the world, has been around since 1980, it has never hosted a gala before this year. So of course the gentlemen did it up big for the inaugural Rhapsody, with a glamorous dinner, heartfelt concert, and astounding private performance by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel.

More than 500 supporters put on their black-tie best and joined gala co-chairs Kay Wilkinson and Robert Emery, along with honorary co-chairs Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk, in The Statler Hotel's Grand Ballroom.

The evening was straightforward: no awards, no speeches, and no distraction from TCC's enduring legacy as a group built to educate, entertain, unite, and inspire. A small group of soloists took the stage for songs such as "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman and "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen, while the entire 250-plus choir encircled the room for "Light" from Next to Normal, conducted by artistic director Sean Mikel Baugh.

TCC recently launched a new educational program called You Are Light Project, which shines a light on suicide prevention and mental health concerns for the youth of DFW.

A live auction followed a sumptuous dinner, where such packages as a Broadway experience — tickets to a musical and the Tony Awards included — and one week in Tuscany joined a private dinner with sportscaster Dale Hansen. Not to be outdone, Wilkinson and the Kirks spontaneously volunteered dinners at their homes, leading to some of the most heated bidding of the night.

After a rousing "Fund the Future" donation campaign, which included a handful of lucky patrons receiving meet-and-greet passes for after the concert, the star herself took the stage. Fresh in from London, Menzel was charming, warm, and hilariously unguarded, treating the audience to classics such as "Don't Rain On My Parade" from Funny Girl (which she is rumored to be starring in for an upcoming Broadway revival), "Defying Gravity" from her award-winning role in Wicked, and sing-alongs to "Let It Go" and "Into the Unknown" from Frozen and Frozen II.

A song she wrote called "At This Table" from her solo album Christmas: A Season of Love resonated deeply with the crowd, but she quickly lightened the mood by venturing into the audience to duet with several randomly selected guests on "Take Me Or Leave Me" from Rent.

She closed the unforgettable experience by joining the choir in singing "Seasons of Love" and "No Day But Today," also from Rent. All told, the evening raised more than $535,000 for the organization.

Turtle Creek Chorale's next concert series is Unbreakable: Songs of Strength and Survival at the Moody Performance Hall, March 27-29.