Vocal Majority Chorus presents “A Texas-Size Christmas,” a down-home dude-ranch holiday adventure full of humor and songs, at the Eisemann Center. Act One of this year’s production takes place at the Double “M” Dude Ranch in Martin-Mitchell County, USA, where tales are tall and folks live the simple life. It’s a timeless tale of reunion, community and family that’s fresh, engaging and genuinely moving.
Act Two will feature traditional, inspirational Christmas songs guaranteed to brighten any spirit.
The show is usually a sell-out, so saddle up and make tracks now!
Vocal Majority presents A Texas-Size Christmas
Where: Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson, Texas 75082
When: Thursday, December 3, 8 p.m.; Friday, December 4, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 6, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15–$50, available online, by phone at 972.744.4650, or at the Eisemann box office.
ABOUT THE VOCAL MAJORITY
The Vocal Majority (VM) is a group of 100+ men from all walks of life with varying degrees of musical talent and experience, who have a passion for singing. Over the years, they have released more than two dozen albums and a Christmas DVD featuring their diverse musical repertoire, which ranges from time-honored barbershop, jazz, Broadway, and pops, to sacred and patriotic.
Officially known as the Dallas Metropolitan Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, VM was formed by 12 men who gathered on December 2, 1971. Their vision was to create a chapter that would become the finest singing group in the world. So, under the guidance of founder, first president and marketing director Bob Arnold, the Chorus was born, and Ray Anthony became the first director in April of 1972.
With the burning desire to compete, VM won its first Southwestern District Chorus Championship in the fall of 1973. During the summer of 1974, VM entered its first international competition with 73 men who brought home a third-place finish. In 1975, when VM returned to international competition in Indianapolis, they brought home their first gold medal. In 1977, during the Houston Southwestern District Chorus competition, VM was awarded their third championship. In their quest to win in Cincinnati in the summer of 1978, the chorus endured a heart-breaking loss to the Louisville Thoroughbreds.
VM has medaled in every international competition in which it has competed. The medal count includes 12 gold medals, three silver medals, and one bronze medal. The men of the VM are honored to have earned an unprecedented 10 gold medals in a row from 1979 to 2006, with the most recent in 2014. Society rules allow choruses to win gold medals only once every three years.
In its 40-year history, the VM has been known for its a cappella music, but the chorus has also enthralled new audiences by singing with many symphony orchestras including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Irving Symphony, Utah State Symphony and the Constitution Symphony Orchestra. The Chorus was also featured on national television along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a 1986 broadcast for the CBS Masterworks project titled Voices In Harmony. However, it is the 1998 performance with The Atlanta Symphony in Olympic Centennial Park that stands out as the VM’s largest live audience, with more than 135,000 people in attendance.
The chorus has also performed at home in many states, as well as abroad in England, Scotland, Wales, and Canada. In addition, the VM has sung for U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and have been privileged to share the stage with The Four Freshmen, The Lettermen, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Suntones, the Texas Boys Choir, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Dean, Bob Flanagan, John Gary, Lee Greenwood, Jack Jones, and Johnny Mann.