The Credo Community Choir will perform "Protecting Our Planet" on May 18 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Moody Performance Hall. Courtesy of Credo.

May 15, 2024

You've heard of environmentalists preaching to the choir. This weekend, the choir will be in the role of advocate when the Credo Community Choir performs Protecting Our Planet at the Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street in Dallas, on Saturday, May 18, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

For the spring concert, the Dallas-based community choir will perform an entire set list centering around the environment.

According to the choir’s website: “Protecting Our Planet urges us to envision the kind of beautiful planet we want to pass on to future generations. The program explores the sobering truths of climate change while also charting a course for progress through scientifically-informed education, awareness and action.”

Tickets are $25-$100.


The 120-member community choir was founded in 2011 by Dr. Jonathan Palant, Associated Dean of the Arts and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Jonathan Palant is the founder and conductor of the Credo Community Choir. Courtesy of Facebook.

Palant is also the founder and conductor of the Dallas Street Choir, the Director of Music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church and a mentor for vocal music teachers at Dallas Independent School District.

Credo comes from the Latin word for “I believe.”

With a diverse membership, Credo is open to all residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The nonprofit choir has performed throughout Dallas and has toured Australia, Cambodia, Cuba, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Morocco, Portugal and Vietnam. In 2017, Credo performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

The Credo choir holds two major concerts per year, in the spring and fall.

Mary Kirwin of Euless has been a member since 2017. According to Kirwin,  each concert season has a theme, with recent concerts relating to social justice issues. Last fall’s theme was “Protecting Our Children.” The concert explored the darker realities of inequity, trauma and loss in the lives of children, with an emphasis in encouraging confidence, communication, and community.

Kirwin said Saturday’s concert will feature 10 songs representing a range of styles.

“The music the director picks is very eclectic,” she said.

As for this year’s eco-conscious theme, Kirwin says singing about environmental issues has been timely and inspirational.

“I’m trying to gather up all the hope I can,” said Kirwin. “But the beauty of the music really draws you in and it feels so good to be singing about something important — that climate change is real and that we all need to make our voices known and do what we can.”


Protecting Our Planet

About: The Credo Community Choir performs its spring concert Protecting Our Planet, featuring songs about the Earth, the state of the environment and inspiration for the path forward.

When: May 18, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where: Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street in Dallas

Cost: $25-$100


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