(Dateline: Dallas Texas, June 20, 2007) “Gospel Goes Classical – A Night of Passion” starring Juanita Bynum and introducing Flow Records recording artist, Myron Williams, captured the spirit, imagination and undivided attention of the audience in a full house at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas.
In a majestic setting of the Meyerson Symphony Center, Juanita Bynum performed songs from the “Gospel Goes Classical” CD and “A Piece of My Passion,” CD release on Bynum’s own Flow Records. The 91-piece orchestra adorn in white tuxedos, was juxtaposed with a 75-voice choir and the 4-piece all-star rhythm section dressed in black.
The concert opened with African drums and congas performing a Classic: Kirk Franklin’s “Hosanna.”
Juanita Bynum connected with the audience from her very first note. At the end of the first act, Dr. Bynum performed her smash single from Gospel Goes Classical, “One Night With The King.” With the audience demanding more, Dr. Bynum continued to sing on a wireless microphone off stage amidst a rousing standing ovation.
The second act, most of the audience was on their feet embracing Bynum’s message of praise, power and worship combined with the mastery of The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As the show built to a climax, tears were streaming with joy filled the eyes of the multicultural audience. In Dr. Bynum’s own words following the concert, “Gospel Goes Classical is bigger than all of us.”
Gospel Goes Classical also introduced the Dallas native, Myron Williams, a dynamic producer, singer and master songwriter. Williams’ tenor complimented Dr. Bynum on the duet “Change.” Traditional rhythms took the audience back to church as the penultimate performance to the emotion-filled finale’ “I Don’t Mind Waiting.”
Vincent L. Danner conducted The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The 2007 – 2008 season marks Danner’s 12th season with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Danner’s agile style of conducting and his intuitive interpretation enabled him to guide the orchestra through impromptu reprises that perfectly complemented Dr. Bynum’s unique style of exhortation and singing.
Errika Flood, the Director of Community Engagement for The Dallas Symphony Orchestra says this about Gospel Goes Classical “I want them to take away the fact that classical music is relevant to everybody… There is something in it that can speak to everyone. People should expect to praise and worship in the Meyerson.”
On July 11, 2007 The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will host Gospel Goes Classical at their historic summer venue, the Chastain Park Amphitheater.
On an ordinary night…an extraordinary event occurred.