Joelle Wallach’s The Firefighter’s Prayer will be presented by Voces Intimae as part of their Texas Lekka! Roundup of Texas Art Song Composers concert on Sunday, February 16 – 3:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 6121 E. Lovers Lane (at Stillman) in Dallas. Lekka is South African slang meaning “to promote your nation’s exceptional talent.”

Joelle writes about The Firefighter’s Prayer, “On the windshields of fire trucks and firehouse windows around the United States, copies of the traditional “Firefighter’s Prayer” are glued. For generations, its traditional words have had personal meaning to firefighters across the continent, a core of faith for lives built on daily acts of bravery and heroism. Touched by the traditional words, I found a melody hidden inside the prayer, built on elements of Irish folksongs of loss and longing.” Read her complete notes and hear a recording of the song at

Other composers on the program are Simon Sargon, Francis Osentowski, Robert Rodriguez and Margaret Barrett. More about Texas Lekka! at

General admission to the February 16 event is $20, Seniors $15 and students free. For more information, call 214-478-7847 or visit

Joelle Wallach served as Composer in the Metropolis as part of her Con-Edison Music in the Metropolis Composer Residency at New York City’s Turtle Bay Music School for most of Fall 2013. The 4Tay label has released two CDs of her music – The Door Standing Open – a collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) and The Nightwatch – more songs and solo piano works. More about her at

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