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Mill City Singers 2018-19 Season Concludes With a Performance at the June 8 Loring Park Music Festival

Article by Claudia Kittock

The Mill City Singers will conclude their 2018-19 season on June 8th with a performance at the Loring Park Music Festival. We will be singing at 2:00 and invite everyone to come out. It’s a great event and we are honored to be singing there for the 3rd year.

It has been a magical season for the Singers and one we will all treasure. For 30 weeks, stretching from September to June 8, the Singers have rehearsed on the 8th floor of the Guthrie Theater on Saturday afternoons, from 2:00-3:30. The Guthrie has been an amazing partner, donating the space to the Singers. We are so grateful for their continued generosity and support, and hope that relationship continues for a long time.

The philosophy of the Singers is "if you love to sing, and call yourself a friend of the Mill District, come." Directed by J.D. Steele and accompanied by Fred Steele, we come together every Saturday to sing, but so much more than that happens. The age range of the Singers is 18-94, and voices ranging from professional singers to ordinary voices. J.D. takes that mix and, somehow, makes it sound wonderful. Every single week, we laugh, we sing, we hug, and then we leave feeling more optimistic to face another week. That happens every single week. We also understand that adults live adult lives, full of complications. So, people come when they can and deal with the complications of life when they need to do that. We know we are stronger together, and every week we are strengthened by the people who show up.

In the past season, we have sung at the Capri Theater twice, at Orchestra Hall, were featured in a video at the MacPhail Music Matters Luncheon, and performed at the Loring Park Music Festival. We lead the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch of a Twins game. Two of our favorite events were holding a rehearsal at Augustana Assisted Living and at Catholic Eldercare. We have been invited back and plan to do that next season too.

The Mill City Singers started as an experiment in forming community, and is now firmly established as an integral part of the community. We are so blessed to have this group here and excited to continue for as long as possible. 

If you are interested in more information, please contact Claudia Kittock at Sponsored by the Friends of the Mill District, we welcome any and all contributions. Our only expense is the salaries of J.D. and Fred. All other work is done on a volunteer basis. We would love to add you to our list of friends!

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About Claudia Kittock

Claudia is a resident of the Mill District. In addition to writing for Mill City Times, she is a founding Board Member of Friends of the Mill District. Claudia is the author of Health Through Chaos, mentors young adults at YouthLink, and has served on the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA).


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