The Twin Cities Labor Chorus is beginning its new year with a great start. To cap off a busy 2010, the chorus recently received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council that will greatly expand it’s ability to reach out to the labor community, including producing a recording in the fall of traditional and new labor songs that will be distributed for free.
Musically, things are no less exciting. Director, Josh Wise has taken poetry written by UAW 879 members in response to the closing of the Highland Ford Plant, and set them to music that the choir will perform this spring. They are also continuing to add to their sing-along repertoire to bring liveliness to rallies and picket lines.
Also of note is that the chorus has moved rehearsal locations. They are now rehearsing at the Carpenter’s Local 1644 hall on Lake Street. “Our new rehearsal space is more than twice as large, and I’m really hoping that we can double the size of the chorus this year, now that we have the space to accommodate that many people,” said Wise. Membership in the Twin Cities Labor Chorus is free and there is no audition. They rehearse every other Tuesday from 7-8:30pm at the Carpenter’s Local 1644 hall, 4023 E Lake Street, in Minneapolis. Contact Josh Wise at 952-818-5474 or firstname.lastname@example.org to join.