Valerie is raising money for DAKOTA VALLEY SYMPHONY.
Support live chamber music at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee
Last year, we became involved with the restorative justice program at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee, our state's only women's prison. We played five concerts for the inmates there in both the general population and the accelerated release program, CIP. We were overwhelmed and humbled by the visceral reactions and thoughtful comments that these women had regarding our performances. This music changed their outlook on spending time in prison and inspired them to look for something they are passionate about after release. For some, it was a spiritual experience, others an educational one, while others simply took it as a break from the daily stresses of being incarcerated. We strongly believe in the humanity of these women and want to continue performing for them and talking about classical music. Your support will go directly to sponsor these concerts. We thank you in advance for your generosity!
Founded in the fall of 2007, the Mill City String Quartet seeks to create exciting and diverse concerts for listeners both familiar and new to chamber music. In addition to our season of public concerts, we also frequently collaborate with the singers of Kantorei, work with students across Central and Southern Minnesota, and have premiered several new or lesser-known chamber music works.
In late 2011, MCSQ released a recording of Christmas music, entitled “Christmas in Mill City." It continues to be heard on Minnesota Public Radio throughout the holiday season, so be sure to tune in to Classical MPR 99.5!
In recent seasons, through a generous grant from the Mankato Symphony and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, we toured extensively through rural communities throughout southern Minnesota. Over the course of our 13 performances, we were humbled by the warm and eager audiences and enjoyed bringing them classical music up close in their own communities. These concerts were also made possible the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
During the 2014-15 season, we were thrilled to be chosen as an Artist-in-Residence through Minnesota Public Radio's Class Notes program. In addition to creating a curriculum for the school music teachers, we had a fantastic and successful time performing and teaching our world music program at 7 elementary schools in early October. We were also thrilled to make two appearances on The Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert series, first with mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, and later featuring String Quartet No. 4 by Gene Gutche.
During the 2015-16 season, we were on the road performing in Rochester and Sioux City, as well as a second trip to Naples, Florida. We also continuted our dedication to community outreach by performing at several area correctional facilities.
Last season, our first with cellist Ruth Marshall, brought another year of Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes performances in Austin and Owatonna, featuring our Music By Minors program. This program focused on young composers and the elementary school students even got to compose their own piece for string quartet! We also played five concerts at for the inmates at MCF-Shakopee, graciously sponsored through a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Learning grant. Our April 2017 concert was a celebration of the 10th year of Mill City String Quartet through a commission for string quartet and guitar by Minnesota composer Jocelyn Hagen!
This season, we will make our Thursday Musical Artist Series debut at Antonello Hall and Mankato's Music on the Hill series, as well as a return performance at the Minnesota State Fair and on The Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert series.