Staying Connected in 2020

Dear friends,

How we have missed you and each other in these strange times!  Though we’ve made the difficult but prudent decision to not rehearse and not perform for all of you this year, we are staying connected to one another and cannot wait for times ahead when we can share our songs with you again.  You can see us being our silly selves in the above picture of one of our virtual Zoom rehearsals, featuring some of our 16 new members’ beautiful faces!

A Look Back at 2019

We were honored to collaborate with local powerhouse PaviElle in our 2019 finale Months of Moon, held last November at the Cedar Cultural Center.  We premiered two new pieces: Under The Bridge originally performed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Magic Man, originally performed by Heart.  Check out our performance here and don’t blame us if you can’t get this music out of your head!

“Magic Man” – PaviElle and the Prarie Fire Lady Choir
“Under The Bridge” – PaviElle and the Prairie Fire Lady Choir

                

photo credit: SisuPhoto

Making Meaningful Change in 2020

As a local arts nonprofit, we are very aware of and grateful for the impact art has on individuals, communities, and the world around us. Art can be an expression of pain, it can be a collective healing, and it can be a battle cry.  In the last few weeks it has felt like all three.

In the face of current events, and in the shadow of centuries of unspeakable violence against our Black communities, it feels impossible to know what to say.  But this much is clear: Black lives matter, structural and individual racism is a plague in this nation and must be ended by the people who benefit from and perpetuate it, and immediate action must be taken to ensure justice.  

These actions will take many unique forms, and our PFLC board is working on what that will look like for our choir.  Some first steps will be:

  • Working with our Social Justice and Inclusion Committee to examine the ways in which white supremacy shows up in our organization

  • Donating to Juxtaposition Arts, a North Minneapolis-based art and design center for young urban artists that has been making Minneapolis’ creative economy more equitable for the last 25 years

  • Encouraging our fans to reroute any donations they might have given to our organization to Juxtaposition Arts instead

To be successful, this work must be authentic, consistent, and continual.  We look forward to doing the work with you.

Check out our website for the latest details on all our activities or keep track of our doings on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. We miss you and hope you are well!

XOXO
Prairie Fire Lady Choir

2020 Auditions Coming in February!

Prairie Fire Lady Choir is excited to announce that we will be holding auditions for the 2020 season in February. To learn more about the audition process, how to register, and what it’s like to sing with us, please visit our Audition information page.

Thanks for your interest!

Announcing Prairie Fire Lady Choir’s 2019 Season Finale

We hope you’ve enjoyed the many “seasons” of our gigs this year. Whether singing outdoors at a frosty 331 Club for Art-a-Whirl this spring, sweating it out at the Aquatennial Lock and Dam or Como Lake Pavilion this summer, or staying warm at an unseasonably cool late-August night at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, we’ve been bringing our trademark heat!

As we close out our 2019 season, we wanted to share with you the exciting details of our upcoming finale collaboration with local powerhouse PaviElle. Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss it!

SEASON FINALE
Months of Moon
Prairie Fire Lady Choir Season Finale with Special Guest PaviElle
Friday, November 1, 2019
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm
Cedar Cultural Center
TICKETS / all ages

We are thrilled to return to the Cedar Cultural Center for our finale, Months of Moon, featuring special guest PaviElle! We’re inspired by her multidimensional talent, genuine enthusiasm, dedication to music and the deeper purpose that drives her. We are excited to premiere two new collaborative pieces at the finale, and are grateful for the opportunity to make music together.

TICKET GIVEAWAY
We have one highly sought-after pair of tickets available for two lucky fans! Send an email to hello@prairiefireladychoir.org by Sunday October 27, 2019 at midnight sharing your favorite Prairie Fire Lady Choir moment and you’ll be entered to win! The winner will be notified via email once the contest has ended. We look forward to hearing your memories!

Lady of the Week – Heidi McFadyen


Heidi McFadyen

Soprano 1

How long have you been in the choir?
This is my first season!

What’s your favorite PFLC song?
I celebrate the entire catalog, but Sisters Roar, Rebel Girl, Hive and Burn the White Flag are really fun to sing.

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?
I’m in awe of this community of women. Reconnecting with music is great. Working with intelligent, funny, and talented women with high standards to create that music is what makes the choir a special experience.

What do you like to do outside of choir?
I like going to the movies, concerts and theater. I like to learn, and I learn through art.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?
I’m from Eau Claire, Wis., so I’ve been an acolyte for Bon Iver/all Justin Vernon projects since forever. Lizzo, Polica and Cloud Cult. My Atmosphere fandom once helped me connect with kind skateboarding youths when I was lost and alone in Honolulu after too many Mai Tais. Minnesota music brings people together!

 What’s your go-to karaoke song?
I do a very intense rendition of 9 to 5. I feel those lyrics hard.

Describe yourself in three words
Overthinking this question.

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?
Beanie Feldstein as young me, and J. Lo as older me. Where It’s At by Beck would play in the background of the opening scene while I repeatedly hit the snooze bar on my alarm. But…it’s not like I’ve thought about it much.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Oprah.

Lady of the Week – Merrilee Brown


Merrilee Brown

Tenor II 

How long have you been in the choir?
This is my first season 🙂

What’s your favorite PFLC song?
Right now it’s Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl. Its punchy, upbeat and unapologetic. 🙂

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?
When I joined this spring, I gained more than a hobby once a week. I gained a community. The ladies in this choir share their skills, time, and friendship, in and out of rehearsal. There’s no director so every member has their ideas considered equally. Also I love performing and we do about 2 gigs month. WIN. WIN. WIN.

What do you like to do outside of choir?
People+Beer+Patios/Games/Biking/Listening to Podcasts/Karaoke

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?
Pavielle. Can’t wait to collaborate with her for the finale.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Heartbreaker, Pat Benatar

Describe yourself in three words
That loud Texan

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?
Amy Poehler

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Betty White

Lady of the Week – Klair Hans


Klair Hans

Tenor I

How long have you been in the choir?
This is my first season!

What’s your favorite PFLC song?
Run to the Window- it’s so much fun to sing (and to yell “SHIT”).

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?
The snacks.  And making beautiful music with powerful ladies.

What do you like to do outside of choir?
Make art-stuff, play guitar, garden, bike, play kickball, and pretend I live in the IKEA display rooms.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?
Aby Wolf (DUH), Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, Hippocampus, the Cactus Blossoms, and Lizzo (we still get to claim her, right?)

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Africa by Toto

Describe yourself in three words
happy go lucky

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?
Jean-Claud Van Damme and Zooey Deschanel’s love child

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Retired

Photo courtesy of Anna Grinets

Lady of the Week – Annette Schiebout


Annette Schiebout

Tenor 2

How long have you been in the choir?
Since day 1, nearly 9 years ago

What’s your favorite PFLC song?
Burn the White Flag, Hive, Not a Good Man, Anthem, Porch Light, Sisters Roar

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?
I never wanted to be a performer and I didn’t have music in my life for over a decade, but being part of a community of amazing humans, making beautiful music together, has had a profound impact on my life. Even attending rehearsals and finding harmony with these women is the best therapy around. Not to mention we have had some incredible collaborations and performances over the years in some of the greatest venues in town.

What do you like to do outside of choir?
I write, garden, paint, organize various projects, teach, run an AirBNB/music literary venue called Bella Luna Studios at the Wolf House, hang with the puppies, and sing with three other local groups.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?
Dessa, Lizzo, Atmosphere, Her Crooked Heart, Humbird, Jeremy Messersmith, Haley, P.O.S., Chris Koza, Pavielle, Amanda Standalone, Cactus Blossoms, Charlie Parr, Dosh, Roma di Luna… this city is just brewing with talent and I love all kinds of music.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
I honestly hate karaoke. I have had far too many embarrassing not-in-my-range-I-don’t-actually-know-the-song moments, but I have been known to sing Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” and Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”

Describe yourself in three words
creative, driven, community-builder

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?
Jennifer Lawrence

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Content in my skin, continuously making new things and having the time to think about them.

Photo by Maya Washington

Lady of the Week – Cat Rongitsch

Cat Rongitsch
Alto 2

How long have you been in the choir?
This is my premier season!

What’s your favorite PFLC song?
Run to the window

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?
Singing with people I would hang out with in real life.

What do you like to do outside of choir?
I work in a classroom for elementary kids with severe, profound disabilities. I read a lot. I try to garden. I like to paint things into paintings that don’t belong there. I live mom life pretty hard too.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?
My husband is in a band called The Postponements. I suppose I should say them, although it’s not really my bag. I listen to a lot of Koo Koo Kangaroo but that’s also by default. I’ve been out of the loop so long, I’m afraid that’s the best answer I can give you. WAIT! I have heard and enjoyed some Lizzo songs. Totally counts!

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Hold On by Wilson Phillips

Describe yourself in three words.
Liberal, Gryffindor, Creative

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?
Alyssa Milano or Christina Hendricks

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Interesting

Lady of the Week – Dani Hans

Dani Hans
Soprano 1

How long have you been in the choir?
This is my first season!

What’s your favorite PFLC song?
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (I walked down the aisle to this song!)

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?
I love the attitude.

What do you like to do outside of choir?
Talk about plants and see live music.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?
The Bad Bad Hats, Fiji 13, Haley Bonar

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Tyrone by Erykah Badu

Describe yourself in three words
monstera furiosa explosivo

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?
Jack Black, because he loves to sing and fart.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Forest ranger

Lady of the Week – Kara Greshwalk

Kara Greshwalk
Soprano 1

How long have you been in the choir?
This is my first season and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be singing with these fabulous ladies!

What’s your favorite PFLC song?
I love performing Enter Mister Sandman and Can’t Hardly Wait because they really get the crowds going and I just feed off that energy. Now that we are working on Anthem by Leonard Cohen, that might become my new favorite because it evokes so many different emotions. The first time we rehearsed it I totally teared up!

What’s your favorite thing about being in this choir?
I have really enjoyed getting know such a diverse group of singers and have been blown away by how kind and inclusive everyone has been toward all of us new people. Also, just being able to connect with our audiences through song. I love looking out at the crowds and seeing people smiling and bopping along to the music.

What do you like to do outside of choir?
My other passions include road biking, running, travelling, playing ukulele, and theater(acting in it or watching it). As the weather warms up you might find me stealing an hour with a book on the Lake Nokomis Beach.

Who are your favorite local bands/musicians?
I grew up on Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, and Prince. Chastity Brown and Lizzo have been finding their way onto my playlists quite a bit more lately, as well as The Replacements. I just love how there’s no single defining feature of MN music, other than how eclectic and ever evolving it is.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Describe yourself in three words
Enthusiastic, Goofy, Passionate

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you?
Ellie Kemper

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I just achieved it this spring: my second career as a speech language pathologist!

Photo courtesy of Anna Grinets