Plymouth, Minnesota

TCGMC at Hilde Performance Center, June 7, 2012

The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus performed an evening of free choral music, June 7, to inaugurate the 2012 season of Entertainment in the Parks at the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth, Minnesota. A typical summer audience of 150 heard 11 selections drawn from the program for “They Sang To Me,”  TCGMC’s upcoming performances at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, June 22-23.

Dr. Stan Hill, TCGMC’s music director since 2000, led 72 men, half of the  total membership, all attired in full tuxes with open collars. The performance represents one of the last for Hill, who will retire at month’s end. The chorus has named Ben Riggs, from Denver, Colorado, as Hill’s successor.

Audrey Britton

The Hilde is an open-air facility, 45 feet high, situated in an amphitheater behind the city hall of Plymouth, a community of 70,600 people located 12 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The center’s architects, Bentz/Thompson/Rietow, have designed outdoor facilities throughout Minnesota, including Red Wing, Itasca State Park, St. Louis Park, and the Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis.

As they have for the 12 years of Hill’s tenure, TCGMC’s members concluded their performance by standing hand-in-hand with the audience for their signature song, “Walk Hand In Hand With Me.”

The audience at the Hilde Amphitheater included Audrey Britton, a candidate for state representative in Minnesota District 44A, and members of her campaign team.

As part of Plymouth’s summer music series, the Minnesota Orchestra performs annually at the Hilde. Its 2012 appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, July 3.

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