Founder and Artistic Director of Spirito! Singers Molly Lindberg recently moved to Hinsdale with her husband Steve Lindberg after raising their four adult children in nearby Elmhurst. “We are enjoying our new community tremendously,” she says. A lifelong love of choral music and working with singers of all ages drove her to found Spirito! in 2008. In addition to featuring an article about Spirito! in this edition, we checked in with our new neighbor to find out some of her favorite lasts:
Last great live concert?
As a musician, I participate in many concerts and unfortunately attend too few. But, the Lyric Opera of Chicago is always worth the effort and their productions of Porgy and Bess produced in both 2008 and 2014 were spectacular, gut-wrenching experiences.
Last experience or encounter that made you proud of what you’re doing?
We take a few minutes during fall rehearsals for the singers to get to know each other. In addition, each week one singer volunteers to share a “reflection” that can take the form of a poem, a joke, or just an item they want to share. A singer now in her third year got up and told the group that while she had always felt socially nervous at school, Spirito! was her safe space—a place where she feels embraced, supported, and joyfully surrounded by peers who love to make music as much as she does.
Last meaningful film you saw?
This is tough since I love movies but I will choose Schindler’s List. I saw it several years ago but happened upon it again recently. It is so powerful especially because the hero of this true story is flawed as we are all, but still rose courageously to save thousands of lives.
Last unexpected moment that ended up inspiring a new project?
I was talking to our 2016 Spirito! Service Award recipient, Mark Dyer, who represents and serves ShelterBox, USA, a worldwide humanitarian organization. When I asked what Spirito! could do to help, he said, “Well, we’ve never had our own song.” So, I commissioned a piece from composer Philip Riegle and our Ragazze singers (5th to 8th grade girls) recorded that piece, “Shelter Me,” in May of 2018. Our recording will now be used by ShelterBox to promote its crucial mission around the world.
Last song you heard on the radio and sang out loud?
I was raised in a suburb just east of Detroit, so I grew up listening to the Motown hits. With the recent passing of Aretha Franklin, I have been listening to her recordings and singing out loud. I have so many favorites, but “Respect” has been running through my head in a constant loop.