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Forte Milers - Doo Wop, Barbershop and Family Harmony

  • Historic Paramount Theatre 125 4th Ave NE Austin MN 55912 (map)

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The Forte Milers Barbershop Chorus will present "Doo Wop, Barbershop and Family Harmony" on Sunday, April 22nd at 3pm at the Historic Paramount Theatre in Austin. The show will feature classic Doo Wop songs from the 50's and 60's. This includes songs like "In the Still of the Night", "Come Go with Me", "Stand by Me", "Under the Boardwalk" and a medley of Beach Boy songs. The Forte Milers are part of the Barbershop Harmony Society and it includes singers from across southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa. The Forte Milers have been presenting their annual show at the Paramount since 2007.

The family harmony part of the show will feature two outstanding groups of family singers. The Benson Family Singers are a family music group from Faribault, Minnesota. Peter and Rachelle, along with their four sons, David, Aaron, Luke and Paul present barbershop, bluegrass and gospel music. They specialize in tight, a cappella harmonies and also play a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, bass, violin and mandolin.

The other group of family singers is the Sopha Sisters from Cresco, Iowa. Since becoming Sprout Champions in 2014 at the Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Competition, these young ladies have performed for audiences all over the region. 

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Student tickets are $5 and children age 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at, at the Austin ArtWorks Center, 300 N Main St, or by calling the Center at 507-434-0934. ArtWorks Center hours are Tuesday to Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3. 

Additional questions? Contact Dave Sylte, Forte Milers Barbershop Chorus. 507-433-0004 or

The spring 2018 season is supported by contributions from Edward Jones, Family Eye Care and First Farmers & Merchants Bank.