Make Music Madison

We will be taking part in the Make Music Madison event on Tuesday June 21. We’ll be singing at the Madison Public Library (the central branch at 201 W. Mifflin Street) at 7:00 p.m. We will be performing outside the main entrance of the library, rain or shine.

Here are links to our event listing and also the schedule of performances at the Public Library.

Singers: please be at the library at 6:30 to warm up before the performance.



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Fairytale Castles of King Ludwig II – on PBS tonight, June 6

Fairytale Castles of King Ludwig II

Extraordinary castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the late 19th century are explored. Hosted by Dan Cruickshank.

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Spring Concert 2016

We held our 164th Annual Spring Concert on Sunday May 15, 2016 at Madison Turner Hall. Our guest choir was the Monroe Swiss Singers. Below are some photos from the concert. Thanks to all who attended; we hope you had a good time!

Thanks to all who helped set up and clean up. And also to those who helped make the sandwiches. And special thanks to Geoff Kroening for sharing his photos of the concert.

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Spring Concert 2016

The Madison Maennerchor’s 164th Annual Spring Concert will be held at Madison Turner Hall on Sunday May 15th at 3:00 p.m. Turner Hall is located at 3001 South Stoughton Road in Madison.

The Monroe Swiss Singers will be our guest choir. Admission is $8 per person. Sandwiches and cake will be served, and there will be beer, wine, spirits, coffee, and soft drinks.

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Upcoming Events

Hope your Spring is off to a good start! Here is the latest information I have on the upcoming events for the choir. As always, visit the Calendar page on the website for the latest information.

March 24: Time for another choir portrait! Singers, please be at Turner Hall at 7:30 p.m. in uniform. Our usual rehearsal will follow at 8:00 p.m.

March 29: Our usual Thursday night rehearsal is moved to Tuesday night this week due to a conflict on Thursday night. Turner Hall, 8:00 p.m.

April 7: We will perform at Oak Park Place at 6:30 p.m. Afterward, perhaps a visit to the Great Dane?

May 15: Our 2016 Spring Concert. The concert will be at Turner Hall beginning at 3:00 p.m. Our guest choir will be the Monroe Swiss Singers.

May 26 through May 29: It’s the 62nd NASB Saengerfest in Pittsburgh. Yes, the one in Pennsylvania.

June 18: WSB Kommers will once again be held at Hart Park in Wauwatosa.

September 11: We will perform at the Annual Service at First Lutheran Church in Middleton at 2:30 p.m.

September 18: Wauktoberfest in Waunakee.

September 24: Oktoberfest at the Essen Haus.

December 11: It seems like a long way off, but this is the date for our annual Christmas Concert and Dinner at Turner Hall beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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German Beer Barons in SE Wisconsin

At the Monday March 7th meeting of the German Interest Group – Wisconsin, Michael Rehberg, Black Point Estate, Lake Geneva, will talk about “German Beer Barons in Southeastern Wisconsin.” The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2921 Mount Zion Avenue in Janesville. Here’s a link to the meeting and speaker info page on the German Interest Group’s web site:


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Stiftungsfest 2016

On Saturday February 13th, we had our annual Stiftungsfest celebration. This year we did something a little different: we took a bus to Monroe for dinner at the Turner Hall. Before dinner we stopped at Minhas Brewery to sample some of their products and sing a few songs. And on our way back to Madison we stopped at Puemple’s Olde Tavern in New Glarus for a beer and a few more songs.

Here are some pictures – click on the thumbnail to see the larger image.

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Bethel Lutheran Church 2016

On Friday February 12th we braved the traffic and cold temperatures to perform for the Friendship club at Bethel Lutheran Church. We sang for about a half hour and afterward some of the group headed for refreshments at the Essen Haus.

Here are a few pictures. As always, click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.



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Max Kade Institute Lectures

Stories of Freedom and Unfreedom in German and Other Immigrant Voices in the Americas, 1500-1870
Aaron Fogleman, Northern Illinois University
March 15, 6pm
UW–Madison, Memorial LIBRARY, room 126

An Extraordinary Record: Three-Plus Centuries of Germans in New Orleans as Documented in the Holdings of The Historic New Orleans Collection
Daniel Hammer, Historic New Orleans Collection
April 7, 6pm
UW–Madison, Union South

Of German Neighborhoods and Low German Villages: Spoken German in South Africa
Peter Wagener (Emeritus), Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany
April 19, 6pm
UW–Madison, Union South

More information at

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International Festival 2016

Sorry this has taken me so long to post, but here are some photos form our performance at the International Festival on Saturday January 9th at the Overture Center. We had a good crowd in the Rotunda Room and after the performance we went over to the Come Back Inn for “refreshments.”

Thanks to Paul Wertsch for two of the photos. As always, click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.

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