Spring Concert 2015

We had our 163rd Spring concert on Saturday May 2, 2015 at Turner Hall. Below are some pictures from the concert; thanks to Dorothy Hermann for some of the photos.

We did record the concert, click here to access the recordings of the songs. Thanks to Eric for doing this!

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Visitors from Canada, Part 2

Paul and Dorothy Hermann came to our rehearsal again on April 30th – they made another trip to Madison for our Spring Concert on May 2. Here are some photos from Dorothy:

 

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Visitors from Canada

At our rehearsal on April 9th, we had some special visitors from Calgary: Paul Hermann and his daughter Dorothy. Paul sang with the Maennerchor while he was in an exchange student at the University back in 1951-52. So he was a part of the choir during the centennial year of 1952.

A group of German exchange students in 1951. Paul Hermann is #12.

A group of German exchange students in 1951. Paul Hermann is #12.

The key to the group photo from 1951

The key to the group photo form 1951

Here are some photos from the rehearsal on April 9.

 

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Spring Concert 2015

Our 163rd Spring Concert will be held on Saturday May 2, 2015 at Turner Hall in Madison beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $15. Children under 16 are admitted free. The ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres and sandwiches and there will be a cash bar throughout the evening. Turner Hall is located at 3001 South Stoughton Road in Madison.

For the other details, see our concert flyer: 2015 Spring Concert Flyer

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Upcoming Events

Here are the currently scheduled events for the rest of the year. This is based on the current information that we have at this time. As always, visit the Calendar page on the website for the latest information.

May 2: We will be having our annual Spring Concert at 7:00 p.m. at Turner Hall. Yes, the one in Madison. Yes singers, you should be in uniform for this.

June 20 & 21: Kommers and Sängerfest. The setup will be similar to when we hosted in 2014. The Kommers competition, dinner, rehearsal, dance, etc will be on Saturday June 20 at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The events on Sunday June 21 will be at the Schwabenhof in Menomonee Falls. Hotel and transportation arrangements are pending.

June 25: Concert at Charleston House in Beaver Dam. Details are a little sketchy at this point, but the current plan is for us to perform at 6:30 p.m in Beaver Dam.

July 26: German Fest church service. We don’t have any details yet for the rehearsals or what time to be at the BMO Harris stage but the church service begins at 10:30 a.m. The service is Catholic this year and Dr. James Norden of the Milwaukee D.A.N.K. Chor will be conducting the combined choirs.

September 12: Oktoberfest at the Essen Haus. This seems to be earlier every year; perhaps it will be in July or August in 2016. Details are not available yet, but we usually arrive around 2:00 p.m. and sing sometime around 3:00 p.m.

September 20: We will perform at Wauktoberfest again this year. We will sing at 2:30 p.m., pause for the Dachshund Dash at 3:00, and then perform again at 3:30.

December 13: Christmas Concert & Dinner at Turner Hall beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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Oakwood Village 2015

We performed at Oakwood Village on Thursday March 19, 2015 at the invitation of our friend Dick Layman who used to sing with the Maennerchor and is now retired. The concert began at 7:00 pm and we had a nice crowd in the auditorium. Afterward, we moved upstairs to the dining room and enjoyed snacks and other refreshments, and we sang a song or two as well.

Here are some photos from the evening. As always click on the thumbnail to view the larger image.

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International Festival 2015 part 2

We performed at the International Festival at the Overture Center on February 21, 2015.

For the previous post about the International Festival with the pictures from Carrie Wilkey, click here.

Here is another set of photos – click on the thumbnail to see the larger image. Thanks to Kay Heggestad for the pictures of the choir on the stage.

 

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Stiftungsfest 2015

On Saturday February 14, 2015 we had our annual Stiftungsfest to celebrate the founding of the Madison Maennerchor in February 1852. This year we had the party at Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club in Madison. We also celebrated Valentine’s Day with chocolates and roses for our female guests.

Here are some pictures – please click on the thumbnail to view a larger version of the photo. Thanks to Kay Heggestad for providing some of the photos!

 

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International Festival 2015

On Saturday February 21, 2015 we performed in the International Festival at the Overture Center in Madison. Carrie Wilkey took these photos during our performance in the Rotunda Room.

(Yes, I’m a little behind with the web site; there are some additional photos from the International Festival as well as some Stiftungsfest photos that I hope to post over the weekend.)

Here are Carrie’s pictures – as always click on the thumbnail to see the larger photo.

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Happy Valentines Day

Was es ist

Es ist Unsinnheart12
sagt die Vernunft
Es ist was es ist
sagt die Liebe

Es is Unglück
sagt die Berechnung
Es ist nichts als Schmerz
sagt die Angst
Es ist aussichtslos
sagt die Einsicht
Es ist was es ist
sagt die Liebe

Es ist lächerlich
sagt der Stolz
Es ist leichtsinnig
sagt die Vorsicht
Es ist unmöglich
sagt die Erfahrung
Es ist was es ist
sagt die Liebe

Erich Fried: Es ist was es ist. Liebesgedichte, Angstgedichte, Zorngedichte. Wagenbach, Berlin 1996

my translation into English:
What it is

It is nonsense
says reason
It is what it is
says love

It is misfortune
says calculation
It is nothing but pain
says fear
It is hopeless
says insight
It is what it is
says love

It is ridiculous
says pride
It is careless
says caution
It is impossible
says experience
It is what it is
says love
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