We had our final summer “rehearsal” at the Essen Haus on Thursday August 31. It was a somewhat smaller crowd than usual, but it was a busy week with lots of things going on.
We will resume our regular rehearsals on Thursday September 7, at 7:00 pm at Turner Hall.
We had our final summer “rehearsal” at the Essen Haus on August 31
Team Maennerchor participated once again in the 5 K race at the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival on Saturday August 26. Thankfully it was cool but it was quite humid. There were not quite as many participants as there were in the days before Covid, but there was a good turnout of both runners and walkers. After the race, of course we adjourned to the beer tent to replenish fluids.
Here are some photos of the post-race festivities. As always, click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.
Replenishing fluids after the Middleton GNF 5 K (1)
Replenishing fluids after the Middleton GNF 5 K (2)
Replenishing fluids after the Middleton GNF 5 K (3)
Videos from the NASB Saengerfest in Madison are available on the MMC YouTube channel.
These videos are from the Capitol Rotunda Sing on Sunday June 11, 2023:
“Wo man singt”
German-American Singing Festivals, 1849–1914
Wednesday, April 5, at 12:00 pm Central Time
Free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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Links will be emailed the day before the event.
Between 1849 and 1914, German-American singing festivals with thousands of participants and visitors were a constant yet changing element in the cultural landscape of the United States. They brought German and European music to America, helped immigrants construct a German-American (musical) identity, and contributed to asserting their status in society. This presentation will focus on the beginnings and the expansion of German-American choirs, especially Männerchöre (choirs for male voices), singing federations and their festivals, and the musical repertoire that was performed from the mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of World War I.
Heike Bungert is Professor for North American History at the University of Münster in Germany and has published extensively on the festivals of German Americans.
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**The Max Kade Institute Virtual Lectures Series is made possible with the support of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute. To learn more about the Friends of the Max Kade Institute, including how to become a member, click HERE.
A visit from Sankt Nikolaus
Our annual Christmas Concert & Dinner will be held on Sunday December 11, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. This year the event will be at a new venue: St Bernard Catholic Church, 2438 Atwood Ave in Madison. After the concert, there will be a visit from Sankt Nikolaus followed by dinner at approximately 5:00 p.m.
Tickets for the concert and dinner are $25 per person. Tickets for the concert only are $10. There will be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the door but we would appreciate it if you made a reservation in advance. For the full details, including how to make a reservation, please click on the link below:
2022 Christmas Concert flyer
Please make your reservations by December 4th if possible. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: if the concert is canceled due to bad weather (as has happened in the past) we will post the news here on our web site and on our Facebook page. We will also attempt to contact everyone on the reservation list if we have a phone number or email address.
We typically don’t rehearse over the summer months – we stop sometime after Memorial Day and resume rehearsals after Labor Day. But we do try to get together over the summer, if only to have a beer (or perhaps two) and catch up on things. And sometimes we’re asked to sing the national anthem(s) at a sporting event. As always, click on the gallery thumbnails to see the larger photo.
On June 16th we sang both the German and US national anthems at a friendly match between Forward Madison FC and Paderborn. It was a beautiful evening at Breese Stevens field, and we sang both anthems and then enjoyed the match.
Warming up before taking the field.
A good warm up is essential before singing the national anthem.
Enjoying the match after singing
We were invited to sing the national anthem (US only) at the WTC track meet at Middleton High School. After the singing was over we decided to stop at the Capital Brewery Biergarten to replenish fluids.
At Capital Brewery after singing the national anthem at the WTC track meet
On June 30th we decided to meet for a beer or two at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park. It was a bit windy but we had a good time.
It was a beautiful evening at Olbrich Park.
We had a pretty good turn out.
A great view of downtown Madison across Lake Monona
It was nice to get together on a Thursday when we didn’t all have to wear the blue shirts!
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has still not left the building. Several of our singers, and our director, tested positive for the virus, so in the interest of safety of our concert attendees and our singers, we have decided to cancel the June 5 concert.
Join us on Sunday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m. for our first concert in two years! The Concert will be held at Madison Turners, 3001 S. Stoughton Road in Madison. Tickets are $10 at the door; children are free.
We’ll be singing a mix of old German favorites and a few new English songs in our repertoire. We hope you can join us as we re-start this annual tradition after the pandemic.
On May 6, 2012 we sang at the Wisconsin State Capitol in celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Madison Maennerchor. We had a video recording made of the concert which was available on DVD. We’ve converted the DVD to MP4 format and posted the video of the concert on YouTube. The link is below:
MMC 160th Anniversary concert