Paul Wertsch

Our own Paul Wertsch was the subject of an article in the UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health quarterly magazine. Oddly enough, the article is not about prescribing brandy for choir members.

If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to see the online version of the article.

2020 Choir Portrait

Before we halted our rehearsals in March 2020 due to the pandemic, we did have a photo session for a choir portrait. This would have appeared in the program book for our Spring 2020 Concert, but of course that was canceled too. Here is the photo:

2020 Choir Portrait

Group photo of the 2020 Madison Maennerchor

Wir wuenschen eine frohe Weihnacht

Our 2020 Christmas Concert & Dinner has been cancelled due to the pandemic, so we’ve put together a short Christmas video. The soundtrack is our rendition of “Wir wuenschen eine frohe Weihnacht” from our “O Tannenbaum” CD that we recorded a while back. We traditionally sing this song at the end of the Christmas Concert. The photos of the choir and Sankt Nikolaus are from our 2015 Christmas Concert & Dinner and were taken by Carrie Wilkey.

The video has been uploaded to MMC channel on YouTube. If you’re interested in seeing it, please click here!

On the Road to Prohibition: The Temperance Battle and German-American Brewers

Live Virtual Lecture

On the Road to Prohibition:
The Temperance Battle and German-American Brewers

with Jana Weiß

Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 12:00 noon CT

Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required
​email Antje Petty (apetty@wisc.edu) to receive a link to the event
[Links will be sent a day before the event]

A hundred years ago, Prohibition was enacted nationwide in the United States. This lecture juxtaposes the evolution of the temperance movement with the role of beer and wine in German-American communities. Special emphasis will be on the Midwest in the period from the founding of the Anti-Saloon League in 1893 until World War I, when German-American brewers became the main target of pro-temperance activists.

© Markus Reinke
Jana Weiß is Associate Professor of History at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany). Her research focuses on the interplay of technology, race, religion, and human migration in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. Dr. Weiß’s current research project examines the lager beer revolution in the U.S., led by German-American brewers.

For more information go to the MKI website or contact Antje Petty (apetty@wisc.edu)

Meeting in the parking lot

The choir has not been able to rehearse or otherwise be together since March 12th, so instead of doing our weekly Zoom call, we decided a socially distanced tailgate party would be a nice change of pace.

Choir meeting in the Turner Hall parking lot, June 4, 2020.

Choir meeting in the Turner Hall parking lot, June 4, 2020.

Spring Concert Cancelled

We have cancelled our 168th Annual Spring Concert which was scheduled for May 31st.

With the continuing spread of the coronavirus, we are still weeks away from resuming rehearsals even in the best case scenario. So for the safety of the choir members, family and friends, we have decided to cancel the concert.

At this point there is no scheduled date for the next rehearsal.