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!
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
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[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.
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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.
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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.
German Fest Milwaukee has announced that 2020 German Fest, originally scheduled July 24-26, has been cancelled, due to the current Covid-19 situation. For more information, please see the press release on the German Fest website: https://germanfest.com/
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.
On March 31st, PBS Wisconsin broadcast a program on a cappella singing groups from Wisconsin high schools. Here is the link to the page about the program with an embedded link to the video:
We had a short meeting after our rehearsal on March 12th to discuss future rehearsals in light of the current public health emergency. Given the continuing spread of the coronavirus and the demographics of the choir, we decided to suspend rehearsals until April 9th.
Our Spring Concert is still scheduled for May 31st at Madison’s Turner Hall, but we will re-evaluate this in April.
The Max Kade Institute WEBSITE has a NEW LOOK!
Check out new features, including a page dedicated to MKI’s EXHIBIT “Neighbors Past and Present: The Wisconsin German Experience: https://mki.wisc.edu/exhibits/npp/
This fall, Wisconsin Public Television re-ran a segment on the Madison Männerchor on Wisconsin Life that originally aired in May 2018. The video is 5 or 6 minutes long. To see the story on the Wisconsin Life website (the article includes the video that aired as well as some bonus footage) please click here!