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.
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.
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!
Isthmus, Madison’s weekly newspaper, has a great article on choir in their Music section this week. The article includes a photo of the choir singing a the Essen Haus Oktoberfest this fall. To read the article, please click here!
Some bad news this morning: we’ve heard from our friends in Plain, and Strassenfest has been cancelled due to the rain that is moving into the area.
On Sunday August 25, 2019 we had our annual “cemetery sing” outing. This is a chance for the choir to visit cemeteries where past members are buried, sing some songs and share memories of the departed. We also make a few stops along the way to visit some of the businesses that support the Madison Maennerchor.
This year we visited Roselawn Memorial Park in Monona, Resurrection Cemetery in Madison and Forest Lawn Cemetery in Madison. Below are some photos from the outing, as always please click on the thumbnail to see the full sized image. Also, for more information on our deceased members, please visit our Deceased Members page.