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Ein Prosit – the video

We’ve put together a short video. The soundtrack is our rendition of “Ein Prosit” from our Heimat CD that we recorded a few years back, and there are some photos from some of our activities in the last few years.

The video has been uploaded to YouTube. If you’re interested, please click here!

Kommers 2017

The 2017 WSB Kommers was held on May 20th at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Kenosha. Below are a few photos from the competition. Our hosts MGV Kenosha were the eventual winners; we placed third.

Polka Documentary

Wisconsin Public Television’s new documentary on the polka traditions of Wisconsin was shown this month. It is really well done and a pleasure to watch. If you missed it, you can watch it online. Here is the link: Polka!

Most of the documentary was filmed in 2016, and there is some footage of the Essen Haus Oktoberfest, including some music from the Madison Maennerchor!


International Fest 2017

On Saturday February 25th we sang at the International Festival in the Overture Center. this year we performed on the stage of the Capitol Theater instead of the Rotunda Room where we performed the last few years. After we sang, quite a few of us headed over to the Buck & Badger for a drink. Or perhaps two.

Here are some photos from the day. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.

Kay Heggestad

On Wednesday evening we sang a few songs at the “Celebration of Life” gathering for Kay Heggestad who passed away on Friday 1/13. She was married to long-time Maennerchor member Paul Wertsch. We extend our condolences to Paul and the family.

Kay wrote her own obituary and it has gone viral, so I thought I would put these links on the web site for those of you who haven’t seen them yet.

Here is her obituary, and here is the story from Channel 3 about her obituary going viral.

Christmas Songs

We were disappointed that we had to cancel this year’s Christmas concert due to the weather. So at our rehearsal last week we recorded three of the songs we would have sung at the concert as our gift to you. Frohe Weihnachten!

Christmas Concert Canceled

Due to the winter storm that is bearing down on southern Wisconsin, we have decided to cancel our annual Christmas concert and dinner.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but with the hazardous road conditions forecast for Sunday, we think it’s better if everyone stays off the roads as much as possible.

Christmas Concert and Dinner 2016

A visit from Sankt Nikolaus

A visit from Sankt Nikolaus

Our annual Christmas Concert & Dinner will be held at Turner Hall, 3001 S Stoughton Road in Madison, on Sunday December 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. After the concert, there will be a visit from Sankt Nikolaus followed by dinner at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25/adult and children 13 or older. Children under 13 eat free when with an adult also eating dinner. Cash bar. Tickets for the concert only are $10/adult. 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:

Christmas Concert & Dinner information

Please make your reservations by December 6th if possible. Email or call Alan at (608) 335-0770.

Oktoberfest at the Edgewater 2016

On Saturday October 1st we sang at the inaugural Oktoberfest celebration at the Edgewater Hotel. The weather was not the best, to say the least, and it didn’t help that the Badger football game was on TV inside the hotel, but a few hardy souls endured the elements to hear us sing. The band that was supposed to play after our performance actually cancelled because of the rain.

All things considered it was a pretty good outing, though of course it would have been better if the Badgers had not lost to Michigan.

Here are a few pictures from out time at the Edgewater. As always click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.

Wauktoberfest 2016

We sang at Wauktoberfest at Endres Manufacturing in Waunakee on Sunday September 18th. It was a beautiful day and for once we didn’t have to worry about missing the Packer game because they had the Sunday night game. the schedule had changed a bit from previous years, so we sang later in the day after the dachshund races and the art auction.

Here are some photos from Wauktoberfest. We had a great time as always and are looking forward to next year!