Category Archives: Events

First Lutheran Church in Middleton

On Sunday September 11, 2016 we took part in the Annual Service at First Lutheran Church in Middleton. The church is no longer used for regular church services, it’s used mostly for weddings in the summer, but every fall there is an annual service. This year it was a special anniversary: the current church building was constructed in 1866 so this is the 150th anniversary! An addition was built in 1884 with the steeple and a new church bell. The church was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1988.

The congregation was founded in 1852, which coincidentally is the same year that the Madison Maennerchor was founded.

It was a beautiful day for the service and it was great to be there and to sing during the service. Below are a few photos; as always click on the thumbnail to see the larger image.


Deciphering Old German Script Workshop

The Max Kade Institute at UW-Madison is offering a workshop on deciphering old German script on Saturday October 1, 2016. Mark Louden will be the speaker and the workshop will be held on campus at Union South from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For all of the details, including the workshop fee, lunch menu and registration deadline, please follow this link:


Kommers 2016

The annual Wisconsin Saengerbezirk Kommers was held in Wauwatosa on Saturday June 18th at Hart Park. The Milwaukee Damenchor hosted the competition. Below are my pictures of Kommers; as always please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Damenchor for winning the competition, and MGV Harmonia Kenosha and the Gesangverein Concordia Sheboygan for placing second and third!


Make Music Madison

We will be taking part in the Make Music Madison event on Tuesday June 21. We’ll be singing at the Madison Public Library (the central branch at 201 W. Mifflin Street) at 7:00 p.m. We will be performing outside the main entrance of the library, rain or shine.

Here are links to our event listing and also the schedule of performances at the Public Library.

Singers: please be at the library at 6:30 to warm up before the performance.



German Beer Barons in SE Wisconsin

At the Monday March 7th meeting of the German Interest Group – Wisconsin, Michael Rehberg, Black Point Estate, Lake Geneva, will talk about “German Beer Barons in Southeastern Wisconsin.” The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2921 Mount Zion Avenue in Janesville. Here’s a link to the meeting and speaker info page on the German Interest Group’s web site:


Stiftungsfest 2016

On Saturday February 13th, we had our annual Stiftungsfest celebration. This year we did something a little different: we took a bus to Monroe for dinner at the Turner Hall. Before dinner we stopped at Minhas Brewery to sample some of their products and sing a few songs. And on our way back to Madison we stopped at Puemple’s Olde Tavern in New Glarus for a beer and a few more songs.

Here are some pictures – click on the thumbnail to see the larger image.

Max Kade Institute Lectures

Stories of Freedom and Unfreedom in German and Other Immigrant Voices in the Americas, 1500-1870
Aaron Fogleman, Northern Illinois University
March 15, 6pm
UW–Madison, Memorial LIBRARY, room 126

An Extraordinary Record: Three-Plus Centuries of Germans in New Orleans as Documented in the Holdings of The Historic New Orleans Collection
Daniel Hammer, Historic New Orleans Collection
April 7, 6pm
UW–Madison, Union South

Of German Neighborhoods and Low German Villages: Spoken German in South Africa
Peter Wagener (Emeritus), Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany
April 19, 6pm
UW–Madison, Union South

More information at

Christmas Concert & Dinner 2015

“A heartfelt thanks to all of those who attended the Madison Männerchor (MMC) Christmas concert Sunday afternoon. We very much appreciate your support and sincerely hope you had a good time in helping us celebrate the holiday season. We hope you enjoyed the concert as much as we enjoyed performing for you. For those who stayed for dinner, we hope you enjoyed the meal. It is always a treat to have good catered food like we had from Cranberry Creek and Ralph Clasen’s outstanding ham baked in sourdough.

I hope some of the men who attended the concert take us up on our concert ticket rebate offer by attending one of our Thursday night rehearsals, either in January or February. We practice every Thursday night at 8:00 pm at Madison Turner Hall. We hope to see you there. Our next practice is Thursday, January 7th at 8:00 pm. We are taking the holidays off and we have a performance this Thursday at Oakwood Village West at 7:00 pm.

Thanks again and everyone “hab ein Frohen Weihnachten und ein Guten Rutsch ins Neu Jahr.” (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)”

Gϋnther Ruch, President
Madison Männerchor

Here are a few photos from the concert and dinner on Sunday December 13th – as always, click on the small image to see the larger photo.


Christmas Concert and Dinner 2015

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 13, 2015 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 $23/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 $8/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 3rd if possible. Email or call Alan at (608) 335-0770.