Category Archives: MMC Activities

Singing at the Biergarten in Olbrich Park

We’ve been meeting informally every two weeks or so this summer, and on July 8th we met at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park. If you’ve never been there, you really should visit sometime – it’s a great place to sit and relax and enjoy the view on Lake Monona. Oh, and perhaps drink a beer or two.

We met there at 6:30 or so and after we had warmed up, Paul Essert led us through a few songs. It was a beautiful evening, with very few mosquitos, and it was good to sing together again. I’m sure it’s only a coincidence that soon after we began to sing, several of the tables near us suddenly became empty 🙂

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Singing in the parking lot

On Thursdays June 3rd we had one of our biweekly parking lot meetings at Turner Hall. We had about ten members in attendance, and after replenishing fluids on such a warm day, we warmed up and sang a few songs. After a Bierpause, we saw a few more songs. It was good to sing together again!

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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!

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.

Rehearsals Suspended until April 9, 2020

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.