Our own Paul Wertsch was the subject of an article in the UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health quarterly magazine. Oddly enough, the article is not about prescribing brandy for choir members.
If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to see the online version of the article.
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:
Group photo of the 2020 Madison Maennerchor
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!
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.
“Tom George Greenway is for Thomas T. George (1924-1999), a Madison lawyer, alderman from 1971 to 1975, and a Heritage Heights resident who lived at 905 Inwood Way.”
Tom sang with the Männerchor for many years. This Greenway is located off of Cottage Grove Road on the East side of Madison.
After the race we made the usual stop at the beer tent to replenish fluids.
It’s been a couple of years since the last time we sang at the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest, but a couple of us take part in the 5 K race almost every year. This year we were once again just a single Tenor II short of having a quartet.
The race was on Saturday morning August 29th; the rain had stopped by race time, though it did sprinkle a little and there was enough mist that I was glad I remembered to wear my lucky rain hat. After the race, there was the traditional stop at the beer tent to “replenish fluids.” And we all got free peaches. I have no idea why they were giving away peaches, but I was happy to take one.
At our rehearsal on April 9th, we had some special visitors from Calgary: Paul Hermann and his daughter Dorothy. Paul sang with the Maennerchor while he was in an exchange student at the University back in 1951-52. So he was a part of the choir during the centennial year of 1952.
A group of German exchange students in 1951. Paul Hermann is #12.
The key to the group photo form 1951
Here are some photos from the rehearsal on April 9.
Paul (in the NY Yankees ball cap) with the choir
Paul and Mel
Paul and Dorothy with Joe
Paul and Dorothy with Mel; the photo is of Paul’s German exchange student group