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
I’ve also posted this on our Facebook page, but in case you didn’t see the article in last Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal about the brewing program at UW – Madison, click here. The class is taught by MMC member Hans Zoerb.
No singing for us at the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest again this year, but a couple of us took part in the 5 K race. It was a very hot and humid morning, so naturally we were very thirsty when we finished the run.
MMC members replenishing fluids after completing the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest 5 K run.
I really like to post sock photos, but every once in a while you get the chance to step outside of the box, so I just had to post this photo of a T-shirt at our rehearsal tonight:
I think this is even better than the famous “Irish yoga” T-shirt…
The choir didn’t sing at the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest this year, but several of us took part in the 5 K race. And naturally we had to “replenish fluids” after the race.
We’re looking for a second tenor for next year’s race, to complete the quartet.
MMC singers after finishing the 2013 Middleton Good Neighbor Fest 5 K race
Former Madison Maennerchor director Ron Rockow had the opportunity to direct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at their concert at the Overture Center in Madison on Tuesday June 18, 2013. The Wisconsin State Journal has the full story here. The State Journal also has some photos of the rehearsal and concert.
Service for George Dickinson: Friday, June 1st at 11:00 at the Winn-Cress Funeral Home on 5785 Highway Q in Waunakee. Visitation: 10-11 am, followed by procession to the cemetery and burial with military rights.
George Dickinson - 2012
George joined the Madison Maennerchor in 1967. He received his 40-year pin in 2008. He will be missed.
Click here for George’s obituary.
Heinz Weiss laid to rest at Verona Cemetery
Our former comrade in song passed away recently.
His obituary can be found at this link
Gottlieb Grimm was originally from Bottingen in the Kingdom of Württemberg, Germany. He was born in 1831 and learned the craft of bookbinding from his father, Gelasius Grimm. He emigrated to America in 1849 and settled in Madison, WI in 1850 where he began his life as a Bookbinder. It is reported that Gottlieb bound the first book ever in Madison. The book was actually a collection of back issues of Graham’s Magazine, which Madison banker Simeon Mills had saved and wanted bound. As a side note, Gottlieb was also a founding member of the Madison Maennerchor, a German singing society started in 1852 which patterned after the similar groups in the “old country”.
Here is a link to the Grimm Bindery in Madison, Wisconsin.
Our performance was at 7 p.m. in the main floor auditorium. Later, we all moved to the dining room. Our concert sponsor and retired MMC singer, Dick Layman, arranged for sandwiches and Wahrsteiner beer after the concert in the dining room above the auditorium. Singing erupted soon after the beer and drinks were passed around!
Both the auditorium and dining room were filled to capacity with residents and Maennerchor singers (we’re in the white shirts, of course). A great time was had by all.
Thank you, Dick, for bringing such joy your community!
We had a lot of people at this celebration!
Singing and festivities at Oakwood Village
We sang and had a great time at Oakwood