On May 6, 2012 we sang at the Wisconsin State Capitol in celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Madison Maennerchor. We had a video recording made of the concert which was available on DVD. We’ve converted the DVD to MP4 format and posted the video of the concert on YouTube. The link is below:
MMC 160th Anniversary concert
Finding Our German Ancestors in Europe:
a Workshop for Genealogists
Gemuetlichkeit Bucky on the Capitol Square
Those of you who live in the Madison area have probably seen or heard of the “Bucky on Parade” public art project. This involves 85 different Bucky Badger statues in the Madison area, each one 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. Every statue is transformed by a local artist into a unique representation of Bucky. Here is a link to the WMTV story.
Tim found the “Gemütlichkeit Bucky” near the Capitol and took this picture. Click on the thumbnail to see the larger image.
For more information on the art project, here is the official Bucky on Parade web site. There are maps on the web site showing the location of all 85 of the Buckies. The project runs from May 7, to September 12, 2018.
When the Monona Terrace was being built, the public was offered the opportunity to purchase commemorative tiles for placement on the Terrace Roof Garden.
The other day I finally had a chance to locate (again) the tile purchased by the Madison Männerchor at the time.
It is located in the southeast corner of the Roof Garden, near the sign for the Lake Vista Cafe (see picture).
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!
Guenther has written an article on the history of the Madison Maennerchor for the Friend of the Max Kade Institute’s Fall 2016 newsletter. Here’s a link to the PDF version of the article:
History of the MMC
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.
A view of the church from the cemetery
The interior of the church
Warming up before the service
The Madison Männerchor was mentioned in two places in the Winter 2015-2016 edition of the the “Wisconsin Magazine of History”.
In the article, “Green Turtle Soup, Lobster Newburg and Roman Punch”, the MMC is referred to as “Suitable entertainment…” on page 19 and listed on the reproduced menu from 1901 on page 21.
Wisconsin Magazine of History – Winter 2015-2016
Hello friends–please spread the word and invite your friends! Here’s a chance to enjoy a great afternoon of entertainment this Sunday, October 13 at the annual Wine Fest. It’s a friendly mix of Austrian Volksmusik, Viennese songs and operetta, humor and skits, and you get to dance and sing along!
33rd Annual Wine Fest
Austrian American Society of Milwaukee
Sunday, October 13, 2013
at the Schwabenhof in Menomonee Falls
N56 W14750 Silver Spring Drive
Doors open at 1:00 p.m.
Program begins at 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy Authentic Austrian Volksmusik, Elegant Viennese Song, Skits, Good Humor, Old-World Culture and a chance to sing and dance along! Featuring the exquisite zither music of Kurt von Eckroth and the graceful singing of soprano Rachel Renee.
Tickets $8.00 at the door on the day of the event—no pre-sales.
Additionally, fine food and beverages will be available from the Austrian Club and from the Schwabenhof bar and restaurant staff.
For more information contact:
Doug Scott, (414) 614-2235