German Village Gazette

Maennerchor, Damenchor to present concert

The Columbus Maennerchor and Damenchor will present their Spring Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at David Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 Groveport Road in Canal Winchester.

There is no admission charge for the concert, but donations will be accepted.

The concert will include a guest appearance by the Otterbein University vocal group, Camerata.

The prelude will begin at 3:45 p.m., performed by Marc Heeg.

John Long, a longtime music teacher in the Pickerington Local School District, is musical director of the Maennerchor and Damenchor. Bianca de Maria will be the accompanist.

The Columbus Maennerchor Men's Chorus was founded in 1848. It is believed to be the oldest and largest continuously operating German singing society in North America.

The 12 original founders of the club were German immigrants who decided to get together to sing songs from their homeland and share good times.

The Damenchor Women's Chorus was founded in 1931.

Under Long's direction, both groups have performed in central Ohio, at national Sangerfests, in Europe and in Germany, sharing the musical and cultural heritage of German-Americans.

The concert will feature works by Beethoven, von Weber and Mendelssohn; as well as popular Broadway classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Irving Berlin.

Several German folksongs and an Austrian yodel also will be featured

The Camerata is a select ensemble comprised of 40 students, most of whom are music majors. The ensemble performs vocal music of all style periods under the direction of professor Paul Jackson.

Additional information about the concert can be found on the website