Our Savior’s Lutheran (Milwaukee) German Choir Tour

This is the beginning of some travelog notes on the 2007 tour to Germany by the Senior Choir of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Michael Barna, director, John Seboldt, organist)

Michael organized this in connection with a sister city relationship between Brookfield, WI (in Waukesha County) and Seligenstadt, Germany (in Kreis Offenbach). With Seligenstadt and Kreis Offenbach officials doing most of the organizing, it should be a very hospitable affair.

The singing itinerary is:

  • June 10 – Our Savior’s (bon voyage)
  • June 15 – Dom, Mainz (informal)
  • June 17 – Basilika, Seligenstadt (Sunday Mass and afternoon concert)
  • June 19 – Thomaskirche, Leipzig (informal)
  • June 21 – Kreuzkirche, Dresden (informal)
  • June 23 – Nieder-Roden (at 135th anniversary celebration of the Sängerkranz Polyhymnia

A complete Google Map is at this link. A PDF scan of the program is here, basic listing below

Go Not Far from Me O God Zingarelli
Christus factus est Bruckner
Alleluja, surrexit Dominus vere Jachet de Berchem
A Modern Medieval Carol Mawby
Were You There? arr. Burleigh
Sing Unto God Fetler
The Lamb John Chorbajian
Little Lamb arr. DeCormier
Simple Gifts arr. Marie Pooler
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho arr. John Purifoy
I Have Dreamed (The King and I) arr. Kirby Shaw
Over the Rainbow arr. Emerson
Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit arr. Dawson
A Gaelic Blessing Rutter

Some short solo playing opportunities for me will be connected with the programs. In Seligenstadt, my emphasis will follow that of Mike’s choral programming: American music with a popular flavor, without ignoring classic European selections!

Three Global Songs (Halle, Halle / Linstead / Siyahamba) John Behnke
Benedictus, op. 59 Max Reger
Every Time I Feel the Spirit Adolphus Hailstork

Other selections prepared:

Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV541 Bach
Te Deum, op. 59 Max Reger
Sonata 2: Maestoso Gustav Merkel

Numerous other Bach works, Mendelssohn sonata movements, etc. will pour out of the memory on encountering appropriate historic instruments. The only pre-arranged historic organ visit is a time slot at the Trost organ, Schlosskirche, Altenburg, with its close connection to Bach. See the Google Maps entries for links.

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