Tuesday, March 31, 2009

58th District Saengerfest

On the weekend of 17-19 April, the Indianapolis Liederkranz will host the 58th District Saengerfest of the Southern Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois District of the North American Saengerbund.

This is an organization comprised of German clubs around the country that were founded by German immigrants to maintain the culture and heritage of their homeland through song. The Southern Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois District is composed of thirteen clubs.

This year there will be approximately 300 singers participating in the combined concert on 18 April. Also performing as part of the concert will be the Athenaeum Pops Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Lee Jones. The combined choir will be directed by Mrs. Loesje Chandler, the choir director of the Indianapolis Liederkranz, who is in her 30th year as their director.

The weekend will begin on the evening of 17 April with a welcome reception for out of town visitors at the Indianapolis Liederkranz, 1417 East Washington Street, Indianapolis.

On 18 April, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center, downtown Indianapolis After the concert, there will be a dance with music provided by the Original Alpine Express. There will also be a demonstration of German dancing provided by Die Fledermaeuschen dance group from the German American Club of Indianapolis.

Admission for the concert and dance is $20. Tickets may be purchased at the Heidelberg Café on Pendleton Pike or at Claus German Sausage and Meats on South Shelby Street or by contacting Loesje Chandler, 317:782-9216, or Dennis Gehlhausen, 317:716-2319.


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