01 Jun 2015
June 1, 2015

Germans at the EuroFest 2015

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German Table at European Festival

Elke, Kecia & Manuela at German Table Saturday

This year, Germany was one of 28 countries involved in the EuroFest 2015, held May 30th and 31st.  On our right, we were next to Portugal and on our left, Switzerland.  Our table featured “The Little Black Book of Beer”, an antique globe for children to find Germany on and occasionally the Porsche, Tim, Tam & Tom were on display to delight our visitors. A few feet away, the table with “Free German Books” was also a highlight with many people coming back to pick up even more German books.

For those of you who don’t want the party to end, I would encourage you to get a ticket to the 40th Saengerfest to be held June 5th – next Friday.  Many of the “who’s who” in the German Community will be there.  To network, listen to traditional music and to enjoy being together. Book tickets here:  Horst Zimmermann email: click here or Rudy Milz email: click here

4 Carriers of the German Flag

Consul B. Dierkes- Leifeld , Anika, Beatrice Schreiber, Sophia

Shy Sophia just before flag ceremony

9-year old Sophia just before the flag ceremony, wearing an authentic dirndl

Germany also had 5 volunteers participate in the flag ceremony.  Mr. Wolfgang Christl – aka Mr. Oktoberfest, (not shown here) Consul B. Dierkes- Leifeld, Beatrice Schreiber with the German Canadian Business Association, Anika, daughter of volunteer & German Table organizer Kecia, along with Sophia, daughter of Westcoast German News owner, Elke.

The German Canadian Business Association also planned a “Beer & Bratwurst” event for its members on Saturday in the beer garden at 5 pm.  Saturday was simply a glorious day! Although there are a few people who couldn’t make it due to travels or other  commitments, we had an enjoyable time together.

Wolfgang Christl being authentic

Member Wolfgang Christl holding the beer stein – just about big enough

German Canadian Business Association

German Canadian Business Association enjoying beer & bratwurst

Concordia Choir

Concordia Choir will be one of 8 choirs performing in the Saengerfest Friday

Last Advertisement for the Saengerfest

50-Year Anniversary for the Lyra Choir!

There are still some tickets available for the amazing singing Festival to take place in Surrey, BC on Friday, June 5th. See 280 voices sing in 8 different choirs, with 3-4 different songs, from 2 different countries in the Chandos Pattison Auditorium. You will even have a chance to sing yourself! If you want tickets, now is your chance to order them!

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson:

The performing arts and musical events, such as the Saengerfest Festival, are important aspects of a city’s lifestyle. This event is a wonderful celebration of German culture and represents the multiculturalism we are so proud of in Vancouver. With performing choirs from British Columbia and across the border, the tradition of German Song will be upheld and shared throughout our community.

MGV Lyra Choir at the European FestivalHere are some great reasons to join the MGV Lyra Choir from Vancouver, BC at the 40th Saengerfest. Looking forward to the Hallelujah Chorus, especially. What is your favourite song on the list?

Prelude by Karl Schindler and the Edelweiss Musikanten


Horst Zimmermann

National Anthems

a. Canada
b. United States of America
c. Bundesrepublik Deutschland
d. Republik Österreich

Opening of the 40th Saengerfest

Master of Ceremonies:
Dieter Momeyer

Deutscher Saengergruss

Performed by MGV Lyra, Vancouver, BC

AVC Melody Choir, Vancouver, BC

Ich hab dich lieb, mein Wien! Musk: Leo Lehner; Text, Michael Klieba
Die Juliksa aus Budapest, aus der Operette “Maske in Blau” Musik Fred Raymond; Satz: Gerd Onne
Leichtes Blut, Polka Schnell: Musik: Johann Strauss op. 319 fuer gem. Chor bearb. von Leo Lehner

Concordia Choir, Spokane, WA

Das Kufsteinerlied: Musik: Karl Ganzer
Heissa, Kathreinerle: Satz: Otto Hiliger
Die drei Roeselein: Musik: Friedrich Silcher

Kelowna Liedertafel Society, Kelowna, BC

Puszta Romanze: Musik: Heinrich Geiger
Spanische Serenade: Musik: Friedrich Zimmer
Glocken der Heimat: Musik: Robert Pappert

Edelweiss Harmonie Choir, Victoria, BC

Trinkkanon: Musik: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Finkenwalzer: Text: Axel Weingarten, Musik: Willibald Quantz, bearb. Eddy Mertens
Alles, was Odem hat (Psalm 150:5), Musik: Friedrich Silcher

15 Minutes

Concordia Choir, Vancouver, BC

Gluehwuermchen: Musik: Paul Lincke, arr. Martin Fouqe
In mir kliengt ein Lied: Musik: Friedrich Chopin, arr. Ernst Marischka
Die Beredsamkeit (Freunde, Wasser machet stumm), Franz Joseph Haydn, Text: G.E. Lessing
Die Dornenvoegel: Musik: Henry Mancini, Text: Hans-Dieter Kuehn

Gesangverein Arion, Seattle, WA

Zahluebung: Musik: Wilhelm Schrey
Liebesfeier: Musik: Carl Lowe
Katjuschka Casatschok: Satz: Otto Groll, Text: Franz Berg (Tenor Solo: Carl Nims)
The Road Home, from Southern Harmony: adapt. by Stephen Paulus (Soprano Solo: Gabriele Pitts)

Liedertafel Harmonie, Portland, OR

Wochend und Sonnenschein: From the Comedien Harmonists (arr. Carsten Gerlitz)
Seehuendchen Wiegenlied: Musik: Erick Whitaker
Freunde des Schaefers: Musik: Johnson

MGV Lyra, Vancouver, BC

Gesang der Pilger bei der Heimkehr: Musik: Richard Wagner
Saenger heraus: Satz: Rudolf Deusch, Text: Josef Elser
Der Wanderer: Satz: Gerd Sorg

Mass Choir Songs

Als Freude: adapt. by Scot Crandal
Lied an die Freunde: Musik: Ludwig van Beethoven, Text: Friedrich Schiller, adapted by Scot Crandal
Unser Leben ist Musik: Gerd Sorg
Messiah No. 44: Hallelujah Chorus: Musik: Georg Friedrich Haendel

Choirs and Audience together:

Kein schoener Land in dieser Zeit.