40th Anniversary Sängerfest of the Nord Pacific Sängerbund to be held this spring in Surrey, British Columbia
June 5th, 2015 – Surrey, British Columbia – The Vancouver-based MGV Lyra German Men’s Choir will be hosting the 40th Anniversary of the North Pacific Sängerbund in June 2015. Eight choirs, with more than 280 singers, will be participating in this exciting event. The individual performing choirs include German and Austrian mixed and male choirs from British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The concert will culminate with a mass choir performance consisting of all participating singers.
The event will be held on June 5th, 2015 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey, British Columbia. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Rudy Milz at (604) 987-2838. The cost is twenty dollars.
The Sängerfest has a very long history and is proud to be celebrating its 40th anniversary. The first festival was held in 1902 when choirs from the Pacific Northwest gathered in Seattle. From 1902 on, festivals were held either annually or every other year until 1936. After a pause during the difficult years of WW II, German choirs resumed their activities and reunited in 1952 to celebrate their first post-war and 15th Song Festival in Seattle, Washington. Since then, festivals have been held every two to three years.
Coinciding with this year’s Sängerfest, the hosting Vancouver-based choir (MGV Lyra) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Under the guidance of very dedicated conductors, the powerful voices of the Lyra Men’s Choir have resounded in many communities throughout British Columbia and the United States. The four extended concert tours through Germany are also highlights of the choir’s fifty-year existence.
Events such as this year’s Sängerfest provides enjoyable entertainment of significant cultural value and seeks to uphold the noble tradition of German Song, which is, and will always be, part of our collective heritage. It is also an opportunity to celebrate and share German culture with a broad audience and build new connections within the community.
Quotes “MGV Lyra is proud to be hosting this year’s Sängerfest. It is an opportunity to jointly celebrate our club’s 50th anniversary and the 40th Sängerfest in the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to celebrating German culture and language through this festival and sharing our love of choral singing with the community at large.”
Horst Zimmermann, Chairman of the Event Committee
“I am honoured that MGV Lyra will be hosting this year’s Sängerfest. Singing in the choir has influenced my life greatly. Our club is more than a social group; it is a family. I am very excited that our choir can share its love for German singing and culture with the broader community.”
Dieter Momeyer, Past President of MGV Lyra For more information:
Horst Zimmermann Chairman of the Event Committee
Phone: (604) 371-2409