Toledo - The Carpathia Choir received an invitation from the Toledo
Teutonia Männer and Damen Chor to participate in their Spring Concert. This
wonderful invitation was presented to the choir members and it was decided
that after a long, hard winter everybody wanted to go. A bus trip was
arranged by Mrs. Blondine Klimach, and on April the 26th at 4:00 pm we
departed from the Carpathia Club. Our group was well represented with 40
singers and a few guests onboard. It turned out to be a beautiful day that
made for an enjoyable bus ride. We arrived in Toledo at about 5:30 pm. The
club doors were open and we received a very warm welcome.
Shortly thereafter, a delicious dinner was served, consisting of Chicken
Cordon Bleu, California mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and a beautiful
green salad. Dessert was a wonderful selection of cake and coffee.
Following dinner, the concert began with the Toledo Choirs performing. After
a short intermission, the Carpathia Choir took the stage. Thanks to our
Director, Mr. Erwin Aufdemberge, and our piano accompanist, Mrs. Lisa
Meredith, we were well prepared and our performance was well received. After
completing our individual program, we performed two additional pieces as a
mass choir with the Teutonia Männerchor und Damenchor, along with the Maumee
Community Band Brass Ensemble. The first piece was “Sine Nomine” under the
direction of Mr. Eric Graber, the Director of the Teutonia Choirs. The
second piece was “Go Ye Now In Peace” under the direction our own director,
Mr. Erwin Aufdemberge. At the conclusion of the concert, a Band called
“Encore” played some familiar tunes, to which most of choir members were
singing along with and dancing to. It was a very enjoyable evening.
At about 11:00 pm, it was, unfortunately, time to say good bye to our hosts
and head back to our own club. Before heading out, the Carpathia Choir
assembled and we sang our parting song: “Als Freunde kamen, wir, als Freunde
gehen wir.” This song says it all: As friends we came, and as friend we go.
I am sure that for many days to come we will reminisce about this wonderful
trip to Toledo, Ohio. As for me, I am proud to be a part of this
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