Germaine Strobel, co-producer, accepts the appreciation of the choir and
audience with Pete DiSante (l) the master of ceremonies, and Chuck Furchak
and Tom Norager, soloists. Foto: Leya McDonald
Sterling Heights - The award-winning Detroit Concert Choir
began their 2012-13 season with a concert celebrating German music at the
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 PM.
This program included, for the first time, a performance of German folk
songs and dancing along with the classical repertoire for which the choir is
notably acclaimed. The program entitled,“Oktoberfest Concert -a musical
celebration“ was under the baton of Gordon Nelson, artistic director and
DCC founder. “We wanted to honor the German community by focusing on the
great historic music of the classics as well as the festival music so
popular today -- it was a varied and inclusive program enjoyed by performers
and audience alike” said Nelson.
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the choir and they were pleased to
feature this program of the great classical German composers such as
Mendelssohn, Schubert and Bach, combined with the gregarious music of
Oktoberfest. This latter portion of the concert was produced by Germaine
Strobel and conducted by Stan Harr, both choir members. Peter DiSante,
master of ceremonies, warmly welcomed the audience with a lusty version of
“Willkommen” from the musical “Cabaret.” The German dance numbers were
performed by the Carpathia Jugendgruppe, charming in their traditional
German outfits, while the musical accompaniment for the Oktoberfest medley
was ably provided by Austrian musicians Herb Gruber and Rick Michels. There
were solos, duets, and an opportunity for the audience to join in singing
which they embraced enthusiastically.
The choir has built a worldwide reputation for excellence as a local,
national, and international pacesetter in choral music. The group of 70 men
and women delivers a broad spectrum of musical experiences from contemporary
compositions through American folk/gospel, world-famous opera, as well as
the great classical works for chorus and orchestra. Over the years the
choir has been the recipient of 18 national and international awards
including the prestigious “Choir of the World.”
It is hoped that this concert’s theme of Oktoberfest will become an annual
tradition at the Macomb Center since the choir has been invited to partner
with them and will be performing three concerts at the venue this season.
The Center is located at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. Mark your
calendars for the DCC’s very popular Christmas Concert, which will take
place on Sunday, December 9, at 3 PM. Tickets are already being sold at the
Center Box Office, 586 286-2222 or online at www.macombcenter.com.
For more information, call DCC at: 313 882-0118 or visit