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German music celebration a success at Macomb Center

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 www.detroitconcertchoir.org


“Willy” the goat:  The Schwäbische Eisebahn” folksong delights the audience when “Willy” appears with farmer and train conductor. Foto:  Leya McDonald

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