On Saturday, members from Beethoven Maennerchor, Damenchor and the band gathered to celebrate the past, present and future of the club, which turns 148 years old this year.
Beethoven Maennerchor president Claus Heide, and Damenchor president Kay Locker, offered remarks about the traditions and storied past of Beethoven. In addition to the people who've made Beethoven a second home for decades, they told audience members that the club will only survive with new members who vow to continue putting effort and work into the place.
The Maennerchor, Damenchor and band all performed, with each group leader recalling their respective organization's age. The band recognized its members for their involvement from five years to 35! The Damenchor also recognized its members, starting with five years. The Maennerchor only offers recognition at 25 and 50 years. We have one Maennerchor member who actually received both of those awards. Rudy Biedermann, who sings first bass in the choir, has been a part of Beethoven since the late 1940s!
Following the performances, everyone gathered in the club and Damenchor room to eat cake, drink punch or their favorite German beverage, and enjoy the fellowship of one another.
If you would like to join any of the programs at Beethoven Maennerchor, we welcome you and would be excited for you to become a member of the family! Applications can be found on the program's page. For membership in the Maennerchor or Damenchor, please fill out the form and return it to the club room in person. We also invite you to volunteer your time and talents preparing and serving food, working in the parking lot, helping with the gate or ticket booths, or any other aspect of the club. Contact us and we'll put you in touch with the right person!