BRISBANE LIEDERTAFEL/LIEDERKRANZ MIXED CHOIR
The choir was founded by Willi Kortz and Eddie Neuhaus in 1998 after many requests by interested singers to form a mixed choir.
The choir started out with 17 members and has now swelled to 45 members and is still growing. The first public performance was held at the “Lufthansa Ball” at the Brisbane German Club in September 1998, followed by Christmas Carols at the City Hall in 1998 and 1999. The Choir held their first Annual Concert in 1999 and their first Christmas Concert at the Club in 2000.
In 2003, the men from the Liedertafel choir joined forces and are now part of the Mixed Choir. In 2007 the Choir changed their name to reflect this union and is now known as “Brisbane Liedertafel/Liederkranz Mixed Choir” in honour of the Brisbane Liedertafel’s 125th Birthday.
The musical Director, Leo Keller, has a wide range of musical experiences both as a conductor and as a soloist. Leo sang solo roles in major works with various orchestras. Leo also took leading roles in productions of the Light Opera Co. of Qld. He has formed and conducted numerous choirs in his lifetime and now concentrates on maintaining the standards of the Brisbane Liedertafel/Liederkranz Mixed Choir.
The Choir’s piano accompanist, Olga Lipsky, who joined the Choir in 2000, is a recently retired Music Librarian at Griffith University’s Conservatorium of Music.
The Choir also performs at nursing homes when requested and participates every 3-4 years at the Sängerfest event held around Australia. There are between 15-17 German Choirs coming together to participate in these great musical events.
There is always room for some more enthusiastic singers to join our Choir. It costs $50.00 to join. The choir practices Tuesday night from 6.30-9.00pm at the Brisbane German Club. Come, have a look and listen!
For any enquiries, please contact:
Brisbane Liedertafel/Liederkranz Mixed Choir
c/o Brisbane German Club
416 Vulture Street
East Brisbane, Qld, 4169
Ph: 3397 0971 (Monika Kortz – Secretary)
Email: [email protected]
ALPENROSEN DANCE GROUP
The “Trachten und Volkstanzgruppe Brisbane Deutscher Turnverein” was formed in 1958 to help celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Brisbane German Club.
The group consists of a Junior Group with children from the ages of 6 – 12 years and a Senior group from the ages of 12 – 60.
The traditional dance they perform is called the Schuhplattler (Shoe-Slapping). This dancing comes from Upper Bavaria and Tyrol. They also perform the traditional Ringing of the Cowbells (Glocken) which consist of large and small sets of bells that are musically tuned. They play 250 songs ranging from German, Australian, Italian etc.
The group does a variety of events from the small to major events around Brisbane. They also travel around Australia to events such as the National Volkstanzfest held every two years.
If you are interested in booking them for an event or joining, please contact:
Leanne Langer 0412 033 035
email : [email protected]
1st and 2nd Tuesday of each month
Bells: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Dancing: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
in the Brisbane German Club’s Main Hall!
The principal activities of the Ladies Auxiliaries are to assist where needed at Club functions and to raise funds by organising Raffles – be it at the monthly Frühschoppen, Members Christmas Parties, Mother’s Day and other functions held at the Club, as well as purchasing gifts for the Children’s Christmas Party each year.
The Skat players meet every second Sunday of the month (Frühschoppen) at the club for their game of cards. Some players also meet every second Wednesday night for extra practice games. Each year the Skat players take part in the Australian championships which are held at a different city each year.
For information, please contact:
Werner Simke (07) 3300 2565 or 0410 118 371.