Virtual Lecture: “‘Wo man singt:’ German-American Singing Festivals, 1849–1914” with Heike Bungert

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Virtual Event
@ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 12:00 pm Central Time
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Between 1849 and 1914, German-American singing festivals with thousands of participants and visitors were a constant yet changing element in the cultural landscape of the United States. They brought German and European music to America, helped immigrants construct a German-American (musical) identity, and contributed to asserting their status in society. This presentation will focus on the beginnings and the expansion of German-American choirs, especially Männerchöre (choirs for male voices), singing federations and their festivals, and the musical repertoire that was performed from the mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of World War I.

Heike Bungert is Professor for North American History at the University of Münster in Ger