Join us Nov. 19 for our fall concert, ‘Harvest Holiday’
The Toledo Swiss Singers, one of the area’s oldest singing groups, will open the 2017-2018 season at their fall concert Nov. 19 with a celebration of music, friends and good food, ahead of Thanksgiving.
The concert, titled “Harvest Holiday,” will feature friendly and familiar songs, along with traditional Swiss songs. The special Sunday afternoon concert begins at 3 p.m. with a pork roast dinner served following the performance at The Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road in Oregon.
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Currently under the direction of Micah Graber, the choir has been a cultural staple in the Toledo area since 1869 — that’s 149 years of celebrating Swiss culture in the area. The chorus in its current form has been around since 1924. Its aim is to retain and preserve the culture and songs of Switzerland, to live up to the singers’ ancestors’ tenets of faith and behavior, help others, and to be good citizens.
The Singers perform two concerts annually, including a wide variety of traditional Swiss, Broadway, Gospel and American music, as well as a special performance in February.
The season ahead
For the 2017-2018 season, the Singers will present “Murder under the Big Top,” their fourth annual dinner-theatre mystery event, on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25. The group will close the season with its spring concert on Sunday, May 6.
The end of the season also marks the culmination of three years of preparations for the Singers with Saengerfest 2018, an international Swiss singing and yodel festival that the singers are hosting in Toledo in June. The Singers are part of North American Swiss Singing Alliance (NASSA), made up of 14 choirs from Canada and the U.S. They compete internationally every three years; the most recent competition was held in June 2015 in New Glarus, Wis., where the group was awarded gold and silver prizes. The next competition will be held in June 2018 in Toledo. Learn more about Saengerfest by visiting the official website.
The nonprofit organization is also part of the larger German American Festival (GAF) Society, which most people associate with the festival held annually in August. The society consists of seven German-speaking societies. During the festival, the Singers set up and operate the Swiss Cheese Haus, along with the Stein Stossen contest. The GAF Festival draws more than 30,000 people on an average weekend and is the largest ethnic festival in this part of the country.
The Swiss Singers practice Wednesday evenings at 7:30 at Oak Shade Grove from September to May.