Austrian Choir Heimatecho

The Austrian mixed Choir “Heimatecho” has been singing together since 1980 when a group of members of the Austrian-Canadian Society got together to rehearse some traditional songs for the Christmas party at the newly opened Austrian-Canadian Cultural Centre. Over the years 30 singers joined the choir, which performs at various club functions and also sings at senior homes and hospitals. New singers are always welcome to join the choir. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

For more information please call Frieda Foidl 403 246-0259.

Choir Report

Dear Friends and Members:

Our choir started early in September to practice and perform at our 43rd anniversary what a fun event. We thank everyone that had a chance to have a great time we had new people that visited the club for the first time and they gave the evening a special happy spirit.

The entertaining Calgary Male chorus singing was a special delight also the presentation of the dance group Schuhplattler Verein Enzian made people happy. Our Choir Heimatecho with Choir Director Jeannie Park continues to be the musical ambassadors sharing the wonderful treasure of Austrian Culture with enjoyment and dedication. We had a wonderful audience the spirit held on till the late hours. The dance floor was busy with happy dancing to Jana and Danny.

In October we had several performances, begininning with one at the Colonel Belcher Senior Residence. It is also Kathy Maier’s home. We sang Austrian folk songs and made it fun for the audience to sing along..There was a Saengertreffen in Calgary on October 28th 2023 at McDougal United Church. Six choirs performed and our choir Heimatecho was included. There will be a Christkindlmarkt on November 26th that should be fun to see people socializing everyone meet on this day at the club. You will find arts and crafts, baking and some nice presents for Christmas.

Our Choir is invited to perform Traditional Austrian Christmas Songs at the Wirth Institute in Edmonton Silent night on December the 10th. We will be performing with four choirs and musician from different Cultures. It is important to keep our heritage alive with mostly Austrian music, like the Stille Nacht by Franz Gruber. Our Christmas party will be at the club where we celebrate with good food and lots of singing. Choir Heimatecho wishes everyone for the holiday season, the music of laughter and friendship. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2024.

With best wishes,
Frieda Foidl

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