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Das Schwarze Brett - Issue 5

Das Schwarze Brett is a German Canadian Magazine for German-speakers on the west coast of Canada and the US. It shares what is going on in the Austrian, German & Swiss communities of new, first, second and third generation Germans.

8 Christmas Market

8 Christmas Market Highlights November 22nd to December 24th, 2017 Top Left - North Pole in the Alpine Hut Top Middle - Gluehwein, Flying Stage and Pyriamid Top Right - German sign Middle Left - Beatrice Schreiber in the Christmas Tree Middle Right - Das Gulasch Haus Centre - Elke Porter with a cookie Bottom Left - Carousel Bottom Right - Das Apfel Haus www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com ©Westcoast German News publishes Das Schwarze Brett 6 times a year

9 Concordia Choir At their Christmas Concert December 9, 2017 at 2 pm As usual, Inge Webb, a member of the Vancouver Alpen Club and the Concordia Choir, called everyone to invite them to the Christmas Concert for a “festive afternoon of songs and Gemütlichkeit”. The first picture to the left shows the Choir, made up of around 40 to 50 sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. They sang many traditional German Christmas carols and had a bake sale in between the first and second half of their concert. Sophia Porter (seen in the middle picture) was asked to take charge of the coat check and was the youngest volunteer. She also helped serve coffee & cookies. The Concordia Choir is pretty much a family-run organization. Karin Frank (from right to left) is the President, Manfred Frank does public relations, Tanya Frank is the accompanist and finally, Tanya’s husband, Shinji Marumo sings tenor. The Concordia is a member of the North Pacific Sängerbund. They practice and hold their own concerts at the Vancouver Alpen Club. They have singers from a wide range of backgrounds, including German, Canadian, Swiss, Japanese, French-Canadian, Chinese, Bulgarian, Russian and have a Brazilian Conductor, Sergio Pires. The Concordia Choir was founded in 1976 and for years have been singing at the German Canadian Care Home, the German Canadian Heritage Plaza, the Vancouver Christmas Market, the Benefit Concert for the German Canadian Benevolent Society. They also have played at the European Festival in Burnaby several times. Their practice take place every Thursday at 7:30 to 9:30 pm and they always welcome new members to their choir. Their usual concerts include a Spring Concert, a Saengerfest (every second or third year), a benefit concert, a fall concert and now they have added a Christmas Concert to their repertoire. Contact Karin Frank at karin@concordiachoir.ca http://www.concordiachoir.ca ©Westcoast German News publishes Das Schwarze Brett 6 times a year