The Toledo Swiss Singers, one of the area’s oldest singing groups, will be teaching the audience to yodel Nov. 7 at their fall concert.
Titled “Yodelicious!,” the concert will feature traditional Swiss and some recognizable yodeling songs, along with a tribute to Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. The evening begins with authentic Swiss food sold à la carte, available 5:30-7 p.m. and 30 minutes after the concert at The Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road in Oregon. The concert begins at 7:30 – and is followed by dancing to live music by Dan Welch.
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This is the first concert to feature the singers since their big win in June at Saengerfest, a competition, Swiss singing and yodeling festival held in New Glarus, Wisconsin, June 18-21. The group was awarded a gold prize for their mixed-choir German prize song “Waldeinsamkeit” by F. Abi.
Ladies from the group were presented with a silver prize for their singing of the French song “Marine” by J. Mamie. The singers will open the Nov. 7 concert with these songs.
About the Singers
Currently under the direction of Micah Graber, the choir has been a cultural staple in the Toledo area since 1869 — that’s 146 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 usually perform three concerts annually, including a wide variety of traditional Swiss, Broadway, Gospel and American music.
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.