Wisconsin Lutheran Choir & Chamber Choir
2005 International Concert Tour

Tuesday, May 17 - 1:00 p.m. St. Martin-in-the-Field
Trafalgar Square
London, England
Tuesday, May 17 - 7:30 p.m. St. Botolph's Church
Off Queen Street
Colchester, England
Thursday, May 19 - 7:45 p.m. The State Hall
Heathfield, England
Sunday, May 22 - 6:30 p.m. Skola Martina Luthera
Plzen, Czech Republic
Tuesday, May 24 - 7:00 p.m. Katholische St. Pankratius Kirche
Flossenbürg, Germany
Thursday, May 26 - 8:00 p.m. Ev. Kirche Gosau
Gosau, Austria
Saturday, May 28 - 7:00 p.m. Ev. Kirche St. Katharinen
Oppenheim, Germany
Sunday, May 29 - 5:00 p.m. Christuskirche
Mainz, Germany

Choir Members to Canvass and Sing in Mainz, DE
By Kathryn Behm, Soprano

If you're headed to Germany this Spring, be sure to make a stop in Mainz on May 29th to support the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir! It's true - (60) of your fellow students will be singing eight-part harmony to Singet Dem Herrn, a piece composed by Johann Sebastian Bach himself, who most likely also walked the streets of Mainz during the 17th century.

Before the spellbinding concert at Christuskirche, the choir plans to make special use of their tour time to help build an audience for an evening music outreach event. Following a tradition that began four years ago on the 2001 European tour, the choir will collaborate with the WELS Civilian Chaplaincy for Europe with the support of the Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter of WELS Kingdom Workers. The choir is also happy to announce the involvement of Thrivent's West Central Milwaukee Chapter as a supporting cast member through its Care Abounds in Communities program.

The civilian chaplaincy was established in the early 1970's to serve WELS military personnel stationed in Europe. Today, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod members served by the chaplaincy are about half military and half civilian. According to Rev. Michael Schroeder, one of the pastors serving in the chaplaincy, there are currently 230 names on their mailing list, and they are continuing to grow. He is looking forward to the choir's visit.. "We hope that this concert will bring us into contact with either English-speaking Germans or those who do not know about us yet in the military community."

Leah Bauer, a former choir member and European traveler reminisces about her chaplaincy experience in Mainz. "It's just the most inspiring mission I've ever seen. With all of the retreats and the wonderful people you meet along the way, you get a community feeling. Being among WELS people on the other side of the world, you take in different cultural spins on current issues, and a feeling of home - a sense of oneness in Christ in a completely other location than you're used to."

KW LogoAs in 2001, the choir plans to canvass through the streets of the Alt Stadt, singing and handing out information about their evening concert. The canvassing will be preceded by concert publicity intended to reach American business and military personnel as well as English-speaking Europeans.

As with many of the tour venues, the choir is excited to sing in Christuskirche, a large church that is said to have expert acoustics. Patrons will not only enjoy the emotional final performance of the 2005 International Concert Tour, they will hear the Good News message from Pastor Schroeder and learn about opportunities for Christian growth, fellowship, and support.

The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir is proud to aid the chaplaincy in their mission of outreach in the German community in such a beautiful setting created by the Maker himself. Lobet den Herrn!