Holiday: Christmas Saengerfest

Three years ago, Saengerfest — a German tradition that celebrates choir singing groups, or Saengerbunds — returned to Cincinnati after a 60-year hiatus.

click to enlarge The Cincinnati Men's Chorus
The Cincinnati Men's Chorus

Three years ago, Saengerfest — a German tradition that celebrates choir singing groups, or Saengerbunds — returned to Cincinnati after a 60-year hiatus. Although the event was hugely popular after it was established locally in 1849, popularity died down with the rise of the May Festival. Now, Saengerfest is back, and it’s taking over four historical venues patrons can tour while enjoying choral classics: the Christian Moerlein brewery, St. Francis Seraph, the First Lutheran Church and the Over-the-Rhine Community Church. Fourteen choirs, including the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, the May Festival Youth Chorus, MUSE | Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and the SCPA Primary Select Choir, will participate. Shuttle buses take concert-goers from venue to venue.


7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25 per night. christmassaengerfest.com


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