Holiday: Christmas Saengerfest

Cincinnati is the birthplace of Saengerfest in America, a German singing festival that took place in a temporary exhibition structure built on the current Music Hall property in the latter half of the 1800s.

Cincinnati is the birthplace of Saengerfest in America, a German singing festival that took place in a temporary exhibition structure built on the current Music Hall property in the latter half of the 1800s. By 1870, the popular music festival consisted of almost 2,000 singers and more than 60 area choirs. A couple years ago, American Legacy Tours realized that there hadn’t been a Saengerfest in Cincy since 1952, and with the popularity of the World Choir Games, it was time to bring it back. So in conjunction with their Spirit of Christmas Tour (a holiday look at Over-the-Rhine churches; through Dec. 27), 14 choirs from all over the Tristate — MUSE, SCPA, the May Festival Youth Chorus and more — will be performing at venues throughout OTR. Listen to music, look at historic churches and take a shuttle from place to place. 


6-10 p.m. Friday; 5-9 p.m. Saturday. $20 per day. Full details/tickets at christmassaengerfest.com.

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