Austrian Choir Heimatecho

The Austrian mixed Choir “Heimatecho” has been singing together since 1980 when a group of members of the Austrian-Canadian Society got together to rehearse some traditional songs for the Christmas party at the newly opened Austrian-Canadian Cultural Centre. Over the years 30 singers joined the choir, which performs at various club functions and also sings at senior homes and hospitals. New singers are always welcome to join the choir. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

For more information please call Frieda Foidl 403 246-0259.

Choir Report

Dear Friends and Members:

Happy New Year wishes to all of you from our choir to you.

We started our practice January 12, and we’re getting ready for our next performances. All of our choir members are proud, dedicated and faithfully attend all our practices and performances with great spirit. A very special thank you to our choir Director, Jeannie Park. She keeps us happy with new traditional Austrian songs and is never tired practicing with us. I like to mention some of the performances we did. On November 24th we sang at the Arbour Lake Senior Centre, bringing happy moments to the residents. Music brings people together. The next concert was at the Holy Cross Manor. Our singer Josie Janschitz lives there, which makes this an enjoyable performance for the choir. Our annual Christmas dinner followed, with family and friends at the Austrian club. We enjoyed the delicious food and socializing. Last, we performed at the special Christmas Concert at the Wirth Institut Central European Studies in Edmonton. We sang Christmas songs with different European choirs. Stille Nacht by Franz Gruber is our favourite to share with everyone. It is important to keep our Austrian Heritage alive by enjoying this treasured music again.

This month of January a very special friend, Vic Lavicka, has passed and we the choir Heimatecho are grateful to be able to share the wonderful treasure of Austrian culture. Some videos will show us the wonderful life Vic has had. He will be greatly missed.

With best wishes,
Frieda Foidl

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