Sts. Peter & Paul Feast
Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Saints Peter & Paul Feast Day Mass
Featuring Liederkranz Men’s Choir at St. Peter’s the Apostle Catholic Church of Boerne
Followed by a Fellowship Potluck Dinner in the Cana Ballroom
The San Antonio Liederkranz was established in the summer of 1892 by the German Catholic immigrant congregation that had built St. Joseph Church twenty years earlier. Under the auspices of the pastor, Father Henry Pfefferkorn, the choir was formed to beautify the German services and sing at the German festivals of the parish and the community. The all-male choir has continued to sing Masses at St. Joseph ever since, including Christmas Midnight Mass, Easter Mass, a German Mass of St. Joseph the Worker, and seven other Masses during the year.
Over the years, the Liederkranz has built a statewide and international following. The chorus has been called upon to sing at many large religious and civic gatherings, among them the Bicentennial of the founding of San Antonio in 1931, the Texas Independence Day Field Mass at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1938, and the Papal Mass celebrated in San Antonio in 1989. The choir has toured Germany three times, performing twice at the residence of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Today the ranks of the Liederkranz include about fifty active singers. They come from many ethnic and religious backgrounds, but many descendants of the original immigrant families still sing. It is of note that there have been only six music directors over the choir’s 125-year history. Every year the chorus is invited to sing at a number of area churches and various secular festivals. The chorus presents Christmas and annual spring/summer concerts and participates regularly in the Sängerfests of the two German singing unions of Texas. The Liederkranz also sings at other German festivals, at Masses and services of various denominations, and for private occasions.