Mark Hierholzer to perform ‘German Folk Music’ concert

A piano concert featuring “German Folk Music” will be presented by Mark Hierholzer on Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be held at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 East Lower Crabapple Road.

Admission for this concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students. 

Hierholzer has directed the German choirs in Fredericksburg for 27 years.

He is also the director of the Fredericksburg Chorale.

Both of the German choirs have been singing German folk music since the early 20th century.

With this, Fredericksburg has developed a rich, true German heritage built on the foundation of authentic German folk music, Hierholzer said.

“The folk music of any land paints pictures of landscapes both in nature and in the human heart,” Hierholzer said. “It tells something distinctive and unique about the people of the land.”

He said, “German culture, unlike most others, does not require that the creators of its folk music be anonymous. So many great composers such as Schubert, Schumann and Brahms have added to this tremendous body of song.”

The topics can be as profound as the meaning of life or as light as the celebration of life in drinking and dance, Hierholzer explained.

“Often in German folk songs, these meanings are contained in the same song, for they are inextricably connected in the German mind and heart,” he said.

Hierholzer holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.

He said that he will be performing a wide variety of songs, familiar and unfamiliar, but all with the sweeping beauty common to this music, whether it be a lullaby, a lament or a joyful dance.

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