Prairie Public Broadcasting
Fargo, North Dakota
In the 18th and early 19th centuries, thousands of German-speaking peoples established major German settlements in Russia, first along the Volga River in the north, and secondly along the Black Sea in South Russia and nearby Bessarabia. Eventually, many migrated yet again, this time to North and South America. Throughout their travels, these Germans now Germans from Russia maintained their traditional religious music, their lullabies and folk songs, their vocal and instrumental music alike.
A Soulful Sound, Music of the Germans from Russia blends expert commentary with performances of traditional music from regional talent, including St. Andrew’s Lutheran Centennial Choir (Zeeland, ND), University of Mary Concert Choir (Bismarck, ND), Jamestown College Concert Choir (Jamestown, ND), Young People’s Hutterite Singers (Hawley, MN), Alive Gospel Choir (Kulm area, ND), James Valley Singers (Jamestown, ND), Centennial Men’s Choir (Harvey area, ND) and the Napoleon area folk singers. Singers featured in the program include Maria Appelhans (Fort Collins, CO), Rosalinda Kloberdanz (Fargo, ND), John J. Gross (Napoleon, ND), Tony Wangler (Kintyre, ND) Robert E. Erbele (Lehr, ND) and Ron Volk (Harvey, ND).
Enjoy Marv Zander (Mandan, ND), Victor Schwahn (Bismarck, ND) and their bands as they perform accordion music and recreate a traditional wedding reception in the Blue Room in Strasburg, ND; and take a trip to Torrington, WY, to partake in an evening of “Dutch Hop” music.
A Soulful Sound, Music of the Germans from Russia was produced by Prairie Public Television in partnership with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo; and the Germans from Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation. It is the fourth in a series of documentaries about the Germans from Russia produced by Prairie Public Television.