Singers are the cultural pillar of the Los Angeles
give you an idea what the Los Angeles Turners
singers are about, here an article by Turners Singer
Uwe Russmann about one of our garden concerts. The Turners Singers rehearse every
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, at the Turner Center in
The singers are always looking for good voices to
support the choir. Interested to join? Call
the Los Angeles Turners: 310.926.7699.
Singers at the Garden concert in June 2002.
concert with Champagne
More than 70
Music lovers enjoyed
a delightful afternoon with the Turner singers
Sunday, June 23, two days after the start of
summer, the Turners had invited friends and members
to their Summer Gartenkonzert.
Shortly after 2:00 pm on this gorgeous day,
the first guests arrived, helping themselves to
Kaffee & Kuchen of their choice from a plentiful
Fredricks, President of the Turners, welcomed the
guests and singers, followed by Lilly Layton,
Vice-President and Choir Leader, who also greeted
the large group of guests and introduced the songs.
“A musical trip through the Brandenburger Land”
was the theme of the Garten Konzert of the Turners
that was prepared for in the lacy shade of the
beautiful garden of the Turnerhaus.
Lilly Layton explained, at the end of 2001 the
journalist Friedrich Landkammer, had written an
article about the L.A. Turners.
A copy of this article ended up with
Irmgard Büchsenschütz in Berlin through her
brother, who lives in Palm Springs.
Büchsenschütz felt touched by the dedication of
the Turner Singers and immediately sent a
letter-package to the Choir Leader Lilly Layton that
contained texts and notes of a range of songs that
her late husband had created in his long and
Büchsenschütz, born in 1902, joined the popular
Youth-Movement of the “Wandervögel” (Wander
the spirit of the Wandervögel Movement must have
influenced Gustv Büchsenschütz deeply, because
many of his songs describe his love for wandering,
singing and Gemütlichkeit.
his long and active life, - he died in 1994 -, Büchsenschütz
created a vast treasure of music with mostly folksy
themes, many of them expressing his love for the
Brandenburger Land, the beautiful Berlin County, but
also contemplative songs. Thanks
to the generosity of Irmgard Büchsenschütz, the
Turner Singers were able to choose from the treasure
the following eight songs, to share them with their
guests, as their new, talented Director Ms. Linda
Kaan accompanied them on the keyboard.
as the Turners were finished singing the last song,
dedicated to all guests that just recently celebrating
their birthdays, Horst Neu, President of the German
South Bay Club, his
wife Ellen (photo left) and two of their sisters
form Canada, entered the garden, bringing a large
bouquet of flowers for Lilly Layton.
Since on this day it was the birthday of
both, Horst Neu and his wife Ellen, the Turners sang
the joyous Birthday song by Gustav Büchsenschütz
one more time.
in the past, the Turner Singers felt very pleased to
have so many loyal friends as their guests in their
midst; some of them, who were coming as
representatives of other German Clubs, i.e. Margaret
Wobig, President of the Damenchor Frohsinn; Willi
Jablonski, President of the MGV Frohsinn; Annie
Surface, Representative of the Phoenix Club
Gemischter Chor and Fritz Schmid, representative of
the L.A. Schwabenverein.
the concert there was a break for more Kaffee &
Kuchen, but also some hearty Abendbrot (bread with
cold cuts), before Lilly Layton invited all guests
to join in for a Sing-Along.
Director Ms. Linda Kaan spontaneously
accompanied the Sing-Along on the electronic organ.
The many magically smiling faces were witness
of the enjoyment that guests and singers alike were
having with the songs that most of them had already
sung in their childhood.
always, Ray, Lilly’s husband, was diligently
serving on the bar plenty of delicious drinks the
the end of the afternoon, the Turners were happy to
welcome to their ranks a new member, Gisela Heumann,
who was introduced by Carl Schaefer, the ceremony
master of the Turners. Still, a few surprising
performances added to the enjoyment: Willy
Jablonsky, President of the MGV Frohsinn, sang “Die
Kirschen in Nachbars Garten” and „Schütt die
Sorgen in ein Gläschen Wein”, followed by the
solo song “Vor meinem Vaterhaus”, presented by
Fritz Schmid, Representative of the L.A.
tunes, played by Turner member Wolfgang Sauer on the
grand piano on the inside of the Turner House, were
accompanying the closing hour, as the many helping
hands of guests and Turner Singers were moving
dishes, tables and chairs back into the building.
the dedication of all the lovely people involved
with the Turners, the Konzert would not have been
such a great success.
Thanks to all of you; guests, helpers and
about 7 pm, a delightful afternoon of singing,
sharing of food and memories came to an end, with
apparently many of the music lovers looking forward
to the next Wiedersehen.