Rare German Music to be Performed

Three December concerts planned at UW-WC

When UW-Washington County Music Professor, Dr. Peter Gibeau was in Berlin, Germany last year on sabbatical, he spent quite a bit of time uncovering music from 17th century German composer, Joachim Gerstenbüttel.  Although the compositions were beautiful, Gerstenbüttel’s music had not been performed in 300 years, because his pieces were never published.  Dr. Gibeau, who is fluent in German, found the collection of his works, all in a handwritten manuscript and has since transcribed about 25 of them.  Even more exciting is the fact that Gibeau was able to find a publisher in Berlin. On Sunday, December 14, the Moraine Chorus, which Dr. Gibeau directs, will be performing one of these works in the UW-WC theatre!

According to Gibeau, the chorus has enjoyed working on a church cantata written by Gerstenbüttel, entitled “O welch eine Tiefe des Reichtums” which translates to “O what a depth of Riches.”  The chorus will be accompanied by two violins, two violas, a cello and an organ.

The community is invited to enjoy the Moraine Chorus as well as two other December concerts during the month of December. All three concerts will be performed in the theatre, located on the second floor of the campus at 400 University Drive in West Bend, including:


  • Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm
  • Part of Fine Arts Performance Series
  • Members include: Jimmy Keane (accordion) and Pat Broaders (vocalist and bouzar player)
  • Selections include: Irish music
  • Tickets: $12 adults, $9 seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18)

Phone 262-335-5208 for reservations 

Moraine Symphonic Band

  • Sunday, December 7 at 3pm
  • Directed by Dr. Daniel Ackley
  • Members include: UW-WC students & community members
  • Free admission

Moraine Chorus

  • Sunday, December 14 at 2pm
  • Directed by Dr. Peter Gibeau
  • Members include: UW-WC students & community members
  • Featuring a church cantata “O welch eine Tiefe des Reichtums” by Joachim Gerstenbüttel  (see story above for more information)
  • Other works include a set of Ave Maria, settings by various composers including Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and an African Ave, plus more seasonal pieces.
  • Free admission

For ticket reservations for Bohola, phone the campus at 262-335-5208. No reservations are accepted for the Sunday concerts. 


Sue Bausch