Big crowd greets choir at concert in Plummer
A large, enthusiastic crowd greeted the Karlsruhe University Choir for its performance at the Plummer Middle School gymnasium Aug. 30. More than 175 people attended the concert, one of several the choir will perform during its two-week tour of the United States. In comparison to the population of the area, the crowd that attended the choir's performance in Plummer may be the largest it encounters during its tour. The choir sang a variety of German songs, many of them love songs, as well as a few selections in English, during its 85-minute performance. The mood of the crowd following the performance was evident by the standing ovation it gave the choir. The choir's visit was coordinated by Bill and Lela Morris who were married in Germany more than 40 years ago and have visited there often. "We were just delighted beyond words," Mr. Morris said. "We could hardly imagine that many people would have come. Everyone we spoke with were so glad they came."
It was no small job arranging for the choir's two-day visit to Plummer. Eleven host families providing food and lodging for the 45 members of the choir, the director and the bus driver, Mr. Morris said. The lifetime area resident credits his wife with arranging the visit. "They appealed to me when they were considering a visit, but when it got right down to brass tacks and they asked us to make the final arrangements, Lela took over," he said.
The choir may have made a positive impression during its performance, but members of the choir may have made an even bigger impression with their host-families, Mr. Morris said. "After they had kept these young people, many of the people were crying when they left," he said. "There were some real strong friendships developed." The Karlsruhe University Choir was founded almost 20 years ago. Since 1984 the choir has toured Spain, France, Hungary, Poland, Greece, Austria and - Plummer, Idaho.
Gazette Record, 83681, Sept. 6, 1995