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Bellville: Concordia Hall

Members of the Concordia Gesang Verein's band

The Germans have a saying: “Wo man singt da lass dich ruhig nieder, boesse Menschen kennen keine Lieder,” which translates, “Where people sing, there you may abide in peace, for bad people have no songs.” German-Texan singing societies serve as both a way to make beautiful music, and as social glue that kept German culture alive. Bellville’s singing society – Concordia Gesang-Verein – began in 1860 and performed in the original Concordia Hall. That hall was leveled by a hurricane in 1900, but rebuilt just south of downtown Bellville. Voices still ring out in Concordia Hall. Each spring, groups from across the state converge on Bellville for Fruehling Saengerfest, a German singing festival featuring a biergarten, dancing, live music, and boisterous singalongs.


  • 952 S. Tesch St.
  • Bellville, Texas
  • 77418



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