Delegates from Eutin, Germany, a sister city to Lawrence with a long- standing summer music festival tradition, will be in residence in Lawrence April 13-20, 2011.
The visitors will include Hans Wilhelm Hagen, treasurer of the Eutin Trade Association and president of the Volksbank; Jorg Fallheier, artistic advisor to the Eutin festival; Martin Vollertsen, chair of Friends of Lawrence in Eutin; and others. David Neely, Director of Orchestral Activities at KU, and Dean Robert Walzel will host the visit, which will include a 70-guest reception at Free State Brewery on April 17. (A special beer will be brewed by Free State just for this visit--the Eutin St. Michael's "Tafelbier"--recipe compliments of the Eutin Brauhaus.)
During their visit, the Eutin group will finalize discussions initiated with Professor Neely in December on a joint venture between the 2011 Eutin Summer Festival and the KU School of Music. Plans include the formation of a summer institute that will take KU music students to Eutin in July and August to perform orchestra concerts and performances of Hansel und Gretel and Don Giovanni for German audiences.
"I look forward to seeing our Eutin friends in Lawrence," said Neely. "We are excited to be part of such a wonderful collaboration between sister cities." Neely added, "Germany is a mecca for classical music, and this invitation provides an unparalleled opportunity for the artistic enrichment of our students. It will also serve to demonstrate the qualities of the KU School of Music on an international scale."
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742. Music.ku.edu