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KU Music Outreach with Eutin, Germany


Music students to return to sister city Eutin for summer 2012 music exchange

A group of University of Kansas School of Music students will return to Lawrence’s sister city, Eutin, Germany, to continue the successful music exchange developed between the two cities.

Thirty-three students — instrumentalists and vocalists — will take part in the festival from June 15 to August 20, performing three operas: “Nabucco,” “L’Elisir d’amore” and “Die Blume von Hawaii,” as well as two orchestral concerts and two chamber concerts. Hugo Vera, KU graduate and operatic tenor with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, will also perform in “Nabucco.”

Traveling with the students will be Dean Robert Walzel, who will participate in a chamber music concert, and David Neely, director of orchestral activities. Neely will conduct the final concert of the trip.

“We are again thrilled to participate in this summer’s music festival in beautiful Eutin, Germany,” said Walzel. “We look forward to the time spent in our sister city, and I know the international performance experience will be unbeatable for our students.”

The organizers for the KU/Eutin summer residency are Neue Festspiele, Eutin; and Neely and Walzel with the KU School of Music.

KU Students preparing for Eutin
Students from front row to back, left to right: Katina Bilberry, Evan Flynn, Doug Perry,
Patrick Timmis, Mai Tadokoro, Matt Straus, Ethan Bartley, Stephen Meiller
Pete Walker, Grant Bingham, Jessica Findley. Photo credit: Kerstin E. Ahrens

"Nabucco" performance and encore, July 2012.

Media Coverage

http://www.shz.de/nachrichten/lokales/ostholsteiner-anzeiger/artikeldetails/artikel/hugo-vera-sah-seine-erste-oper-in-eutin.html» (shz.de – Schleswig-Holsteinischer Leitungsverlag)

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http://lustaufleben.de/tipps-a-trips/events/nabucco-eutin» (Lust auf Leben)

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http://www.opernnetz.de/seiten/news/eut_fes_hoe_120615.htm» (Opernnetz.de)

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http://www.kn-online.de/Schleswig-Holstein/Kultur/Fotostrecken-Kultur/Nabucco-eroeffnet-die-Eutiner-Festspiele» PHOTO ONLY (KN-online-Kieler Nachrichten)


http://www.ndr.de/kultur/klassik/musikfestivals/eutinerfestspiele113.html» (NDR.de—Das Beste am Norden)

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http://www.reisenews-online.de/2012/07/02/nabucco-bei-den-eutiner-festspielen-2012/»(Reisenews Online)

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http://www.shz.de/nachrichten/lokales/ostholsteiner-anzeiger/drama-um-die-eutiner-festspiele/artikeldetails-eutiner-festspiele/artikel/wetter-wechselt-alle-zehn-minuten.html» (shz.de – Schleswig)

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http://www.shz.de/nachrichten/lokales/ostholsteiner-anzeiger/artikeldetails/artikel/die-melodik-von-liebe-und-macht.html» (shz.de – Schleswig)

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http://www.shz.de/nachrichten/lokales/ostholsteiner-anzeiger/artikeldetails/artikel/neue-eutiner-festspiele-treffen-auf-eutiner-weber-tage.html» (shz.de – Schleswig)

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http://www.unser-luebeck.de/content/view/4175/303/» (unser Lübeck)

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http://www.shz.de/index.php?id=160&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=2513532&no_cache=1»

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KU music students travel to Eutin, Germany, for summer 2011 residency

A group of KU School of Music students traveled to Lawrence's sister city, Eutin, Germany, this summer and continued the successful music exchange developed between the University of Kansas and Eutin. The students participated in a six-week summer residency in July and August.

During this residency, the University of Kansas School of Music instituted the Kansas University Germany American Music Institute/KUGAMI. The KUGAMI Orchestra performed two operas,Hansel und Gretel and Don Giovanni, as well as two concert programs for total of 14 summer performances.

The organizers for this summer residency were the group of Neue Festspiele with the Eutin GmbH; Professor David Neely with the KU School of Music; and Dean Robert Walzel with the KU School of Music.

The conductors for these performances were KU's own David Neely, Robert Baldwin (University of Utah, Salt Lake Symphony), and Rudolph Piehlmayer (Leipzig Gewandhaus).

The KU School of Music hopes to continue its partnership with the Eutin summer festival in 2012 and beyond. Contact the KU School of Music for more information at 785-864-9742.

Delegates from Eutin visit Lawrence, April 13-20, 2011

The visitors included 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 hosted the visit, which included a reception at Free State Brewery on April 17. (A special beer was 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 discussed plans 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.

January 2011 - KU music students travel to Eutin, Germany to perform

Five graduate students from the University of Kansas traveled with the dean of the School of Music and the director of KU's symphony orchestra to perform in Eutin, Germany, Lawrence's sister city. The Jan. 15 concert featured Robert Walzel, dean of music, on clarinet; David Neely, symphony orchestra director, on piano; and students Lukasz Lagun, violin; Robert McNichols Jr., bass baritone; Hugo Alberto Vera, tenor; Amy Elizabeth Cahill, soprano; and Kristian Bucy, soprano.

The group performed opera arias, chamber music pieces, American musical numbers, solo works and popular songs by such composers as Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Johann Strauss, George Gershwin and Astor Piazzolla. They also performed one work by Carl Maria von Weber, a native of Eutin, to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the composer's birth. The concert provided an opportunity for the Eutin community to learn about KU's music program.

Delegates from Eutin will travel to Lawrence and appear in residence from April 13-20, 2011. The visitors will include Hans Wilhelm Hagen, treasurer of the Eutin Trade Association and president of the Volksban; 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 andDon Giovanni for German audiences.

Photos Courtesy of Jánis Porietis.

Media Coverage

Neue Eutiner Festspiele
eutiner-festspiele.de»

Link to Eutiner Festspiele on Facebook»"Like" the Eutiner Festspiele 2011 on Facebook!

KU Musicians arrive in Germany» January 13, 2011. Lawrence Journal World

KU Musicians heading to Eutin» December 25, 2010. Lawrence Journal World

www.ljworld.com». September 2, 2011

KU choir students a hit in Germany

Eutiner Festspiele 2011

www.kansan.com» October 19, 2011
Symphony Orchestra plays overseas to save festival

ljworld.com» July 19, 2011
KU School of Music students performing in two operas in Eutin, Germany

www.germany.info» May 9,2011
"Eutiner Festspiele" and Kansas University's School of Music - A Musical Combination of Acclaim!

www.shz.de» July 26, 2011

www.shz.de» July 25, 2011
The opera, Hansel and Gretel, was performed Sunday evening. The premiere, scheduled for July 22, was canceled due to weather. This cancellation was the first in the history of the Eutin Festival. An audience of 200, as well as the singers and musicians braved the drizzle and temperatures near 55F. Those attending came prepared in warm clothing and rain gear.

www.hamburg.de» July 23, 2011
This covers the comeback of the Eutin Festival.

www.shz.de» July 23, 2011
Article about KU student Robert McNichols.

www.shz.de» July 22, 2011
The premiere of Hansel and Gretel was cancelled 10 minutes before the performance was to begin, due to bad weather. Don Giovanni is scheduled to be performed Saturday evening, July 23, 2011, weather dependent.

www.shz.de» July 18, 2011
It focuses on the premiere and the future of the Festival. The"musicians from Lawrence" are praised.

www.shz.de» July 18, 2011
It focuses on the premiere and the future of the Festival. The "musicians from Lawrence" are praised.

www.ln-online.de»  July 17, 2011
Article from a newspaper in Luebeck (to the north). It focuses on the opera and production, and KU's orchestra is mentioned.

www.shz.de» July 15, 2011
Includes mention of Lawrence, sister city relationship, and KU, and focuses on the Festival's history and story.

www.ln-online.de» July 10, 2011
Article from a newspaper in Luebeck. Focus is the opening concert held on the Hasselburg estate, in a barn converted to a concert hall. Photo is of the KU orchestra. Quotes from the US General Consul and from KU School of Music Dean Robert Walzel, who spoke in English, are included. The article discusses the Festival and cooperation between the two countries.

www.shz.de» July 11, 2011
This article includes photos (Robert Walzel, Robert Baldwin, KU orchestra). It is about the opening concert mentioned in articles above. It discusses KU's role in reviving the Festival, mentions Robert Walzel, Robert Baldwin, David Neely. It also discusses the music, performances, and cooperation between the two countries, as well as the importance of music itself.

www.shz.de» July 14, 2011
Photo includes Robert Walzel. This article is about a ragtime band started by a German in 1983; Robert Walzel joins as guest performer. The group performs on a Saturday, during the weekly market.

www.shz.de» July 11, 2011
It summarizes the music presentation at the weekly Saturday market in Eutin. It also mentions a concert with KU performers called "Kansas Virtuosos," presented by the Rotary Club of Eutin on July 14, 2011. The concert features KU Professor Margaret Marco (oboe), Robert Baldwin, Robert Walzel, and KU Professor Richard Reber, playing music from Mozart, Schumann, and others.

www.shz.de» July 5, 2011
Article begins with a quote from Robert Walzel; "Music can change the world. It will change Eutin. So, let [the]music begin." Article focuses on the arrival of the KU orchestra, as well as soloists from the Eutin production of the opera, Hansel and Gretel. It summarizes a welcoming ceremony.

translations by Judith Arnold

ostholstein.mediaquell.com» December 18, 2010

www.schleswig-holstein.de» December 19, 2010

www.kn-online.de» December 19, 2010

www.unser-luebeck.de» December 19, 2010

www.myheimat.de» December 19, 2010

www.sebeberger-zeitung.de» December 19, 2010

www.luebeck-teatime.de» December 20, 2010

www.In-online.de» December 21, 2010

www.welt.de» December 21, 2010

www.shz.de» January 3, 2011

www.shz.de» January 18, 2011

www.oread.ku.edu» The Oread, April 2011

www.ljworld.com» Lawrence Journal World, April 2011

 


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