“Ring of the nibelung” as a blockbuster in blue

It could get interesting on saturday at the bayerische staatsoper in munich. Andreas kriegenburg brings "das rheingold" there on the stage and gives the starting signal for his new interpretation of richard wagner's opera cycle "ring of the nibelungen. What kriegenburg has in mind should make wagnerians sit up and take notice shortly before the major anniversary year of 2013.

His production was particularly impressive because of the sheer mass of people on the stage. For a fixed stage image is almost non-existent. This is how the castle of valhalla is portrayed by people. Countless extras throw off their robes, smear each other with blue paint – and become the rhine. Fur kriegenburg, who did not even particularly like wagner three years ago and was more interested in "klangwelten handels" at home, it is a form, the "ring" to democratize. He doesn't want everything to revolve around just a few singers.

"We are certainly not trying to stage a self-boasting production of the "ring" to make. There are enough of them", he says. Instead, he wants to devote himself to wagner the payer and show his figures without classifying or even labeling them. Wotan as a tumbler, industrialist or general? "We try to avoid all these classifications."

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Hot music in the hayest city in germany

hot music in the hayest city in germany

Best summer weather, great music, a full place at the old mainbrucke: apparently kitzingen can really do it, at least as far as music festivals with former roughs from the city are concerned. The evening with four cult bands from earlier days on the former garden show grounds was a great success with over 2500 visitors and great music, not only for the organizers frank gimperlein and walter vierrether. Until one o'clock in the morning the visitors celebrated at the mainufer.

Grandchildren grooving in the audience

All in all, the bar was banging for more than seven hours at the open air, which became a kind of kitzingen classics meeting, not only for the musicians. Many people, who probably already danced to the music of the various bands in the 70s, 80s or 90s, listened to the sounds of the bands, partly in remembrance of those days. Many young people joined in to make the most of the glorious summer evening. Some of the musicians were even allowed to see their grandchildren grooving along in the audience.

After the success with the "wild times" in 2010 and another edition in 2013, walter vierrether had made contact with the bands again. The former court councillor admitted that it was a lot of fun for him to organize such a thing, now that he has more time for it as a pensioner. The selected music program was well received. "We wanted to put different styles together", he said about the groups.

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Fritz rabenstein has been playing the trumpet for 75 years

Fritz rabenstein has been playing the trumpet for 75 years

It was at the beginning of 1942, in the middle of the second world war, when fritz rabenstein, then 13 years old, discovered his favorite stick horse by chance. The music-loving pastor bartholomaus from hellmitzheim founded a new trombone choir for nenzenheim near markt einersheim. Above all, it was the pupils of the 6th grade who were involved. And 7. All the others had served in the war effort. Rabenstein was not even confirmed at that time. "At the first rehearsal, i couldn’t get a note out," the 88-year-old recalls. Despite these initial difficulties, rabenstein has remained loyal to the choir to this day. He has been playing actively for 75 years – for which he has now been honored.

That makes him happy

Since then, hardly a day goes by without him picking up his trumpet or flugelhorn: "I blow every day, it gives me pleasure," says rabenstein. For the 88-year-old, the trombone choir has always been more than just another hobby. "You have a responsibility. One plays in the most important moments of the people. At baptisms, weddings, funerals – and on church holidays," he explains. For this to work, uben absolutely has to be part of it.

To this day, he has hardly missed any of the weekly rehearsals on friday evenings. "That is important to me," he emphasizes. Also so that he could continue to play almost everything the trombone choir played by heart without notes.

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Pilgrims cycled to bamberg this time

pilgrims cycled to bamberg this time

For siegfried eyrich, the preparations for the next event of this kind have long since begun. "Next year will be the tenth pilgrimage by bicycle", says the organizer.
The goal is already set: to go to wurzburg in 2013. "Actually, I already know the route, but I will drive it again in the next few days, tells eyrich. Among other things, he is concerned with finding a suitable hotel that can accommodate all the participants. This time there were at least 80 burkardrother present. Eyrich could imagine making this stopover in retzbach.
The destinations for the bicycle pilgrimage all have one thing in common. "We want to cover about 80 kilometers during the day." Because the group is traveling for a total of three days, a one-way trip of about 120 kilometers comes into question. This is also how siegfried eyrich came to bamberg. By the time the believers can set off for wurzburg next year, the organizer will probably have traveled the route two more times, as he himself estimates.
This year, the pilgrimage was held under the motto "the bible as a source of strength". The motto traditionally accompanies pilgrims throughout the route. "On the road, we have about three stops a day", supplemented siegfried eyrich. There they are always dedicated to the guiding principle. The cyclists will be accompanied by two vehicles. Packing and catering are transported with it. And the instruments of the musicians who cycle along and also help to shape the pilgrimage. "We have the world's best bicycle pilgrimage chapel", says eyrich and laughs. Those who play an instrument bring it to the pilgrimage and participate in the musical performance.
With the blessing of the journey this year the pilgrims started in the church of frauenrother, where they also received the blessing of the journey. On the way several chapels and churches were visited: terzenbrunn, the churches in mainberg and habfurt, the bamberger cathedral, maria limbach and the church in arnshausen. The preparation team led by parish officer corinna zipprich used the concepts of faith, friendship, hope, joy, love and gratitude from the bible as the basis of short devotions. In bamberg, the entry into the cathedral was followed by "grober gott wir loben dich" ("great god, we praise you").
In addition to singing and praying, it is also the social evenings with music from the chapel that hold the church community together. This is especially important for a parish community like "the good shepherd in burkardroth", in which numerous individual communities are united. 

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