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Staats-Zither Orchestra of North-Rhein-Westfalia
Staats-Zither Orchestra of North-Rhein-Westfalia

In March I was fortunate to travel with several members of the North America Zither Orchestra to Königswinter, Germany to attend a workshop led by Tomy Temerson in preparation for the annual concert of the Staats-Zither Orchestra of North Rhein-Westfalia. The sleeping quarters were at the charming Haus Schlesien. Main Entrance Courtyard And the workshops […]

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Doctor Zither and Pat Bianculli
Doctor Zither and Pat Bianculli

Those of you who have read some of my articles here on the Doctor Zither.com website know that I have been extraordinarily blessed to have met some wonderful people in my travels around the world. I have met and played with some very talented musicians, zither players, singers, guitarists, keyboardists, etc. I have also had […]

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A Zither Saves New Year’s Eve
A Zither Saves New Year’s Eve

Imagine your family owns a small hotel in the Austrian Alps and you have made all the preparations for a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration. You have worked with the restaurant chef and have created a terrific six course menu, designed to delight even the most discriminating palate, together with wines selected from various vineyards […]

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Dr. Zither at Mifflinburg, PA, Christkindlmarkt
Dr. Zither at Mifflinburg, PA, Christkindlmarkt

One of the great traditions of Christmas in the German-speaking countries of Europe is the open-air Christkindlmarkt. Starting at the end of November, vendors open booths and offer what is often a wide variety of items, both as gifts or as nourishment. Mugs of steaming hot chocolate or hot mulled wine (Glühwein), roasted chestnuts, fresh […]

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North America Zither Orchestra 2014 Concert
North America Zither Orchestra 2014 Concert

Although Spring had finally arrived after what had been an unusually long and brutal winter, on Thursday, April 24, it was still pitch black outside when the alarm clock sounded. This was not at all unexpected, as the time was three o’clock in the morning! For one brief moment I was confused and wondered what […]

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A Visit To Horst Wünsche Zitherbau KG
A Visit To Horst Wünsche Zitherbau KG

In Europe, the art and science of musical instrument making is a tradition that spans centuries. In particular, instrument making in Markneukirchen, Germany, has been traced to the early 1600s. In this article, zitherist Dr. William Kolb explores the musical foundations of Markneukirchen and visits a workshop where the tradition of instrument making is kept […]

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Doctor Zither Meets Thomas Achatz
Doctor Zither Meets Thomas Achatz

The Bee Gees were 3 brothers – Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. In 1978 they wrote the song “Words” after getting in a few arguments and realizing the power of words – how they can make you happy or sad. Some time ago I happened upon a YouTube video of Bavarian zitherist Thomas Achatz playing […]

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Doctor Zither Performs in Markneukirchen
Doctor Zither Performs in Markneukirchen

As some of you may remember from your history books, after the end of the Second World War, the Allies partitioned Germany into four zones and occupied the country. After a few years, the Western Allies (USA, Britain and France) allowed their zones to establish the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) while the Russian […]

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100 Years of Zither in Chicago
100 Years of Zither in Chicago

Several notable things happened in 1913. The US Constitution was amended to permit the federal government to levy an income tax for the first time. Harriet Tubman, noted abolitionist and a leader of the Underground Railroad died. In the same year, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jesse Owens and Rosa Parks were born, as was the […]

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The workshop of Mr. Peter Mürnseer, in Kitzbühel, Austria
The workshop of Mr. Peter Mürnseer, in Kitzbühel, Austria

This past summer I had the opportunity to visit the workshop of master musical instrument maker, Peter Mürnseer, in Kitzbühel, Austria. Even though I had not been able to make an appointment beforehand, Mr. Mürnseer was exceptionally gracious in welcoming my wife, Rosemarie, and me to look at the craftsmen busy at work in his […]

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Dr. Zither meets Andreas Erber
Dr. Zither meets Andreas Erber

During a recent visit to Austria’s famed Salzkammergut area (think „Sound of Music“) I had the great fortune to attend a concert featuring, among others, the Austrian zither sensation, Andreas Erber. A native of St. Johann in Tyrol, Andreas started playing the zither when he was 9 years old. He is the winner of the […]

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Grand Zither Concert
Grand Zither Concert

Thanks in large part to the hard work of Ms. Anne Prinz, Zither players from ten states met from Thursday, March 10, 2011, through Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa, for a series of workshops led by internationally renowned master Zitherist Tomy Temerson of Hanau, Germany. The workshops […]

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Zither in New Jersey
Zither in New Jersey

During the week of April 25, 2011, Dr. William Kolb and his student, Gina Gerbasio, performed a series of zither concerts at three Senior Citizen Centers in Bergen County, New Jersey. Performances were held at the Palisades Park Center under the direction of Ms. Mary Kim, at the Cliffside Park Center under the direction of […]

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Why I started to perform
Why I started to perform

One of the questions dealing with the zither that I am asked most often is why I take my zither everywhere I go*. The answer to that is simple, because I like to play the zither every day. The other commonly-asked question is more difficult to answer. That question is “Why have you started performing?” […]

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The Zither in Washington, DC
The Zither in Washington, DC

After more than 400 years of German immigration to the United States, the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA opened the first national German-American Heritage Museum as the newest addition to the museum circuit in Washington, DC. With a grand opening on March 21, 2010, the Heritage Museum will be open to the public on […]

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Gina and the Zither
Gina and the Zither

This is a story which begins a long, long time ago, way back in the mid 1800’s. In fact, if one considers the family beginning, the story begins so long ago, that Gina’s suggestion that it begin like the fairy tales with “Once upon a time, there was a perfect girl…” may be correct. This […]

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How Zither Strings Are Manufactured
How Zither Strings Are Manufactured

Did you ever wonder just how the strings for your zither (or guitar or violin or whatever stringed instrument it is you play) are manufactured? I did, and had the chance to find out for myself recently. Mr. Sebastian Renz of Lenzer String Manufacturing Deep in the heart of the Vogtland in Germany are several […]

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