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.
And the workshops were held there too. The members of the orchestra were very friendly and I certainly felt very welcome indeed.
As many of you know, one of the results of the Second World War was the loss of German territory. Silesia (in German ‘Schlesien’) was part of this territory. In 1978, a group of Germans from this area living in what was then West Germany, founded an organization to keep the cultural history of Silesia alive. They purchased the Fronhof property in the town of Königswinter and have operated it since then for meetings, reunions, family gatherings, weddings, etc. Haus Schlesien has an excellent restaurant which features cuisine from the Silesia area as well as other delicious foods.
At the concert on Sunday, March 31, we presented works from Haydn, Mozart, Strauss, Mascagni, Wendl and others. The applause from the audience and standing ovation clearly indicated how much they enjoyed our performance.
The Staats Zither Orchestra Northrhein Westfalia. (Doctor Zither - second row right.)