1996 Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic
In May the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. James Saker, flew from Omaha to Munich. After a series of concerts and sight seeing in this beautiful Bavarian city, the group traveled to Austria. During their stay in Austria they presented a number of concerts in the cities of Seefeld, Innsbruck and Salzburg. One of the highlights of this portion of the trip was in Innsbruck with a performance in the town square in front of the “Golden Roof” which was hosted by the Minister of Culture of Austria. This building was constructed by Friedrich IV at the beginning of the 15th century. The delegation then progressed to the Czech Republic. One of the artistic highlights of the Czech concerts was the one presented in Prague at the “Square of Peace.” After traveling through the Czech countryside with a stop in Pilsen, the group returned to Germany for another five days.
The group was absolutely spell bound by their extended trip to the famous castle of Neuschwanstein. After exploring a number of other enchanting Bavarian sights and eating delicious food, the UNO Wind Ensemble traveled to the famous ancient walled city of Rothenburg. In the Middle Ages, when cities like Frankfurt and Munich were just wide spots in the road, this metropolis was Germany's second-largest city, with a whopping population of 6,000. Today it is Europe's most exciting medieval town, enjoying tremendous tourist popularity. It is here that the group performed their final concert in the center of the city with the famous stone wall as a backdrop. This final concert of the tour was presented to a very receptive audience. The next day, with fond Alpine, Bavarian and Czech memories accumulated the group returned to Omaha, tired but delighted with their two-week European adventure.