2004 Concert Choir to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia
On May 8 the Concert Choir left for a four-country tour of Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The first visit was to Braunschweig, Germany one of Omaha’s Sister Cities. While there the choir was honored with a reception hosted by the Mayor. Following the reception, the group performed with the Aegidien Choir, the city’s premier youth choir. While in Braunschweig the choir also spent time on the campus of UNO’s sister university, Technical University of Braunschweig and performed a concert hosted by Dr. Jochen Litterst, president of the institution.
The delegation moved on to Berlin where they visited the spectacular sights of this incredible city, the new capital of Germany. From there the group moved to Leipzig. In route they visited Halle – birthplace of George Frederic Handel. The ensemble spent several hours in the Handel Museum and performed a brief concert before leaving for Leipzig. Leipzig was of course one of the primary locations in which J.S. Bach lived. Therefore, much of the time in the city was devoted to sights connected with this great 18th Century composer including St. Thomas Church, where Bach once conducted and the Bach Museum. Leaving Leipzig the group began its journey to Prague. En route they stopped in Terezin, the village which served as a Nazi concentration camp for many artists and composers during World War II. Once in Prague everyone had the chance to experience the wonderful sights of the city including St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Golden Lane and a walk across the Charles Bridge to the Old City Square.
After savoring the sights of Prague it was on to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia where the group enjoyed the city’s treasurers along with several highly successful performances. From Bratislava it was on to Vienna where they were hosted by UNO’s sister university, Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration. To see all of the sights of Vienna is exhausting but the group certainly tried! St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace and the Old Town were just some of the highlights. The final Viennese experience was a visit to the famous Sacher Hotel where everyone had the chance to enjoy a slice of the original Sachertorte!
The final city of the tour was Frankfurt. However, this was not before spending time en route at St. Florian Abbey (burial sight of Anton Bruckner) and the enchanting town of Salzburg, home of Mozart and Beethoven. While in Salzburg everyone was treated to a farewell dinner which provided the opportunity to dine upon exquisite Austrian fare and recall fond memories of this European adventure.