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Juergen L. Hemm

Music-Filled Weekend

April 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Last weekend was special in that there were a lot of music-related events for me, leading to trips of all in all 450 miles around southern Germany - a record for me in the last 5 years.

Only two weeks ago, I joined the German Viola Society. On Saturday, the 2009 membership meeting took place in the chamber music hall of the Musikhochschule Mannheim.

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After the meeting, the Semiramis Quartet played us their fine interpretation of Beethoven's op. 18 no. 4 in c minor and Mendelssohn's op. 12 in E flat major. What a treat!

While I took the southern route (via Heilbronn) to get there, I chose the shorter road (via Darmstadt) for the homeward bound journey.

On Sunday, I went to hear the "Marienstraßenorchester Fürth". Two violins, one viola, an accordeon, a guitar and a bassoon make up this lively ensemble. They played some Klezmer tunes, took a short break and came back with some Irish standards. Their performance spiced up a local pottery, woodworking and arts & crafts market.

In the evening, my violin teacher had invited a select group to a recital of his compositions and arrangements for two violins. He and his musical partner from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra - who had only moments before played in a three-hour performance of the orchestra - gave us a sparkling, joyful, moving concert lasting more than two hours. Substantial parts of the program were performed on violins designed by Alexander Lipinski.

Mr. Lipinski, a dapper octogenarian, great-grandson of the Polish violin virtuoso and composer Karol Lipinski, attended the concert and seemed very pleased with the sound of his brainchildren.

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