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March, 2006 - Nr. 3


The Editor
Guten Morgen lieber Frühling
Ball Austria 2006
Two by Puccini
KW & Beyond
Scholtes Donates Organ
Zonta's Extravaganza
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Mendelssohn Choir Presents
COC's Norma
Berg's Wozzeck
Kafka and Son
COC Inaugurates Opera House
TSO March Events
Celebrate Mozart Tour
German Events
Kerry Straton Conducts
Cologne Literature Festival
Students Get Active
Mozart in Augsburg
Successful Gardening Show
German World Alliance
Killam Research Fellowships
Munch In Hamburg
International Student Study
Operation Clean Sweep
World Cup Info Shop
Europe's Fastest Computer
Merkel: Equality


How the Composer’s Ancestral German City Celebrates his 250th Birthday

Toronto -- One of Germany’s oldest cities, Augsburg, is the birthplace of Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus’s father, a town in southern Germany visited often by the great composer. This year, Augsburg celebrates the Mozart family, who lived in the region for generations.

One of the celebrations’ highlights is the 55th German Mozart Festival, lasting over a period of seven month, ending in July. The main event of the festival program will take place May 12 to May 28, when conductor Bruno Weil presents four important works from Mozart’s Salzburg years (1773-1777) with Canada’s own, internationally renowned "Tafelmusik Orchestra".

From May 14 to May 21, there will be special programs for children, and adults can hear, on May 16, "In Concert – the Authentic Mozart Experience", when Mozart pieces will be played on the violin that belonged to Leopold Mozart.

Mozart’s father also lends his name to an international violin competition, when for 11 exciting days the most talented violinists from universities around the world will compete. The 12,500-Euro ‘Mozart Prize’ will be awarded on May 26 in a concert with the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Augsburg is also offering various Mozart tours and a special travel guide, called "The

Mozarts – The German Mozart City Augsburg and Mozart Sites in the Region". The guide provides detailed and entertaining information about the life of the Mozarts who lived here for generations working as craftsmen, sculptors and bookbinders.

For more information on Mozart and Augsburg please visit

During Mozart Year 2006, Germany invites Mozart fans from around the world to travel in the footsteps of the musical genius. The GNTO has produced a special "Mozart Flyer", providing information on the composer himself and on the Mozart year highlights across Germany. To order a copy, please call GNTO’s toll free number 1-877-315-6237 or send an e-mail to

For general information on Germany, please contact the German National Tourist Office’s toll free number, 1-877-315-6237, send an e-mail to, or visit GNTO’s Web site


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