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April 2

It was a sobering morning.
Translation: Work Sets You Free.  How sad when the reality was that 260,000 prisoners died in Dachau, the first concentration camp set up by the Nazis.
30,000 prisoners were liberated by Allied troops on April 28, 1945.  The images of the survivors and the trains full of dead haunted the world, and it is important that we made this visit.  It is a stark reminder that we can quickly lose our freedom.  

From the worst of humanity, to the best as we unload to get ready for our last performance in Bad Woerishofen.
Outside the concert hall.
Orchestra rehearses.
Neil, Ronald and Jake have time to walk around this small spa village.  Good Friday so all the stores were closed!
Southern Germany is very Catholic.  Fountains in the village were all decorated with eggs to celebrate Easter.
Dinner before the concert.
Quaint restaurant all decorated for Easter.
Best food on a concert tour ever, especially the breakfasts at the hotels.
Front of Concert Hall.  We had a good and enthusiastic audience!
Christian again wins over the audience.
Because it was Good Friday, the hall manager requested at the last minute that we not have jazz on this one, and not Copland's Hoe Down.
The program opened with two other movements from Copland's Rodeo Suite.
Next was a Mozart string quartet played by Autumn, Robert, Devon and Emily, and then our great bass section played an arrangement of Barber's Adagio for Strings.  You should make sure and listen to another performance of this piece on one of the Sunday Soiree when we get back.  The program was complete with Brahms Symphony No. 1, and then three encores:  Toreador Song, Star Wars, and the only piece we had left when they still wanted to hear more, which was Hoe Down.  The audience loved it!  
Our section leaders, Jorie, Emily and Devon, basking on stage after the performance!
Ready to head back to the hotel for one last night together!





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