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March 30

All the students seemed to have survived their first night with their host families.  There were stories and excitement buzzing in the room where we congregated before taking a train to the Daimler Benz Museum.

Must admit that a car museum didn't sound like my choice for a morning, but was completely surprised at how architecturally the museum seemed perfect for the subject and how it blended history with presenting the company's products.  Think someone said it opened just six years ago.
First exhibit when we stepped off the elevator:  B.C. (before cars)
1890s Daimler and Benz work independently; in fact, never got together.  Velocipede (Velo) premiered at the 1889 World Exhibition in Paris.  Great interest and France becomes the most important market for Benz and Daimler companies.
Motorboat owned by Otto von Bismarck.
1st. motorized airship.  Maiden flight in 1898 went six miles.  (1903 Wilbur & Wright)
Velocipede (Velo) Benz sold 1200 units between 1894 and 1901.  First small car, but also world's first vehicle from large scale production.
World's oldest goods vehicle in existence.  Among first buyers were breweries who used the vehicle for beer deliveries.
Old, luxury cars!  Interesting how right from the beginning, cars and racing were tied together.
Emil Jellinek, gentlemen driver and businessman, pressured engineers to build a powerful engine; named car Mercedes after his daughter.  Victories in 1901 Nice race made it the talk of the town. Mercedes averaged 56 mph and had no front wheel brakes.  
Just a little more information.  Daimler and Benz merged in 1924.  Tour guides later said that the two were from different states and each state drove either Daimler or Benz as a matter of pride.  From the moment the Nazis seized power in 1933, management cooperated with the new regime.  By the beginning of the war, arms production accounted for 2/3 of company revenues.  By 1944, half of the Daimler Benz workers were forced laborers.  Photos showed rubble of the company plants after the war, but by 1949, the first car came off the line again.
Outside the museum.
Train back to the Musik Schule.  Meredith with one of the German moms who helped organize our stay in Stuttgart. Chance to practice her German.
Wish we had the public transportation system that Germany has!
Back to the Community Center where the Musikschule is housed.   
Alexander reading a book on trains; we've discovered his passion for trains!
And in a short time, a catered lunch is delivered complete with real plates and forks.  
And after lunch, a little rest before the concert.
Some of us even slept!
Parents, thought you'd like to see your children in this position in the middle of the day!
Then down the street to the concert hall!
We played in the Mozart Saal (Hall).
A little disorganized when we first arrived, but soon ready for dress rehearsal.
Side by side with Stuttgart Youth Symphony members, we more than filled the stage!
Getting acquainted musically.
Orchestra performs Brahms Symphony No. 1, Mvts. III & IV - Where's Dr. D? In the audience watching with pride as our chamber orchestra without conductor plays beautifully under the able leadership of concertmaster Emily Acri.
Audience loves the jazz music before the orchestras combine for final two pieces.
Host parents given a deserved round of applause and recognition!
Final bows (after repeating both Toreador Song and Star Wars, switching conductors)! Following concert, many of the students go to Felix's Restaurant to celebrate!  
It was a good day!