Concert season starts in Volkspark

The City of Kaiserslautern starts its park concert season Sunday in Volkspark.

The Reichenbach Music Association 1957 performs the opening concert 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., entitled A Variety of Brass Music.

Seven more concerts will take place every two weeks in the blue music pavilion in the park next to the duck pond. All eight concerts are free.

The Otterbach Music Association will play a concert entitled Moving Music June 7. Conductor Robert Schmitt gives a taste of music for festive concerts and modern entertainment.

Music for Everybody is the title of the Hinzweiler Music Association concert, which will be held June 21. The 20-member band celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2005 and is one of the oldest bands in the Kusel area.

The Mackenbach Music Association turned 125 last year. July 5, the orchestra’s 34 members willpresent a repertory of classic brass music and works of contemporary composers in a concert entitled The Music is coming from Mackenbach.

The special two-day event Lights Fest in Volkspark starts at 6 p.m. July 18.

Kaiserslautern’s Lord Mayor, Dr. Klaus Weichel, officially opens the fest at 7 p.m. in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Volkspark.

The band Transonic will present a mix of German and international rock and pop music in combination with blues, funk and soul.

A musical fireworks display highlights the fest at 10:30 p.m.

The second day, July 19, visitors can learn about the park’s history and its evolution from an exhibition area to a recreation area. At 6 p.m., the Volker Klimmer Band will entertain the audience. Several stands and booths will serve a wide range of culinary specialties and beverages.

“Like in recent years, we will have some surprises for children,” said Alexander Hess, of the Kaiserslautern Special Project Office. “There will be a petting zoo, a jumping castle, soccer and other sports activities children can participate in.”

The Neuleiningen Brass Band will present Friends through Music Aug. 2, and the 40 musicians of the Rodenbach Music Association will present A Colorful Rain of Melodies Aug. 16.

The brass orchestra Pfalzer Musikanten will mix up their music with pop and big band sound Aug. 30. The Deidesheim Kolpingkapelle will present the final concert of this year’s concert series Sept. 13.

“During each concert, a bistro in Volkspark serves little snacks and cold beverages,” Mr. Hess said. “And next to the music pavilion is an adventure playground for children, so they don’t get bored.”

Volkspark is located on the corner of Donnersberger and Entersweiler Strasse, next to the public swimming pool Warmfreibad.

For more information, pick up a flyer in the Kaiserslautern Tourist Information Office or visit

(Courtesy of City of Kaiserslautern)