Culture center sells tickets for new season

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Ramstein’s culture and conference center, Haus des Bürgers, started the advance ticket sale for the 2005-2006 play season Monday.
“Our culture center will celebrate its 20th anniversary during this new play season,” said Ramstein-Miesenbach Mayor Klaus Layes in a recent press conference.

The new program features 26 performances of all kinds to include musical entertainment, dance performances, theater plays and cabaret.
“Ever since the Haus des Bürgers opened, it offered, in cooperation with the Salten Theater Agency, a diversified cultural program for the region,” said Mr. Layes.

Musical performances:
The first concert under the motto “Night of Legends” is presented by the Simon and Garfunkel Revival Band and the Beach Boys Revival Band Nov. 5. Both bands sing the greatest hits of the original performers.
“Gregoriana,” a Christmas concert featuring Gregorian chorals and pop songs of the 20th century, including a laser show, is Nov. 27.

The north Bohemian Philharmony Teplitz presents the New Year’s concert Jan. 1 with soloists performing operetta songs by Franz Lehar, Johann Strauss and Emmerich Kalman.

The tragic love story of the “Phantom of the Opera” takes place in German Jan. 19.

“I can’t stop loving you,” is a show about the genius of Ray Charles, his life and his music, March 5.

Star solosists, dancers, choir and musicians present “Musical Starlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Disney” with parts of “Lion King,” “Cats,” “Aida,” “Evita,” and other renowned musicals March 16.

Stagione d’Opera Italiana with three Italian tenors present “An Italian Night” with arias from operettas March 18.

Opera singer Raissa Tscheptscherenko performs songs from “Carmen” March 31.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra with director Wil Salden revives the 1940s with original arrangements April 28.

***image2***The Vienna Operetta Theater with soloists, dancers, choir and orchestra presents “Schwarzwaldmaedel” May 5.

The classical music series “Sundays, 5 p.m.” features a variety of concerts with different performers Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Feb. 5, April 2 and 30.

Dance presentations:
The Romanian State Ballet Fantasio presents “The Nutcracker” by Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky Nov. 30.

“Brasil Tropical” is an exotic dance show with dancers in colorful costumes Feb. 4.

“Fire of Dance” is a show with dances of the 1940s and 1950s to include “Singing in the Rain,” An American in Paris” and “Fascinating Rhythm” Feb. 11.
The speaking theater program features several German comedies.
Generally performances start at 8 p.m.

“Parents who don’t have anybody to watch their children can use our babysitter service,” said Gerhard Denzer, manager of Haus des Bürgers.
“If parents let us know three days in advance, we can arrange for well-trained babysitters, who take care of the children in the library, right next to the performance hall.” Cost is half of the ticket price or at least €6.

“As time comes closer, we will arrange special projects for the Soccer World Cup next year,” said Mr. Layes. “We just need to wait until December to find out what teams will play in Kaiserslautern and then we might contact the appropriate NATO units on Ramstein to organize events.”

The Haus des Bürgers offers season tickets at reduced prices. The classical music season ticket includes six concerts and the selection season ticket offers a choice of seven from 22 performances.

Tickets are available at the ticket office in the Haus des Bürgers 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
For more information, call 06371-592220, e-mail or visit