Kaiserslautern holds ‘Long Night of Culture’

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

Kaiserslautern sponsors its sixth “Long Night of Culture” Saturday and Sunday at various locations including the Fruchthalle, Pfalztheater, museums and galleries. A diversified program will be offered in cooperation with partner institutions such as the Japanese Garden, Pfalztheater, Theodor-Zink-Museum, Pfalzgalerie, Atlantic Academy, Emmerich-Smola Music School, youth center and Stiftskirche.

***image1***For two days and one night, about 80 different events are scheduled. Pianist Joseph Moog starts with a concert at 8 p.m. today in the Casino of Volksbank on Fischerstrasse 49. “NightOasis,” a church service with a priest is scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight in Stiftskirche, and “NightMusic” with the United Methodist Choir from Belleville, Ill., is presented at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday, activities start with musical performances by different groups at 11 a.m. on the stage in front of Stiftskirche.

The Pfalztheater opens its doors at 2:30 p.m. Visitors can attend a live radio show with discussions and music by the local band Vanden Plas. Sissi Koesling from the German-American Community Office and the two presidents of the German-American and International Women’s Club Kaiserslautern will be interview partners. Starting at 7:30 p.m. the theater ensemble plays pieces from Goethe’s works “Faust” with choreographies by Stefano Giannetti. Admission is €7.

A new exhibition and musical works called “in process”  by Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Cage are presented  8 p.m. to midnight at the museum Pfalzgalerie on Museumstrasse 1.

The Theodor-Zink Museum and Atlantic Academy on Steinstrasse 48 present pianist Jens Barnieck and trombone player Florian Juncker performing music by American composers of the 20th century at 8, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost €7.

The Stiftskirche will be open and lit with candles from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. to offer a “Room of Silence.”

The Japanese Garden is open and illuminated until midnight. There is music, meditation in the historical tea house and movie presentations.

The Fruchthalle is open from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. on different levels. On the upper level, solo dancer Otmane Papon offers salsa disco. In the concert hall, a diversified live music and dance program including classical music, choirs, percussion ensembles, ballet, oriental and salsa dancers is available until 4 a.m. when chill out music closes the Long Night of Culture in Fruchthalle.

Visitors paying the admission fee get a wristband, which allows them to enter all other facilities that charge a fee. Only the Pfalzgalerie charges an additional admission fee of €8 for the concert “in process.”

The actual close out of the culture event is a summer concert presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Museum Pfalzgalerie by the chamber orchestra of the Saarbrücken University.

For a detailed program, visit www.kaiserslautern.de or pick up the program at the Fruchthalle.