Report from Vice President, Professor Noel Lester of his concert trip to Schifferstadt,Germany March 2015 :
I had a very warm welcome from our friends there, including fantastic publicity for the Sister City concert and lots of publicity. Mayor Volk was so excited about the whole thing and it generated lots of press. Katja Zakotnik (the cellist with whom I appeared) and I played 3 concerts--2 in the Schifferstadt area and one in the northern part of Germany. We got 4 reviews for 3 concerts; this would have been unheard of in the U.S. They were very excited to hear that we (FSCA) are planning to go there in the fall of 2016 and they hope that our Mayor will able to come, too. FYI, I have attached one of many articles which appeared. I don't know if any of you read German (I don't), but I thought you might like to see it, anyway. Katja and I will be playing this same program on the summer chamber music series at Hood in July. I am hoping that we can give her as warm a welcome as I received there.