So many places to see…

Hello Everyone,

We have just finished our second day here in Vienna, and it sure was packed full of sightseeing and ended with a wonderful concert.

Our first stop this morning was at the Belvedere Palace. The grounds were very beautiful and the students enjoyed the amazing city view of Vienna from the palace.

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We also visited St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Doplinger Musikhaus and we took a guided tour of the historical Musikverein Concert Hall. The entire group enjoyed this tour in particular. Not only were we able to visit the main concert hall, “The Great Hall,” we also were able to view the rehearsals spaces and various other performances spaces.

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After our visit at the Musikverein, the students had the unforgettable opportunity to play the pianos on the Bösendorfer showroom floor. To be sure not to wear out our welcome… each student played on the pianos one by one. It was so thrilling to see how excited the students were playing on these gorgeous instruments.

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After our fun filled day of sightseeing, some of the students took the stage for their first concert here in Vienna. The students performed in an inspiring joint concert with the students of the Musikschule Margareten. For those of us in the audience it was moving to watch the two groups of students come together and give a wonderful performance. The belief that music is a universal language was reiterated during this concert. Below you will find a picture of all the students that performed, from both schools, and our NEC Prep. Piano Department Chair, Marilyn Roth, and the director of the Musikschule Margareten, Elisabeth Eschwé.

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And now to hear from a couple of the students:

5 Things about my day on the Piano Tour with George Hu

1. What was your favorite part of the day?
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Belvedere Palace of Prince Eugene after reading about it in history class.

2. What was a surprise to you?
I never knew that there would be so many concert halls in the Musikverein.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
There was a great view showing Vienna’s skyline from the top of my host family’s apartment.

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
I thought the wiener schnitzel and sausage that I ate today both tasted delicious.

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“Brahms was inspired by Clara Schumann… Hmmm…” said by Varun Nambikrishnan

5 Things about my day on the Piano Tour with Niklas Kniesche

1. What was your favorite part of the day?
Our concert at the Musikschule Margareten and playing the pianos at the Bösendorfer showroom.

2. What was a surprise to you?
The kindness of my host family and how different Vienna is from other parts of Europe.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
The Belvedere Palace

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
The chocolate mousse cake at the reception after the concert.

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“Brahms was inspired by Clara Schumann… Hmmm…” said by Varun Nambikrishnan

More to come tomorrow!

Corey

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