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Opening Ceremony
May 1st 2005
 
Grand Theatre Director Le Shengli and German Consul General Dr. Wolfgang Roehr  
   
On the 1st of May Grand Theatre Director Le Shengli and German Consul General Dr. Wolfgang Roehr officially declared the first German Culture Week in Shanghai open.
They raised their glasses for two exciting weeks of German music, delicacies and exhibitions on German architecture at the Huangpu river.

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Concerts
May 1 - May 14
NDR Bigband played two fantastic gigs at the Shanghai Concert Hall
 
From May 1 to May 14 altogether eight German orchestras and soloists performed musical masterpieces, both classic and modern, including two premieres: Heidelberg's renown Bach Choir performed Händels's Messiah for the first time in China as well as the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz under the direction of Frank Strobel played Fritz Lang's "Metropolis".

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Open-Air Events
May 1-2, May 13-14
German beer, wine and delicacies in front of both concert halls
 
In front of both concert halls, the Shanghai Concert Hall and the Shanghai Grand Theatre, visitors took great interest in food & drinks of German producers. Altogether 14 companies, including cultural and educational institutions, participated in a lively tent city. The Bavarian brass band Eichhofner Dorfmusik played live on stage.

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Exhibitions
May 1 - May 14

Exhibitions on German architecture in both concert halls
 
The exhibition focus of this year's premiere was on German architecture. The city of Heidelberg presented itself with 34 boards spanning the years 1000-2000. Frankfurt-based architects KSP&Zimmermann showed current and finished projects in Germany and China.
Visitors in both concert halls took great interest in historic and modern building culture made in Germany.

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