General Studies 105: Austria

Opening Night at the Skating Rink

LSCO, on Ice!

On January 22nd, a group of us went ice skating in the evening in front of Vienna's City Hall. The park in front of the building had been magically transformed to include and ice rink complex. Opening night: free admission!

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Volksoper

In the Company of Monarchs and Gypsies

This weekend was another free weekend for us to roam about Vienna and see the sites and attractions and experience the culture of the city on our own. This weekend I chose to see the imperial summer palace, Schönbrunn and also participated in a guided tour of the opera house, the Staatsoper. 
 
Saturday began bright and early when we met Ulrike, our personal tour guide for the trip, at the Staatsoper at 8:45 am.

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Upper Belvedere Palace

A Day in the Life of LCSO

8:00 am -- Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant, which includes a whole pot of coffee, a dainty cup of juice, various meats and cheeses, raw salmon, liver pâté, eggs, rolls, jams, cereals, 3% milk, and dried fruit. Oh, and Nutella. I can’t believe I almost forgot to mention the Nutella.

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Heurige

A Day at the Spa

Each week, we have rehearsal in the morning followed by either sectionals, class, or a visit somewhere in the afternoon. We are staying busy as we prepare for our concerts coming up next week. After our rehearsals and class on Tuesday, however, we got a special treat: a trip to the spa!

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View from the Prague Castle

Czeching Out A New City

Of course, fourteen college kids can’t expect to meet in the lobby at six in the morning following a ball without some snooze button action. As a result of cutting it a little too close to departure time...

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Outside the Musikverein.

Viennese Splendor: A Night at the Musikverein

I don't think it is possible to describe my experience listening to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein on Thursday night with words, but as considering words are what I have to work with, the phrase that immediately comes to my mind is all-around splendor.

Allow me to set the scene: after walking up a grand staircase, the hall opens up to a raised stage with seats below and two levels of balcony, the first of which wraps all the way around the concert hall.

 

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Vienna's First District from the St. Stephen's Tower

Places We Visit in Our Free Time

The wind players, and especially saxophonist Katie Fillmore have a bit more free time on their hands than the string players to explore the great city of Vienna. Here's an example of one afternoon on the town.

(Note: This is a link to Katie's personal blog on a different site.)

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