The Kingfisher Feather – A Visit to the Cape Verde Islands

Africa´s islands in the Atlantic/Foto: Doris Minke

 

By Suse Rabel-Harbering

The discovery of the Cape Verde Islands in 1462 is attributed to Henry the Navigator, who was sailing on behalf of the Portuguese crown. Before the discovery, the islands were deserted. Thanks to its favorable location, the archipelago became a center of international trade relations, being situated in the middle of the three continents of Africa, Asia and America. Apart from sugar cane, rum and salt, the main commodities traded were slaves. Since the middle of the 16th century, Portugal had reserved the exclusive right to market slaves on the West African coast.

Pillory, Cidade Velha, Santiago/Photo: Doris Minke

In its heyday, it was called Ribeira Grande and was the capital of the Cape Verde Islands. Already in 1533 it received the city rights. After that, it Continue reading “The Kingfisher Feather – A Visit to the Cape Verde Islands” »

“Cohesion” – The guiding principle of Rheingau Music Festival 2022

Cuvéehof Schloss Johannisberg/Foto RMF

The 35th festival summer from 25.6. to 3.9.2022 will take place under the guiding principle “Cohesion”. It is intended to bring the music back to the audience in full radiance and in the usual atmospheric manner.

Violinist Julia Fischer and pianist Jan Lisiecki will be featured as focus artists in several concerts of the Rheingau Music Festival at once. Whether in large orchestra concerts, or for the first time together on stage as a duo – Julia Fischer and Jan Lisiecki will bring their deep musical devotion and virtuoso joy of playing to the Rheingau. Continue reading ““Cohesion” – The guiding principle of Rheingau Music Festival 2022” »

First flight without conventional kerosene

First A319neo flight with 100% sustainable aviation fuel, 29 Oktober 2021/Photo: Airbus

 

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus could have succeeded in taking an important step in the ecological competition with Boeing and Co: For the first time, Airbus is flying an aircraft entirely without conventional kerosene: with SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel).

As Airbus announced on 29 October, this is the first time that the company and French aviation company has operated an aircraft with regenerative fuel. An Continue reading “First flight without conventional kerosene” »

Bomsori Kim and Camerata Salzburg in the Eberbach Cloisters

Bomsori Kim, violin, accompanied by the Camerata Salzburg plays Mozart (Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major KV 216 Symphony No. 40 in G minor KV 550) in the cloister of Eberbach Monastery/Photo: Ansgar Klostermann

 

Bomsori Kim is firmly convinced that Mozart himself was an outstanding violin virtuoso. The concerts would tell a lot about the master violinist Mozart, says the Korean, who, like the Viennese classicist himself, began playing the violin in early childhood. She is now one of the most sought-after young stars on the international concert podiums.

In 2019, she celebrated her debut in the Eberbach Cloister and was Continue reading “Bomsori Kim and Camerata Salzburg in the Eberbach Cloisters” »

Music for beer parlors in the Basilica of the Eberbach Monastery

The Alehouse Session – the basilica of the Eberbach Monastery an unusual location for the show/Photo: Ansgar Klostermann

The performance of “The Alehouse Session” at Eberbach Monastery should have taken place in the cloister of the monastery, weather permitting. But rain had prevented that and so it took place in the basilica. Somewhat unusual for the place,  that percussion and drum perfectionist Helge Andreas Norbakken at  first and as a start of the show took a sip from his beer bottle.

But thank goodness Continue reading “Music for beer parlors in the Basilica of the Eberbach Monastery” »

The Rheingau Music Festival 2021 has started

2nd opening concert of the Rheingau Music Festival 2021 on June 27, 2021/Photo: Ansgar Klostermann

 

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s concert overture “The Hebrides”, his Reformation Symphony No. 5, and Jean Sibelius Concerto for Violin and Orchestra were on the program of the two opening concerts of the Rheingau Music Festival 2021. At the first sounds of the concert overture “The Hebrides”, my thoughts wander quite spontaneously to the Scottish, green-brown, romantic, melancholy island landscape of the Hebrides. It is June 27, 2021, but the place of action is the Rheingau, the medieval basilica of Eberbach Abbey near Eltville on the Rhine, which Bernard of Clairvaux founded almost 900 years ago. Continue reading “The Rheingau Music Festival 2021 has started” »

Lufthansa takes off with polar explorers to a 13,700-kilometer Nonstop Journey

Routing Hamburg-Falkland Islands/Image: Lufthansa

On Sunday, January 31, 2021, a Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 will take off for the longest nonstop flight in Lufthansa history: 13,700 kilometers from Hamburg to the military base Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. On board there will be scientists and crew members of the research vessel “Polarstern”.

At 9:30 p.m., it’s “Ready for take-off” for 16 crew members and 92 passengers. On board the special flight are Continue reading “Lufthansa takes off with polar explorers to a 13,700-kilometer Nonstop Journey” »

DLR starts planning production of climate-neutral kerosene

Refueling the Airbus A320-232- D-ATRA with synthetic fuel/Photo: DLR

 

Synthetic fuels, along with battery and fuel cell propulsion systems, are another technological building block for making the mobility of the future sustainable and climate-neutral. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has now been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) to plan a pilot plant for the production of climate-neutral synthetic fuels on an industrial scale.

The pilot project is intended to Continue reading “DLR starts planning production of climate-neutral kerosene” »