26/06/06

10 Years of Würth Open-air Concerts - The Anniversary Party

Künzelsau/Hohenlohe Region. Nearly 11,000 people celebrated the Würth open-air concert in Künzelsau-Gaisbach last weekend. This event, which is well-known and popular beyond the region, took place for the tenth time. Würth is one of the few German companies that do not only sponsor open-air festivals but also organize them themselves.

As is a long tradition, the renowned conductor and pianist Prof. Justus Frantz opened the event on Friday evening. "It is a great joy and a special honor for us that Professor Justus Frantz and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nations have been opening the Würth open-air concert with musical highlights for ten years now", stated Robert Friedmann Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Würth Group in his opening speech. This year, the musicians enchanted the loading yard of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG with wonderful Mozart music.On Saturday night, 5,000 guests came in a very relaxed mood from Germany's football-match victory in the Fifa World Cup and continued to party listening to Fools Garden and the top act Peter Maffay. When the mega hit "Lemon Tree" was played the audience proved that it new the lyrics by heart and created an excellent atmosphere at the open-air concert. Peter Maffay enthused the audience with older songs and titles from his latest album. He was very close to his listeners and had a little chat every now and then with his fans during his 2.5-hour performance. This is also what creates the special mood of the open-air festival. Although the weather god did not show was not reliable throughout Sunday evening, the atmosphere did not cool down: The Leningrad Cowboys parodied the rock-star cult in their usual crazy fashion. In shoe size XXXL and with their big quiffs the band presented convincing cover versions of well-known rock and pop songs. BAP continued to spur the audience. Not even the outbreak of a storm, which required 100 helpers and a one-hour interruption of the event to protect the audience, could not ruin the good mood. When the storm was over the guys from Cologne played their hits for almost 2.5 hours up until 00.30 hours for the unshakeable fans.