With Pastor Müller as editor
A concert, the likes of which one hears in world’s big concert halls, took place in Baiersbronn in the Black Forest on 10th November. Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet, and his wife, Eriko Takezawa-Friedrich, organ/piano, opened the musical heaven playing music from the Baroque to the Modern for the audience that completely filled the Marienkirche Baiersbronn. The two soloists have performed on all five continents.
The concert given by the artist couple marked the occasion of Manfred Gebhardt’s 80th birthday. In his early days Manfred was Reinhold‘s trumpet teacher and gave him decisive impulses for his musical career.
During the interval Sonja Herrmann informed the audience about the missionary hospital Diospi Suyana in Peru. Sonja is currently studying medicine at Tübingen University and had a five-week placement at the hospital last year. After the concert the visitors had a chance to speak to her and gather information from a photo wall.
During his active career Manfred Gebhardt travelled to many countries worldwide working for the Deutschen Entwicklungsdienstes (DED), the German Development Service. Asked that evening why he specifically chose to support the missionary hospital in Peru Manfred answered: “I read both books about Diospi Suyana and am convinced about the value of this institution’s work!”
It was free admission to the concert, but the audience was asked to put something (e.g. the money for a professional concert ticket) in the retiring collection!
Picture above: Manfred Gebhardt‘s (sitting) health impairment did not prevent him from organising a concert with Reinhold Friedrich and Eriko Takezawa-Friedrich. Picture: Waltraud Günther, Schwarzwälder Bote.