Dusseldorf will Celebrate Musician's Career

2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann, master composer and musician of the Romantic period, and Düsseldorf, the city where he lived and worked, will be celebrating with a year of concerts and events all over the city with top events taking place during Schumannfest 2010, from May 28 to June 14.
Schumannfest 2010 will feature performances of the composer's entire body of work in venues and on stages all over Düsseldorf. The festival's main events during its 18 days include concerts in all of the city's premier classical music venues such as the Opera House, Tonhalle Concert Hall, College of Music, as well as several churches with performances by world-class international musicians and orchestras. Schedules and details are available at www.schumannfest-duesseldorf.de. In addition, a new guided tour in the Footsteps of Robert Schumann is offered in English and German.
Schumann spent his last creative years in Düsseldorf as the city's musical director from 1850-1854. During Schumannfest, the city itself becomes the backdrop for a fascinating spring music festival experience. The city's Old Town is home to the “longest bar in the world”—260 restaurants, bars and pubs serving local “Alt Beer” and local cuisine. The river promenade leads from Old Town to modern MediaHarbour. Moreover, 20 castles in and around the city as well as short distances to other destinations including the Rhine-Ruhr area, Cologne, Belgium, the Netherlands, offer many more opportunities for short and long-term stays. Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s third-largest, offers several non-stop flights from US cities as well as connections to many European cities. For more information, visit www.visitduesseldorf.de.