Hardly anyone knows it, but Hanover is a magnet for music-lovers. It boasts more than 400 choirs. The rock band the Scorpions and Eurovision winner Lena come from the capital of Lower Saxony. Now it's making a bid to become a UNESCO City of Music.
With the successful staging of "Fiddler on the Roof," the Komische Oper celebrates its 70th anniversary. For DW columnist Gero Schliess, the smallest of the three Berlin opera houses is particularly inspiring right now.
He became famous as the pianist who played in the rubble of war-torn Syria, but Aeham Ahmad is much more than that. He's now a popular musician and has established a home in Wiesbaden with his family.
Almost eight years after 21 people died and 650 were injured at the "Love Parade" music festival in Duisburg, the incident is finally being reviewed in a court of criminal law. Victims' families are counting on justice.
Germans are abandoning small villages for larger cities — and nowhere more so than in the former Communist east. Politicians say that they'll help, but property in rural eastern areas is going for a song.
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