April 13 concert to raise funds for study abroad

April 5, 2017 GMT

The newly founded Rio Grande Valley German Club brings a slice of European culture to Brownsville on April 13 with the Musikabend Spring Concert at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.

“Musikabend” is German for “evening music.” The program will feature faculty and senior student musicians performing a variety of pieces by great German composers from the baroque, classical and romantic periods. A reception before the concert will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

The club is a University of Texas Rio Grande Valley student group whose members — all German-language students at UTRGV — have spent months planning the event. Arno Forst, UTRGV assistant professor of accounting, serves as the club’s faculty advisor. He said the purpose of the concert is two-fold: to enhance the diversity of cultural events in the Lower Valley and raise money for scholarships to send Valley students to Germany each summer to study.


“I studied in the U.S.,” said Forst, a native of Bonn, Germany. “It changed my life. This was why I was so determined to help the students with that. I know the value of study-abroad for a young person.”

The club, created to raise awareness of German culture, seized on his idea for a concert as opposed to a bake sale or Oktoberfest, since it’s likely to raise more money and sending students to Germany isn’t cheap, he said. Indeed, traveling to Europe is out of reach financially for most Valley students, Forst said.

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