Beautiful was the time ...


Already the name Harald Kalamala was a guarantee that about 50 visitors poured into the former synagogue in Obernbreit. The audience included people who were not yet born when the songs were performed and oldies born in 1932,1934 and 1935.

The moderation of the evening was taken over by the singer himself. He led with expertise, humor and feeling for the mood of the auditorium through the program "Musical time travel with oldies but goldies" through the 1950s to 1980s, whereby even nature played along, when almost synchronously to the performance of the song "Rythm of the falling rain" a rain shower rained down on the roof of the former synagogue.

He had divided the evening into several blocks. The first he wanted to call "warm-up." But already after the first rhythms the audience was electrified, so that audibly a warm-up had not been necessary.

The crème de la crème of authors and performers of these four decades presented Kalamala. For 120 minutes without a break, accompanied only by his guitar. Even listing the titles is beyond the scope of this report. Some in the audience may have realized only in the evening retrospective that songs that people sang unreflectively at that time not only expressed their own state of mind, but were also protest songs against the prevailing conditions.

With "Tambourine man" the singer led "through the mists of time" back to youth and childhood. "Yellow submarine" expressed what the youth dreamed of at that time "a place where you can be with your friends and have everything you need, blue sky and pure sea" The selected hit "Blowing in the wind" received current meaning and no real answer that evening. "How many times must the cannon balls fly/ before tey're forever banned? And with regard to Putin: "how many deaths will it take 'till he knows/that too manny people have died?"

In the German block, the desire to sing along was clearly greater, because they were confident of at least a certain lyricism. Freddy Quinn's "So schön war die Zeit" awakened many beautiful memories; but also sad ones of loss and transience.

When the singer wanted to say goodbye after more than two hours with Reinhard Mey and "Gute Nacht Freunde", he did not succeed. He had to follow up with a long encore.

There was still time for a "last glass standing" with most of the enthusiastic, old and new friends of Kalamala and the former synagogue.

The Träger- und Förderverein ehemalige Synagoge Obernbreit e.V. would like to thank all the guests of the evening, who with their visit again made our house a place of remembrance and encounter.

But we especially thank Harald Kalamala for his concert in favor of our association. We will use the proceeds to continue to offer concerts, lectures and exhibitions in the former synagogue.

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