On December 3, ECLA’s very own bluegrass band, 3 Chords and the Truth, filled Cafe Lyrik in Prenzlauer Berg with twangy chords and soulful melodies, much to the delight of their audience who called for an encore after the final song. The band played two sets, featuring strong vocals by Aurelian-Cezar Cherciu (AY 2006, Romania),
Although only in their second month at ECLA, some students have already seen more of Berlin than the locals, due in part to the “Seeing Berlin” programme that was introduced this academic year. Art historian Aya Soika is coordinating the programme, which exposes students to the cultural and historical aspects of Berlin through regular events.
According to the programme notes to the production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which played in Prenzlauer Berg this weekend, “the play evokes the motive of a humanist enlightened search for coherency in a seemingly postmodern fragmented world.” It is perhaps then no surprise that two of the directors/actors in the production are ECLA
Sarah Paleologu, who directs the ECLA Choir, surprised her vocalists this Winter by including some simple childrens’ songs in the holiday season’s repertoire. The one-line canons like ‘London’s Burning’, which are based on simple repeated harmonies, made perfect sense, however, when the choir recently visited Sonnenhof (English: sunny courtyard), a home for children with incurable diseases. Volunteer workers, children and staff of the