2011 Roots Music Calendar Released

Leeann Atherton performed for Blues Night during the 2010 Roots Music season.

In 2011, the Pioneer Museum will be celebrating its 10th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country. For this special occasion, we will have a few surprises and an extra “Indoor Encore” in the Historic Sanctuary.

The Roots Music Series is a fundraiser for the Gillespie County Historical Society, a non-profit organization. It is a series of outdoor concerts under the trees on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Every summer we have 5 shows with 5 different genres of Roots music from 3 unique performers each night. We offer food, beer, wine and refreshments for sale and all kids under 17 get in free.

Visit www.pioneermuseum.net/roots-music for more details.

Come join us!

2011 Dates and Genres

May 28 – Bluegrass Night

June 25 – Americana Night

July 30 – Country Night

Aug 20 – Blues Night

Sept 24 – Roots Remix Special

Oct 15 – Roots Indoor Encore in Historic Sanctuary

Van Der Stucken Festival – March 22

DSC_1980A mix of musicians will present a concert in honor of Fredericksburg-born composer Frank Valentin van der Stucken, on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Halle in Fredericksburg. This is the 22nd Festival, and celebrates Van der Stucken’s 155th birthday. Admission is by donation.

The program:

The Hermann Sons Mixed Chorus, under the direction of Mark Hierholzer, will perform selections from the traditional German repertoire:
Mein Mund der Singet
Praege Deine Liebe
Pilgrim’s Chorus, by Wagner

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, under the direction of Theresa Britt, will play:
March in D Major, G. F. Handel
Brandenburg Concerto No.3, Allegro J. S. Bach, arr. Issac
Gopack, Modest Mussorgsky
Slava (Glory), Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Dackow
Lullaby, Hofeldt
Edelweiss, Rogers & Hammerstein, arr. Britt

Carol Wills, Mezzo-Soprano, will sing “Via de la Rosa,” by Billy Sprague and Niles Borop, accompanied by Mark Hierholzer.

Baritone Larry Wolz, professor of voice and music history at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, will present the following works by Van der Stucken:
Dämmerstunde, Op. 34, No. 2 (Twilight)
Unter der Linde, Op. 33, No. 5 (Under the Linden Tree)

The Finale will be all participants singing the introduction to Van der Stucken’s Pax Triumphans (Triumph of Peace), which Van der Stucken traditionally used to end his concerts.

Dr. Wolz is an authority on the German composer’s life, and will be available to answer questions during the reception following the program.

Van der Stucken, who was born in Fredericksburg in 1858, led the “Sangerbund” movement, training singers in the tradition of German male choruses. He also was a champion of contemporary American composers, conducting the first concert devoted exclusively to them.

For information, call (806) 549-2483.

Canto Chamber Choir Concert – December 5

The annual Christmas Concert fundraiser benefitting the Good Samaritan Center at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 East Lower Crabapple Rd at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and will be sold in advance at the Good Samaritan Center, Grasshopper & Wild Honey, Memorial Presbyterian Church Office, Bierschwale-Rees Insurance, Hill Country Evangelical Free Church and also at the door.

FTC Presents “A Tributre to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber” – 4/1-17

Fredericksburg Theater Company TributeJoin the Fredericksburg Theater Company as they celebrate another season. FTC’s production will be “A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber” at the Steve W. Shepherd Theatre, 1668 Highway 87 South.

Expect to hear your favorite show tunes in this concert filled with their greatest songs from Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Cats, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love and more.

All performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Call (830) 997-3588 for details.

Renown scholar to speak at “What’$ It Worth?” pre-event party

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chair and associate professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University, will talk on the 19th century furniture and decorative arts of the German artisans of the Texas Hill Country at his Pre-Event Cocktail Reception on Friday evening, April 20, from6:30until9 p.m. inside the Historic Sanctuary and Social Hall.

The event is part of the What’$ It Worth? Appraisal event at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, with a Rare Find$ Market and Appraisal Day.

Hafertepe’s specialties include American decorative arts and historic buildings and sites. According to Stephen Vollmer, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Historical Society, Hafertepe will use lavish illustrations to answer such questions as who were the makers of early Fredericksburg furniture; what are its distinctive features; where did the makers get their ideas and their materials; and how have these wonderful examples of Texas furniture survived to the present?

Hafertepe has published a number of books and articles, and delivered lectures at the Amon Carter Museum, the DRT Library at the Alamo, the Heritage Society of Harris County, and the Winedale Historical Center. He is currently completing two books: one on the material culture of German Texans, and a guide to the historic buildings and sites of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

Guests at the Pre-Event Party also will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts from Amish Market, Bejas, Chocolat, Dutchman’s, Fredericksburg Fudge, Navajo Grill, Sophie’s Choice, Sugar and Smoke, and Sunset Grill, along with door prizes and silent auction.

Reception tickets are $30 for GCHS members and $35 for non-members, and include one free appraisal on Saturday. Guests are asked to RSVP to 990-8441.

On both Friday and Saturday from9 a.m.to3 p.m., shoppers are invited to the new Rare Find$ Market on the Pioneer Museum grounds. Select vendors will offer their unique items for sale to the public. Entrance for the Market is through the Welcome Center on Main Street. Admission to the Market is free and open to the public on both days.

Appraisal Day is Saturday, April 21, from9 a.m.to3 p.m. Patrons can bring their items to the Historic Sanctuary,312 West San Antonio Street. Appraisals are offered at $10 per item, with no limit on items. Large items can be appraised by bringing a high-quality photograph.

Independent antique appraisers will be on hand to gauge the value of treasures and collectibles, including furniture, paintings, sculpture, art, books, textiles, silver, glass, toys, guns, knives, vintage jewelry, clocks, and western and Fredericksburg memorabilia.

For information and to purchase tickets, call 830-990-8441, email info@pioneermuseum.net, or visit online at www.pioneermuseum.net.