“Urinetown” on stage this weekend at Fredericksburg High School

The Community Education department of the Fredericksburg Independent School District presents “Urinetown”, a high-energy, dance-intensive musical about a city experiencing severe drought conditions, this weekend at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium on Hwy 16 S. Shows run Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m., with a Sunday, July 17 matinee at 2:00 p.m. For details, call the Community Education office at 830-997-7182.

Fredericksburg Opera Fest – July 23-24

San Antonio Opera and The Hill Country Opera League have planned an extravagant Fredericksburg Opera Fest which will take place on July 23rd and 24th.

Hometown Grammy Award nominee Ava Pine, soprano, who has established herself as an artist to watch will be the featured artist for the week-end event. She has been recognized for both her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character in works ranging from Baroque to Contemporary.

Ms. Pine, equally at home with opera, oratorio or recital will be joined by David Gashen, tenor, famous throughout Europe and the Americas for his more than 1300 lead role performances of ‘Phantom Of The Opera’,and Christopher Dickerson, bass-baritone, hailed by The New York Times as a “commanding” voice and noted for his ‘gorgeous lower register by Opera Chic. Dickerson has also had notable performances as Sam in Un Ballo in Maschera at the opera Company of Philadelphia, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with the Minnesota opera as well as multiple engagements at San Antonio Opera beginning with his San Antonio debut as Sparafucile in Rigoletto.

The accompaniest for the week-end is Larry Landusky. Larry is well known throughout texas for his solo work and accompanyament and is especially celebrated for his skill in adapting to the style and repertoire of a large variety of performers and a variety of music genres.

All performers for the week-end are native Texans. Gashen, Dickerson and Landusky are each Texas Tech alumni.

“There will be something for everyone!” says Arden Dorn who is Associate Manager of Corporate Relations with San Antonio Opera and the organizer for The Hill Country Opera League.

The week-end events begin on July 23rd with a 9:30 a.m. showing of The 25th Anniversary PBS presentation of Les Miserables at The Stagecoach Theater, 2254 S. US Highway 87. A pie and ice cream social hosted by The Tootie Pie Company and Blue Bell Creameries will follow. The event is free to the public on a first come first serve basis.

The Saturday evening opening performance of Ava Pine, soprano, David Gashen, tenor and Christopher Dickerson, bass/baritone will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W Shepherd Theater, 1668 Hwy. 87 South. They will collectively present an evening of great music ranging from opera to musical theater. Reserved seating ticket prices for the performance are $40.00.

An ‘after party’ will be held following the Saturday evening performance at The InSight Art Gallery at 214 West Main Street, Fredericksburg. Guest artists will perform familiar arias and broadway show tunes. A wine and martini bar will be featured hosted by Serendipity Wines, LTD., and Cinco Vodka. Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Tickets for the after party are $20.00 per person and may be purchased through Fredericksburg Theater Company.

On Sunday morning, July 24th , an elegant brunch will be hosted by August E’s Restaurant, 203 E. San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Guest artists will perform . Tickets for the brunch are $35.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call August E’s at 830-997-1585 for brunch reservations. The brunch will be available to 100 persons. Local opera singer, Sara Michael Jacobi, soprano and graduate of Texas State University will be one of the featured performers.

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24th, a matinee performance by the above named artists will be held at The Fredericksburg Theater Company, 1668 Hwy. 87 South. The performance will be intrinsically different from the Saturday night performance. Included will be a piano solo arrangement by accompaniest Larry Landusky, noted for his incredible skill at the piano and his great ability to mix everything from familiar hymn tunes, opera arias, jazz, blues, gospel, soul, contemporary, baroque and classical. He has the capability of weaving music styles and varieties into a beautiful tapestry like no other. Tickets for the Sunday Matinee performance are $40.00 on a reserved, first come first serve basis.

Tickets for the week-end: Saturday Evening Performance,7:30 P.M. $40.00. Saturday After Party, following the performance, InSight Gallery, $20.00. Sunday Brunch,11:00-1:00 P.M. (Call August E’s,830-997-1585 for reservations), $35.00. Sunday Matinee, 2:00 P.M., $40.00. All Inclusive Week-end Price: $125.00 includes brunch (inclusive tickets cannot be purchased on line).

Tickets for The Fredericksburg Opera Fest may be purchased at The Fredericksburg Theater Company by calling 888-669-7114 or 830-997-3588. You may also purchase tickets on line at www.fredericksburgtheater.org. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.. The Box office is located at 306 E. Austin St, Fredericksburg, next to the Visitor Information Center. The All Inclusive Week-end tickets WILL NOT be available for purchase on-line. You must call The Fredericksburg Theater Company at 888-669-7114 or 830-997-3588 to purchase the inclusive tickets. All Inclusive Week-end tickets will include the Sunday Brunch. Individual brunch tickets must be purchased directly from August E’s.

Van Der Stucken Music Festival – March 29

Music fans are invited to help celebrate the life and music of Fredericksburg native son Frank Van der Stucken at the Van der Stucken Festival this Saturday, Mar 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX. The event is free and open to the public.

The Van der Stucken Festival was established in 1991 by Friends of Van der Stucken to increase appreciation for the life and work of Fredericksburg native composer Frank Van der Stucken. This will be the first year that the nonprofit Fredericksburg Community Orchestras (FCO) presents the festival. This year’s program will introduce the first Van der Stucken Composition Contest. The winner of this nationwide competition will be announced at the festival and the winning composition will be premiered by an ensemble of FCO.

Also on the program:
Hermann Sons Mixed Choir and the Arion Men’s Choir, led by Mark Hierholzer

Soprano, Brynn Bowyer singing Ave Maria by Franz Schubert; Du bist die ruh by Franz Schubert; and Gedenken-Vergessen by Frank van der Stucken, Op. 17, No. 7.

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, directed by Theresa Britt
-Incantations by David Hinds
-Tango D’Amour by Susan Day
-Vistas de Mexico by Ken Keuning II. Cancione de Amor, III. Fiesta
-Brook Green Suite by Gustav Holst I. Prelude II. Air. III. Dance

Traditionally the evening concludes with the audience joining in singing Nun danket alle Gott (Now Thank We All Our God).

Refreshments will be served following the performances.

The Van der Stucken Festival is supported with contributions from the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, Monterrey Iron & Metal Works, and Jack Vexler, whose wife, Bette, is a direct descendant of Frank Van der Stucken.

Information at www.fredericksburgorchestra.com.

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra Spring 2014 Concert II – May 17

The public is invited to attend the Spring Concert of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra on Saturday, May 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, 107 E. Lower Crabapple Rd, Fredericksburg.

The program is free and will include individual and group performances by musicians and students under the direction of Theresa Britt.

The Advanced Youth Ensemble will open the program followed by the FCO String Orchestra. FCO Suzuki Violin, Cello, and Viola students will then present their recital pieces.

The public is invited to stay and enjoy refreshments after the concert.

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of string education in the Hill Country. The orchestra consists of community members of all ages. The mission of Fredericksburg Community Orchestras is to promote string education in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities.

Area New Year’s Eve Dances and Celebrations

Albert Dance Hall – 5435 S. RR 1623, Albert; dinner and dance; tickets online are $12 for dance in advance or $27 for dinner and dance; purchased at door dance cost is $15 (no dinner tickets sold on day of event); music at 8:00 p.m.by the Sam Bentley Band. 830-644-2042

Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse – 305 W. Main St., Fredericksburg; $75 or $100 per person for dinner, dancing and champagne toast (or $50 for entertainment only); music by Freeride. 830-997-0485

Hangar Hotel Pacific Showroom – USO-Style Hangar Dance, 9:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 155 Airport Rd., Fredericksburg; $40; big band sound by Bill Smallwood and the Lone Star Swing Orchestra. Swing dance lessons from 8:00-9:00 p.m. 1940’s costume contest. Complimentary champagne toast, black-eyed peas and cornbread and party favors at midnight. 830-997-9990

Hill Top Cafe – 10661 N US Highway 87, Fredericksburg; reservations required; two dinner seatings – early 5-9 p.m. ($90) and late 9 p.m.-1:00 a.m. ($125); music by Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent. 830-997-8922

Hondo’s on Main – 312 W. Main St., Fredericksburg; no cover; music by The Dust Devils from 8:00-11:30 p.m. 830-997-1633

Luckenbach Texas – RR 1376 off Hwy 290, Luckenbach; limited number of tickets ($65 each) available for 9:00 p.m. dance with music by Randy Brown. 830-997-3224

Turner Club – 103 W. Travis, Fredericksburg; $15 per person; 8:30 p.m.; music by Sammy Geistweidt and the Wagon Aces. 830-997-3936

Roots Music Concert Series “Americana Night” – June 25

Bluegrass Cello player for Rockin' Acoustic CircusJune 25 is Americana Night at the Roots Music concert at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. Featured acts are Shawn Nelson, The Trishas, and Rockin Acoustic Circus.

6pm Shawn Nelson
Texas native Shawn Nelson grew up on the kind of music he now performs – “feel-good music played by people who felt good playing it, and everyone felt good hearing it.” It is pure Austin/Americana/Roots that reflects influences from cowboy to hippie, for kids as well as their grandparents.

7pm The Trishas
These four unrelated yet musically bound artists have opened for the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and sang with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Joe Walsh. Liz channels Motown; Jamie leans more to country/folk; Kelley brings the bluesy, southern soul; and Savannah adds her strong voice with the most delicate breaks.

8:40 Rockin Acoustic Circus
Rockin’ Acoustic Circus lives up to the name. Their rockin’ acoustic sound comes from outstanding instrumentalists on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and cello. And as most band members are still in their teens, their show is a circus for the audience, with so much going on there is always a musical surprise. The Tulsa-based group creates a fresh fusion bluegrass sound that sounds like no other act.

Upcoming genres include Cajun/Zydeco Night in July, Blues in August, a Roots “Remix” in September, and an added indoor concert for October. (Detailed schedule at www.pioneermuseum.net)

The Longhorn Street Cafe is serving up grilled-to-order Ribeye or chicken-fried ribeye, green bean almandine, mashed potato, dinner roll and peach cobbler – all for $10. Serving begins at 5 p.m., with music underway from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests can purchase wine, beer, sodas, and water.

The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with event entrance on Milam Street. Parking is free, and guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. A $2 discount is available for advance online ticket sales or web page printout at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society. For information: 830-997-2835, www.pioneermuseum.net, info@pioneermuseum.net.