In the spring of every year, Alamo Metro Chorus participates in the Region 10 chorus competition in Houston, Texas. Competitions are a special time for quartets and choruses from our region to come together to sing for each other, and get some constructive feedback from a panel of judges. The winners of the regional competition in both quartet and chorus categories get to travel to International Competition, which is held in the fall in a city selected each year. Alamo Metro Chorus won the 2009 Region 10 Competition in Houston, and competed in Seattle, WA, in the fall of 2010.
Ian McFeron, whose lyrical prose has been compared to Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and David Gray, weaves together a variety of roots-Americana traditions to create his own unique form of roots-oriented American music.
“2011 was a big year for us,” McFeron says. “We recorded the new album in Nashville with some of our heroes, toured the United States from coast to coast twice, and played our first international tour.” His sixth and newest album, “Summer Nights” was recorded and mixed in just ten days at Studio G! in East Nashville, Tennessee. The album was produced by Patty Griffin’s long-time guitarist and musical collaborator, Doug Lancio and features musical performances by Lancio as well as Ryan Adams and the Cardinals’ drummer Brad Pemberton, Ryan Adams’ bassist Billy Mercer, keyboardist and Seattle-native Micah Hulscher, and McFeron’s long-time musical partner Alisa Milner on fiddle and cello.
After the Spring release of “Summer Nights” McFeron and Milner embarked on a three month, 68 show tour of the U.S. followed by a summer packed with regional performances with the band. “We’ve stayed hungry and ambitious over the years. I was talking with a friend, and counted that I was only home for eight scattered weeks in 2011. Every year or two we try to double our touring route,” said McFeron. After two years of living on the Interstates of America, McFeron pushed across the Atlantic, adding 32 Fall performances spread throughout England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
The performances in Ireland were of personal significance to McFeron. Exactly ten years ago, he spent three months in Belfast with the University of Washington’s Comparative History of Ideas department. “We studied the Northern Irish conflict and looked how competing versions of history presented challenges to making peace. Belfast became really dear to me, and it was a surreal sort of homecoming being back.” McFeron was excited to see how the city had grown and changed. “When we were there this November, Belfast was hosting the European MTV awards. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, all these celebrities were staying in the Europa Hotel downtown. Ten years ago, the Europa was infamous for being the most heavily bombed hotel in Europe. To see how far the peace process had come in such a short time was really inspiring.”
In 2012, McFeron is looking forward to time in the studio. “I’m always writing music and looking ahead to the next album project,” he says. “That’s what really keeps the wheels rolling for me.” So whether he is planning another world tour, or recording albums that make friends out of heroes, you can always bet Ian McFeron is dreaming big.
Ian McFeron takes the stage at the Auslander Biergarten on Sunday, May 20th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for a free afternoon performance. Ian will be joined on stage by long time musical partner and accompanist Alisa Milner, a Texas-style fiddler and harmony vocalist.
“…McFeron is a fine singer and songwriter, an alt-folk/rock/Americana performer who strikes a cool balance between the mellow and the edgy.”
– San Antonio Express-News
For more information about this show, please call (830) 997-7714 or visit them on the web at www.theauslander.com.
The fun begins on Firday with Cow Pasture Pool Celebrity Golf Tournament has a 9 am shot-gun start at Lady Bird Municipal Golf Course. Fest fun starts at 7pm with Jake Martin, Thomas Michael Riley, and Randy Brown. Friday night Music is FREE with a suggested donation to benefit our Wounded Warriors.
Saturdays bands include Gary P. Nunn, Max Stalling, Tejas Brothers, Blacktop Gypsy, Chris Wall, and The Wolf Sisters as they take stage with Thomas Michael Riley.
Call (888) 311-8990 for more information.
More “Funtabulous” entertainment than ever before!
Kids under 18 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Showtime is 7 PM.
Rockbox Theater is at 109 N. Llano. Call 830-997-7625 for more information.
Join Sugar & Smoke for live music in their Courtyard by the 7stories Band on Saint Patrick’s Day! They will be serving the finest Texas and German Beers, along with superb Texas and specially selected wines, champagne, and prosecco. You will also want to get your hands on some of their world-class sliders – slow-smoked meats served on homemade buns.
They’re bringing live music to the courtyard every Friday & Saturday afternoon from 3-6. Please click here for details and information.
The orchestra consists of community members of all ages and musical experience. The mission of nonprofit Fredericksburg Community Orchestra is to promote string education in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities. The Christmas Concert will be held at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 E. Lower Crabapple Rd.
7 pm. Free admission, but donations appreciated. Call (806) 549-2483 for more information.
Mark Hierholzer presents his new series of concerts, Music at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street. These concerts are held regularly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at historic St. Joseph’s Hall. The music will be the original compositions and improvisations of Hierholzer. The concert will also feature the works of other composers whose work is exemplified by clarity, hope, beauty and honesty. This concert will feature dance movements of Johann Sebastian Bach from his French and English Suites.
7 pm. Admission is by donation.
Oh yeah, dance off that extra helping of turkey and dressing and dessert to the music of Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band. This is always a popular Pat’s Hall Dance – so we encourage you to get your tickets early! Beer and wine cash bar. Sorry, no BYOB. Tickets are also available at the Pat’s Hall office Monday through Friday, 8 amto 4 pm and at the door.
Pat’s Hall is at 406 Post Oak Road. Doors at 7 pm; dance at 8 pm. $15 per person. Rain or shine – no refunds! Call 830-997-7574 for more information.
Enjoy Harvest Fest, A German Chorale Concert by the Fredericksburg Chorale at St. Joseph Halle, 212 W. San Antonio Street, Sunday November 7. Admission is by donation. Call (830) 997-3936 for more information.
A concert to honor Fredericksburg-born composer Frank Van der Stucken and featuring performances by the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, guest speaker Larry Wolz and presenting the winner of the Van der Stucken composition contest. At historic St. Joseph’s Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Wine and cake will be served following the concert to celebrate the 158th birthday of Frank Van der Stucken.
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.