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Roll over Beethoven ... celebrate his 250 birthday

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    Jodi Dougherty, Boerne Art League, March Artist of the Month
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    Portrait of Ludwig von Beethoven, by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820.

We celebrate the genius of Ludwig Von Beethoven, born in Cologne, Germany, in 1770, marking his 250th year. He died in Vienna, Austria, in 1827. This German composer’s music is often described as that which took us from the Classical to Romantic eras.

Having performed for the first time at 8 years old, and often regarded as the greatest composer of all time, Beethoven dominated a period of music history not quite like anyone else has before or since. While his compositions were rooted in the Classical tradition, Beethoven became the source of those who followed, characterizing the works of the Romantics.

In the Classical tradition of Hayden and Mozart, his music embraces the new spirit of humanism found in the literature of Goethe and Von Schiller and Kant’s redefined moral requirements, the ideals of the French Revolution with passionate concern for individual freedom and dignity. Beethoven’s music reveals the power of music without the aid of the spoken word.

Through his musical form he broadened the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet. He was the first to attempt the combination of vocal and instrumental music in his Ninth Symphony.

Beethoven is most famously known for his lifetime struggle with progressing deafness, albeit some of his most important works were composed in the last 10 years of his life. Recent tests of his hair and bones suggest he died of lead poisoning consumed through consumption of wine and water from drinking goblets containing lead. He was the first musician thought to have received a salary without obligation to court or through church patronage.

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio will celebrate the genius of Ludwig von Beethoven with Beethoven Seven, The Creatures of Prometheus and Symphony No. 7, on April 3 and 4 at 8 p.m.; and Beethoven: The Piano Concertos, Night One on April 10; Night Two on April 11. For information call 210-223-8624.


Boerne Art League’s March Artist of the Month is Jodi Dougherty. Growing up in Washington State, Dougherty has always loved to draw and paint, even as a young child. She attended Seattle Art Institute in the early ’90s and in 1998 her family relocated to Texas where she was stationed at Fort Hood as an active duty soldier in the Army.

Raising three children and pursuing a career did not allow much time for art. Now with her children grown, Dougherty has settled into the Boerne Hill Country where she has again begun to paint and draw.

Recently, she has learned to paint with oils, and it has become her favorite medium. Her work can be viewed at Boerne banks during the month of March.

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Helotes Gallery celebrates one-year anniversary, Feb 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 14391 Old Bandera Road, Helotes. For information, 210-370-9204.

Cibolo Creek Quilters Guild monthly meetings, second Thursday, 7 p.m., Patrick Heath Public Library, 451 N. Main Street, Boerne.

Art AfterHours Spring Series, Hill Country Council for the Arts, decorative arts methodology classes. Pioneer House, the AgriCultural Museum and Arts Center, 102 City Park Rd., Boerne:

March 3 – Beginning Jewelry. 10 a.m. to noon or 7 to 9 p.m.

March 31 – Wood Burning. 10 a.m. to noon or 7 to 9 p.m.

April 7 – Alcohol Ink Painting. 10 a.m. to noon or 7 to 9 p.m.

April 21 – Paper Making. 7 to 9 p.m.

May 12 – Marbleizing with Suminagashi Ink. 7 to 9 p.m.

May 26 – Shibori with Indigo Dye. 7 to 9 p.m.

$35 each class or $190 for all six. Register today at

Boerne Concert Band, March 8, Spring Swing, 6 p.m., Boerne High School Auditorium. Get your feet tapping at a free concert featuring Big Band, Swing and Broadway classics from Hoagy Carmichael, Glenn Miller and Rodgers and Hammerstein. 1 Greyhound Lane. For more information, boerneconcertbandcom.