The Texas Hill Country is a wondrous place offering extraordinary views, cuisine ranging from down home style to elegant dining, as well as entertainment for everybody, from all walks of life. Boerne, located about 45 minutes northwest of San Antonio on IH 10, is an idyllic Hill Country town with rolling hills and gorgeous trees. The town has become a destination, drawing people from all over to the many shops that line the main street.
In the new year, however, Boerne will be expanding its horizons, bringing world class performance to the city. The Vienna Boys Choir, TAO: The Art of the Drum, and Bowfire, all nationally and internationally known, will be coming to Boerne and honoring the Hill Country with their world- class performances.
This opportunity is being made possible by the efforts of the Boerne Performing Arts, a newly formed committee operating under the auspices of the Hill Country Council for the Arts. The committee was formed following the three wildly successful concerts in Boerne during the 2010-2011 season that featured Mariachi los Camperos di Nato Cano, Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway, and Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel 5.
Boerne Performing Arts’ mission is simple: bring the world of performing arts to Boerne. To do so, they believe, is to open a new world for everyone.
The Vienna Boys Choir will take the stage at the Boerne ISD Champion High School Auditorium on February 9. The choir, founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, is made up of 10-14 year old boys whose voices combine to produce melodic and moving productions.
Boerne Performing Arts chairperson Carol Schultz has a background in vocal music.
“This is a rare and special opportunity to hear the pure tones and harmonies of such well-trained musicians... right here in our community!” said Schultz. “Attending this performance by a world-famous choir is a great way for families to bond and to have their children discover new music.”
In March, the stage will come to life once again with performances from the nationally acclaimed TAO: The Art of the Drum and Bowfire.
TAO: The Art of the Drum is a stirring modern adaptation of the traditional art form of Japanese Drumming that will not only be performing for the public on March 4, but the group will also perform a special student performance for 1,000 students during the school day. Bowfire, which will play for the public on March 8, will also perform a program for the students.
Bowfire’s virtuosic cast will showcase string instruments in a variety of musical genres ranging from Celtic, Texas Swing, Rock, Ottawa Valley, Jazz and more.
Boerne Performing Arts will provide these two student performances, reaching out to 2,000 students, at no charge to the students.
Cathie Meadows, Boerne ISD Lead Fine Arts Teacher commented, “Boerne Performing Arts will have a great impact on our school district. 2,000 students will be able to see and experience these world-class performances without cost to the students or our district. As students learn of other cultures and experience performances by world-renowned artists, they will also be inspired to achieve greater goals and to think ‘outside the box.’ These performances will give many of our students an opportunity they might otherwise never experience.”
The students will experience TAO: The Art of the Drum and Bowfire during special 10:00am student shows made possible through sponsorships, patron donations, grants, and ticket sale proceeds from the public performances.
That is the great thing about Boerne Performing Arts. While they are working to bring the great world of performing arts to Boerne, they are also striving to share the excitement and magic of the arts with tomorrow’s artists and art lovers, the kids of the Hill Country.
Through an outreach program, the group is bringing exciting and magical performances to kids who otherwise might never have the opportunity to be exposed to it. They are hoping to spark an interest and perhaps even begin a lifelong love of performing arts.
In addition to the two free outreach concerts, the Boerne Performing Arts Committee will also be helping to nurture young students by selecting some of them to perform prior to each of the shows. The preludes to the shows will not only showcase musical talent of Hill Country youth, but there will also be works of art from local young artisans.
There is no doubt that anyone who attends these performances will walk away with a memory that will last a lifetime, and in awe of the talent of those artists. Luckily, now you don’t have to travel to the big city to attend one of these concerts. Boerne, and the Hill Country, are very lucky indeed to have the opportunity to welcome each of these performances.
For more information, including ticket information, information on the groups and the committee, please visit the Boerne Performing Arts website at www.boerneperformingarts.com.