Monday, October 5, 2015

Oktoberfest Kicks Off, One More Weekend Of Fun To Come!

An authentic German Oktoberfest experience is like no other you will experience in San Antonio and surrounding areas. At Beethoven Maennerchor, it's always a good time. This year didn't disappoint.

Festivities got underway Friday evening with the tapping of the keg by KSAT TV's Adam Caskey! Once the beer was flowing, visitors took part in the delicious and traditional food offerings by Beethoven's own kitchen staff. 

They also heard from Beethoven's Damenchor, or women's choir, the Kinderchor, or children's choir, and the Maennerchor, the men's choir. 

Of course, San Antonio media showed their love for the city's German heritage. KENS' Eileen Teves and photojournalist Dario Ramos (photo right) came out to preview Oktoberfest with the gang in the garten on Wednesday, KSAT's Adam Caskey reported from Beethoven and gave a great forecast for the weekend, and the San Antonio Current helped spread the word on social media and their website about the great events taking place! We would like to express our appreciation to all for the publicity. We are excited to share German culture, heritage and preservation with San Antonians and visitors.

Arlyn Maloy, Beethoven board member, shows his spirit
with his lederhosen and steins. Photo by Gabby Mata, San Antonio Current
But of course the fun doesn't stop there.

There's still another weekend of Oktoberfest to come, more memories to be made, and more food, fun and entertainment!

Come out to Beethoven Maennerchor, 422 Pereida, Oct. 9th and 10th from 5 p.m. 'til midnight. A donation of $5 at the gate is requested.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

German Classes

It's that time of year again -- time to learn German.

In addition to programs within Beethoven that consists of the choirs, there are German-language classes that take place adjacent to the Beethoven facilities within the Beethoven Museum.

The program runs 12 weeks. Students are encouraged to contact the professor or simply fill out the registration information, and find out the schedule, which can be found here.

It's still early and there's still time to participate.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Gebirgs Sängerfest - This Saturday!

On Saturday, Sept. 26, German choirs from across the state will gather in New Braunfels at the McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San Antonio Street, for a day of fun and, of course, music at the Gebrigs Sängerfest.

The Gemischter Chor Harmonie, known as the New Braunfels German Choir, will host the event. The concert is open to the public, starting at 1:30 p.m. 

The gathering is a reminder of why these German clubs continue their tradition of music and culture. Visitors will be able to hear a wide variety of musical styles. Participants love to catch up with friends and take part in putting on a performance of this magnitude.

Beethoven's choirs have been prepping for the event for several months, while also getting ready for Oktoberfest at the Halle and other events that will take place this fall.

Check out the map above for directions to the McKenna Events Center in New Braunfels. Email us if you have any questions. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Oktoberfest Ringtones Are Here!

Oktoberfest Ringtones are here! Select your favorite tune below. On your mobile device (an Android seems to be the easiest in doing this), choose your song. When the player appears, hold down on the player or speaker icon and choose, "Save Link" when prompted. Use your phone's settings to find and select the file to play during incoming calls.

If you are an iPhone user, it's going to be a little more challenging for you because, even though Apple is super-duper cool and techy, it's incredibly difficult to customize things like ringtones. Click here or here for instructions. Or if you've done this sort of thing before, please email us and let us know an easy way for iPhone users to do this!

If you're on a computer, click the link to the song and right click on the player. Choose "Save As" and the mp3 will be downloaded to your computer. Then send it to your phone!

We hope you can install these awesome ringtones on your phone and get in the spirit of the best time of the year!

Download Ein Prosit!
Download Bier Her!
Download Eins, Zwei, G'suffa!
Download Prost, Ihr Herren!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Beethoven Work Party Sept. 19

Hello Beethoven Members, 

Please come help spruce up the Beethoven for our biggest event of the year, Octoberfest! 

We have an event on the afternoon of the 19th, so I need as many of you to show up as possible. This will allow us to finish work early and avoid conflicts with event preparations. 

On the agenda: painting the outdoor bathroom, minor finishing touches on the clubroom floor, groundskeeping, picnic table maintenance and other odds and ends. Thanks in advance for your help!

We'll get started at 9 a.m.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Oktoberfest Set For Oct. 2-3, 9-10

If you haven't already, it's just about time to dust that Lederhosen or Dirndl off and get set for Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest at Beethoven Maennerchor is a San Antonio favorite. The tradition continues this year Oct. 2-3, 9-10.

From standard German fare like brats and sauerkraut to musical entertainment by the Beethoven Maennerchor and Damenchor, bands and additional acts, Oktoberfest is a celebration like no other!

"We look forward to this event every year," said Claus Heide, president of Beethoven Maennerchor. "It's a wonderful way to showcase the club, all of the people who work tirelessly day after day to keep Beethoven running, and the wonderful German heritage in south Texas. Hopefully the weather will be cooler and enjoyable."

Tickets for Oktoberfest are available at the gate for a $5 donation, or pre-sale inside the club room for $3. Gates open at 5 p.m. each day with the event lasting until midnight.

Bring your friends. Bring your family. Meet new people, take advantage of German food and drinks, and have a ball.

See you at Oktoberfest!

Friday, August 14, 2015

National Travel Program Highlights Beethoven Maennerchor in Upcoming Episode

Photo courtesy "Travelscope"
From Eastern European outings to discoveries across America, the travel program, Travelscope, features the most unique and interesting people and places.

Beethoven Maennerchor Garten during Fiesta 2015
So it's no surprise that host Joseph Rosendo and his producer-wife Julie, found their way to Beethoven Maennerchor during one of San Antonio's most colorful and celebrated time of year - Fiesta.

Travelscope and its crew of camera people featured the garten during its liveliest, capturing snippets of El Rey Feo, the “Ugly King," the Beethoven Maennerchor, and the cheerful throngs of party people.

Both of the traveling partners, Joseph and Julie, have been to Beethoven before, but never during Fiesta. Julie explained the show during a phone conversation from her California studio.

"The show talks about German heritage. It's a wonderful element to highlight," she said. 

Beethoven plays one part in the 26-minute long feature. The show will also take viewers to the satirically funny Fiesta Cornyation, the decorated Battle of Flowers Parade, the traditional NIOSA event, and King William Fair.  

It's not unusual a nationally syndicated program would visit San Antonio. The city is a cultural magnet for people all over the world. Though, San Antonio did have one more thing going for it: Julie Rosendo used to call the Alamo City home.

"I was the vice president of development for the local PBS station," she said. That's right. She worked for KLRN and coincidentally met her future husband on the job. "He came to San Antonio to cover a wine tasting event for a radio show he was doing," Julie said.

During that visit, Joseph gave Julie a DVD prototype of a travel show he'd dreamed of doing. That turned into Travelscope. "The rest, as they say, was history," she added.

During Beethoven's spotlight on the upcoming episode, Julie recalled one of the funnier moments. It took place with King Rey Feo, Jon Herrera, who joked that even Dos Equis tastes good in a German stein," Julie said. Beethoven, of course, is known for its variety of authentic German beers on tap.

Beethoven Maennerchor and Damenchor on stage during Fiesta
2015. Travelscope's crew is near the stage.
No show would be complete without a rendition of Ein Prosit, sung by Maennerchor dirigent (director) David Nelson, the Maennerchor and Damenchor, and the crowd.

Travelscope's Season 8 will begin in September. The earliest the feature on San Antonio's Fiesta and Beethoven Maennerchor will air is December. Air times will depend on local listings. It will run for many years to come, "literally thousands of times," Julie said.

Currently, the episode is in post-production, where audio and color will be fine-tuned. It'll also be available on DVD. More information is available on the Travelscope website for the San Antonio’s Fiesta - Olé! episode.