Nation: Happy Birthday, Lud

Ludwig van Beethoven's 200th birthday has been celebrated this year with due reverence in much of the musical world. But the city of San Antonio is giving the anniversary song a definite Texas beat. The San Antonio Symphony, trying to raise $75,000 for its endowment fund, has found Ludwig a profitable gimmick. Recently, guests arriving for a fund-raising coffee were startled to be greeted by a smiling Beethoven who said, "Velcome to mein birthday." Actually, it was an actor named Stewart Drake, suited up in Viennese knickers and wig. The delighted guests sang "Happy Birthday, dear Ludwig." Then there is the...

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