History is on Stage at Schweiger Ranch

One of the more unexpected cultural gems of Lone Tree, Colorado is the restored historic treasure, Schweiger Ranch. this revived homestead and living history museum was envisioned and completed by the nonprofit Schweiger Ranch Foundation. the Ranch is nestled on 38 acres in RidgeGate, southeast of I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway and is open seasonally for guided and self-guided tours. It’s the only historic property in Lone Tree and is protected as a Historic Landmark in Douglas County.

In the long shadows of the late day sun, you can almost see the Austrian Schweiger brothers who founded this ranch in 1874. John, Joseph and Jacob Schweiger worked this land, overcame immense hardship, and thrived in this bucolic setting. The original farmhouse has been restored to pristine condition. The restoration has also brought new life to the barn and silo, granary, chicken coop,machine shed, and cistern house. As you walk the property and encounter the apple orchard, cows, and abundant wildlife, you can sense the magic and the beauty that drew those pioneers here over a century ago.

 

Schweiger Ranch is a unique cultural destination for families and presents many activitis and events throughout the year. The City of Lone Tree’s Annual fall Festival is happening on October 6 from 10am-2pm. The second annual Austrian Christmas and Christkindl market is on December 1 from 1-6pm. Schweiger Ranch can be rented for private events, community activities and festivals.

Find about more about events, volunteer opportunities, tours, and facility rentals at Schweigerranch.org.

Wiener Sängerknaben – Vienna Boys Choir – in the US

Vienna Boys Choir in 39-City Tour

Bringing Their Irrepressible Energy to Venues Throughout the U.S.

New CD to be Released 5 October

The Vienna Boys Choir makes a much anticipated return to the U.S. on  28 October 2018, visiting 39 cities throughout the country, from Maine to Washington state. Along with their conductor, Oliver Stech, they will bring two brand new concert programs for the tour. The first, V ienna Waits for You , features a typically broad range of repertoire including sacred, secular, folk and popular titles with a focus on the great Viennese musical traditions, and a nod to American audiences as well. Later in the tour they will switch to a new iteration of their holiday program, Christmas in Vienna.
The modern Vienna Boys Choir bears little resemblance to the original group of six boys invited to sing at the Viennese court many centuries ago. Today, the Vienna Boys Choir consists of 100 boys between the ages of ten and fourteen, from dozens of nations, divided into four touring groups. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. Between them, the four choirs give 300 concerts and performances each year before almost half a million people. They visit virtually all European countries, and are frequent guests in Asia, Australia, and the Americas. The Vienna Boys Choir also has a close association with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with members of the orchestra and the men of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle (Chapel Imperial) they still provide the music for Sunday mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498. The group is active in education and community engagement, sponsoring music academies in both Vienna and Hong Kong. The VBC performs music from all over the world and has for years commissioned new music as well. The Choir has appeared many times on screen and is featured in four films by Curt Faudon, including Songs for Mary, Silk Road and Bridging the Gap. In the realm of audio recording, the Choir has been active since the 1930s, appearing on practically every major label. In 2015, the choir signed a long-term partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. Their first joint project was a hugely successful Christmas CD, Merry Christmas from Vienna. Their next recording, Strauss For Ever,  will be released on October 5th.

Oliver Stech  became choirmaster of the Vienna Boys Choir in January of 2011. He has led the choir on tours of Europe, Asia, South America, and the USA, and prepares the boys for the sung services at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel. In addition, he trains the boys for productions at the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, and for performances of large symphonic and choral works. In this capacity, he has collaborated with conductors such as Christian Aming, Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, and Franz Welser-Möst. He also leads the boys in appearances on radio and television, sound recordings and film shoots, which are part of the choir’s routine. Mr. Stech conducted the boys on the set of two of Curt Faudon’s films, in Palestine, Italy, and Austria. Mr. Stech is a singer and former chorus member himself, and started conducting while still a student. In 2010, he became a lecturer at the University of Music in Vienna, his alma mater.
Dates and locations in Colorado:
06 Nov 18
7pm
Grand Junction, CO Avalon Theatre VBC in Grand Junction CO
08 Nov 18
7:30pm
Loveland, CO
Rialto Theater
09 Nov 18
7pm
Colorado Springs, CO Shockley-Zalabek Theater VBC in Colorado Springs CO
11 Nov 18
2:30pm
Denver, CO
Boettcher Concert Hall
VBC in Denver CO
For more information and more locations throughout the US click here.

Looking for Business/ Data Analyst position

MARCO BERLINGER, an Austrian business student currently studying at the Bowling Green State University in Ohio would like to find a position here in Colorado after graduating. His dream job would be Business/Data Analyst. You can find his information on www.linkedin.com/in/marco-berlinger-llboec – please reach out to him if you know of a position that might be suitable.

 

 

Autism Climbs

Guest Blog from Ilse Wagner*

 

Being an expat is both fun and challenge, and starting a family abroad adds a whole new dimension to the experience. Attitudes towards parenting and education can be different coming from another country. Plus when two of my three kids were diagnosed with autism, those differences became even more apparent. Friends and family in Austria are still not convinced that autism is even a thing, and the Americans in our lives may wonder what the hold up is in regards to medication and behavioral interventions.

Between those two extremes, I did discover common ground and opportunities here in Colorado that we might not have back home. The common ground is that we all love our kids regardless of labels and that our time together is precious. Among the opportunities here in Colorado I have to list a thriving community of families who embrace autism, a wide variety of non-profit initiatives and progressive special needs educators in our neighborhood public school. (Getting to be part of Boulder Valley School District was dumb luck; our experience might be quite different in other US cities).

Still, we all need to figure out what works for us, and can’t blindly follow experts’ advice. I feel that kids in general can’t ever get too much physical exercise, and those who struggle with body awareness and motor coordination need it even more. While every activity is beneficial, rock climbing stands out. Kids who climb in a gym can do so safely and without any peer pressure, at their own pace and skill level. Climbing challenges both body and mind, and it stimulates exactly those neural systems that kids with autism often struggle with: balance, body perception, and hand-eye coordination.

In an effort to bring out the best of all these factors, my husband, a friend and I started a non-profit called Autism Climbs, dedicated to empowering those affected by autism through rock climbing activities. The community support we receive is incredible, climbing gyms welcome us and dedicated climbers are willing to volunteer at our events. Participants truly appreciate us and the community we foster.

We now offer a variety of programs, our most popular being a monthly FUNdamental Family Climb, a free event where we invite families to bring all their kids, including siblings and friends, and have fun being active together. We also take small groups climbing outdoors, do 1:1 or small group private lessons for kids with autism and their siblings, and starting this fall a Parents’ Night Out, where we offer to climb with the kids while the parents can go on a rare date. Apart from these family services we do staff trainings in climbing gyms, helping them better understand the needs of climbers with autism and integrating them in group lessons and camps.

Autism Climbs is a registered 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Other ways to work with us include sponsoring a specific event or program, or simply volunteering at our events – it’s a lot of fun!

If you would like to participate, volunteer, donate or learn more about us and our upcoming events, please visit our website: autismclimbs.org

Explore. Bond. Climb!

Ilse Wagner (“Yisha”)
Co-founder, president
Autism Climbs
501(3)(c), FEIN: 47-4680885
autismclimbs.org

*This is a guest blog provided by Ilse Wagner. The Austrian Honorary Consulate in Denver can not endorse this nonprofit specifically.