Austria lands in Loveland
Posted Thursday, March 21, 2013
You might have thought you stumbled off a plane to Europe if you were at the Loveland High School (LHS) cafeteria Saturday, March 9; it was a facility transformed. Elegant décor abounded, the LHS orchestra performed, and the meal was prepared for an international palate.
“We wanted to put our studies to practice – make them come to life for the students,” explained Richard Ernst, LHS German teacher.
“Herr” Richard Ernst's German classes hosted the Austrian dinner at LHS, preparing a traditional Austrian feast, which included schnitzel, carrot and cucumber salads and even strudel. Students worked after school on Friday and arrived back at LHS early on Saturday to complete the task.
“Students got to see how the German culture is outside of a school environment,” said LHS Junior Luke Groene. “It made it feel a lot more realistic.”
That evening, the LHS orchestra performed traditional Austrian music by Mozart and Haydn and of course waltzes of Johann Strauss Jr., including the Emperor Waltz and the Blue Danube Waltz. The evening ended with Viennese waltzing and more dancing.
“What is a celebration without music?” said Rachel Bierkan, LHS orchestra director. “We were so excited the music students joined in the festivities; a good time was had by all.”
Photo caption (L to R): Students Joey Papa, Tony Venzin, Nolan Shumaker, Teddy Jones, and Luke Groene participate in the celebration.