Steamboat briefs: Library of Congress senior musicologist reveals stories |

Steamboat briefs: Library of Congress senior musicologist reveals stories

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Strings Music Festival present a free musical talk with composer, conductor and Library of Congress senior musicologist Loras Schissel at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27 in Library Hall. Schissel will talk about orchestrating, musicology and music legend John Philip Sousa.

Schissel has traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, conducting orchestras, bands and choral ensembles in a broad range of musical styles and varied programs. He has served as conductor of the Blossom Festival Band since 1998 and regularly conducts the Blossom Festival Orchestra. He led The Cleveland Orchestra’s free concert on Public Square in 2009 and led the special 9/11 10th anniversary concert.

In 2008, Schissel made his debut with “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Band, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. He has just completed his 20th season as founding music director of the Arlington-based Virginia Grand Military Band, an ensemble comprising current and former members of the four major U.S. service bands. In 2005, Schissel was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

As a composer and orchestrator, Schissel has created an extensive catalog of more than 500 works for orchestra, symphonic wind band and jazz ensemble. Schissel and John Philip Sousa IV, great-grandson of the composer, recently co-authored a book titled “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Schissel is currently writing a study of the famed impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Visit for more information.

Oscar-nominated WWII film to screen at Chief Theater

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s free foreign film series continues with “1944,” an Academy Award-nominated drama directed by Elmo Nüganen, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at the Chief Theater.

Estonia’s official Oscar submission and a mega-hit on home turf, “1944” centers on the bloodiest battle on World War II’s Eastern Front. Estonian soldiers find themselves torn between two mighty powers, with some heading toward the Red Army and others finding themselves pledging allegiance to the Waffen SS.

Each has their own reasons for choosing their sides. Some believe in a better future for their beloved Estonia, while others are simply trying to survive a war. But the stage is set for a conflict in which countryman battling countryman and brother fighting brother becomes a painful inevitability.

“1944” is a thrilling and emotional war story that shows the hopes, aims and drama of the Estonian men caught between two forces.

The 100-minute film screens in Polish and German with English subtitles. Visit for more information.

Tread of Pioneers Museum announces new exhibit

Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs announces the opening of its newest exhibit: “Staking Their Claim: Pioneer Settlement in the Yampa Valley.”

Through pioneer stories, recollections, and historic photographs, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s newest exhibit tells the story of pioneer settlements in the Yampa Valley. The exhibit features sound clips from oral history interviews with early settlers, film segments detailing the rules of the Homestead Act of 1862 and fascinating pioneer artifacts from the museum’s collection. The exhibit pieces together the stories of the hardship and success of making a home and a living in one of the last regions settled in the rugged Rocky Mountain West. Discover the stories of isolation, dangers, opportunity and freedom.

The exhibit explores the following.

  • What did it take to be a homesteader?
  • What were the requirements of the Homestead Act of 1862?
  • Who were the first to come and where did they come from?
  • What was life like for the first settlers, and why did they make the journey west?
  • How did the railroad impact the settlement of the region?

The exhibit is on display through May 2018.

Variety of crisis support lines available 24/7

A variety of crisis support lines are available 24 hours per day to connect local residents dealing with a personal mental health or other type of crisis with trained professionals or volunteers who can provide support.

They include the following.

  • Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS) 24-hour crisis line: 970-846-8182.
  • Advocates Building Peaceful Communities 24-hour crisis line: 970-879-8888.
  • Mind Springs Health 24-hour crisis line: 888-207-4004.
  • Colorado’s mental health crisis line: 844-493-8255.

In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Routt United Way launches new network

Routt County United Way has announced the start of its new volunteer network, Get Involved Routt County.

This innovative resource will serve as a one-stop interactive hub for both volunteers and nonprofits. Volunteers can easily access volunteer opportunities from various organizations in Routt County by visiting and completing a short profile.

According to United Way officials, Get Involved Routt County is a game-changer for the community’s volunteer network, making it easier for nonprofits to fill their needs and for active citizens to get involved and give back to their community.

Visit for more information.

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