Micah Schweizer

Cultural Affairs and Production Director

Phone: 307-766-3587
Email: mschweiz@uwyo.edu

Micah Schweizer oversees arts and culture coverage for Wyoming Public Radio, including the podcasts HumaNature and The Modern West. He’s had a taste of various cultures growing up in Switzerland, studying in France, and living in six states in the U.S. Before moving to Wyoming, he worked as an award-winning public radio reporter, producer, and host at WNIN-FM in southern Indiana. Micah got his start in radio at Wisconsin Public Radio and has contributed to networks including NPR and the BBC. During the 2008 presidential primaries, he was a recurring guest on WNYC’s The Takeaway. He received his B.A. in French and German at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Before working in radio, Micah was a public school teacher. He lives in Laramie with his wife and four rescued cats. In his free time, Micah can be found playing music on electric bass and Irish tin whistle.

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As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years, a photographer says Yellowstone National Park is succeeding at preserving its wild landscape.

Bradley Boner spent three summers in Yellowstone re-photographing more than a hundred photos taken in 1871. The original shots are from a survey expedition to what would become Yellowstone National Park. And Boner says nearly a century and a half later, the landscape remains remarkably intact.

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This summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates 10 years with music director and conductor Donald Runnicles. As he tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the festival features a lineup of rising young stars as guest soloists with the orchestra.

Wyoming Public Radio’s first broadcast of the Festival Orchestra is tonight, immediately following coverage of the Republican National Convention.

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The annual Art Fair Jackson Hole is expanding as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. For the first time, the Art Association of Jackson Hole has contracted with an event planner to organize the fair. Erika Bossi’s goal is to broaden the fair’s audience.

“We’re making it more of an event this summer, so that we’re any number of different people to the art fair,” she said.

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For many Americans, summer means road trips. So Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer checked in with a couple of touring musicians for some pro-tips you can use the next time you hit the open road.

“This is what the living room looks like when you get back from a weekend on the road.” Sharon Martinson points to a pile of banjos stacked in her living room. “I have six now…” Martinson performs as The Littlest Birds.

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The Wyoming Independent Music Initiative will feature nine Laramie bands in a free concert Saturday, June 25. WIMI is a broad initiative by the Wyoming Arts Council to grow the state’s live music scene.

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A new mural is being painted in downtown Gillette this week. It will replace a deteriorating older mural.

A mustachioed cowboy painted by Gillette mural artist Harvey Jackson in 1999 is fading and cracking. It will be replaced with a collaborative piece. AVA Community Art Center is bringing in Denver artist Partick McGirr—a Gillette native—to help 15 to 20 kids create a new collage mural. Sarah Ferguson is on AVA’s board of directors. She says the new mural is about community pride expressed through the kids’ art.

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Ernest Hemingway is almost as famous for places he lived and visited—like Paris and Spain—as he is for his writing. Now, an article in Big Sky Magazine reveals Hemingway’s Wyoming connections. The article’s author, Darla Worden, became a Hemingway fan while attending high school in Sheridan. As she told Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the Sheridan area has its own Hemingway connection.

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A celebrated concert pianist will offer a public performance at Casper College on Friday. He’s the featured artist at this year’s Wyoming Music Teachers Association conference.

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The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of its conductor. William Intriligator will remain the orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor through 2022. Intriligator is currently in his eighth season with the orchestra. His current contract was set to expire next year.

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A provocative collection of digitally altered historical photographs has a closing reception in Pinedale this weekend. Artists Colleen Friday and Adrienne Vetter create digitally altered historical images inspired by their own upbringings.

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A cross-border collaboration brings together two dance companies—one contemporary, the other classical. Ballet Wyoming is teaming up with Colorado’s Davis Contemporary Dance Company to present a mix of classical and modern dance.

Kathy Vreeland is the founder and director of Ballet Wyoming, the state’s only full-time dance company. “I would like to expand the opportunity for both our companies to show dance in Wyoming as it’s never been seen before,” she says.

The final University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra concert of the season puts the saxophone on center stage. UW professor Scott Turpen will perform John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto Thursday, May 5.

“It challenges me in ways I’ve never been challenged as a saxophonist, yet it isn’t extremely high, it doesn’t use a bunch of honks and peeps and snorts, which sometimes you hear in some contemporary classical music. It’s just the sound of the saxophone, but it’s music like I’ve never studied before,” says Turpen.

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra has suspended the contract of a world-renowned French horn player in response to allegations of sexual harassment.

Eric Ruske is teaches horn at Boston University. He was scheduled to perform as a soloist with the Wyoming Symphony this weekend.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston, two former students say Ruske used inappropriate language with them and requested they send pictures to him. The plaintiffs also say Boston University failed to take action to stop Ruske’s harassment.

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This week’s University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra concert features a homecoming. Matthew Inkster grew up in Laramie and attended the University of Wyoming, where he played trumpet in the UW Symphony. On Thursday, he’ll be guest conducting the orchestra.

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The Grand Teton Music Festival has long been a major event for classical music in the summer. Now, the festival is expanding with its inaugural Winter Music event, which runs March 15-18 in Jackson Hole. As GTMF executive director Andrew Todd explains to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, this month’s mini-festival is about two larger goals.

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The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s Music on the Move series brings The Wiyos to Casper this week. The Brooklyn-based band mixes original songwriting with vaudevillian ragtime blues, hillbilly swing, and old-time country. On Thursday, February 18 they’ll play school concerts and offer a performance workshop open to high school and college students. Their public concert is Friday, February 19 at the Wolcott Galleria.

Art collector Jordan Schnitzer bought his first painting as a teenager. Since then, he’s amassed one of the largest private collections in the country: 9000 prints by contemporary artists.

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Laramie artist Tara Pappas is well known for colorful, whimsical art that looks like it’s lifted from the pages of a story book or fairy tale. The public has an opportunity to learn her style and techniques at a painting workshop in Laramie on February 19. Pappas is also an elementary school art teacher, and as she tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, it was her students who inspired her to get back to work as a studio artist.

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The Wyoming Arts Council is launching several new programs to grow the state’s independent music scene.

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There’s a dramatic backstory to the next University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra concert.

“If you think about it, what a composer is feeling, what a composer is thinking, can often have a profound influence on what the music sounds like,” says symphony director Michael Griffith.

In 1937, that was very much the case for Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, as Griffith explains to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

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