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University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra conductor Michael Griffith has been awarded third place in a nationwide competition for his excellence in orchestral programming. The American Prize, which is awarded annually in multiple categories, was founded in 2009 and seeks to “recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States.”

 

Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2015

Dec 31, 2015
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The Best Music Of 2015

We asked listeners to vote from three lists: AAA, Americana, and Wyoming/Regional. We received an abundance of votes this year! Thanks to everyone who voted and thank you for listening to Morning Music. Here are listeners picks for the best music of 2015:

Top 20 AAA 

1. Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color

2. Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter

3. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

4. James Taylor - Before This World

5. James McMurtry - Complicated Game

Miles Bryan

  

  

Bret Colvin says founded the “Stop Islam in Gillette” Facebook group for one reason.

 

“I don’t want Jihadis in my neighborhood.”

 

Colvin is a Catholic, and an ex-Marine. His wife passed away last year, and last month he lost his job as an oil field mechanic. Now he runs a home electronics repair business out of the small Gillette house he shares with a roommate, and a few pet turtles.

 

HumaNature Broadcast Special

Dec 18, 2015
Meg Thompson

This special broadcast edition of the HumaNature podcast tells three stories of human experiences in nature.

Story 1: When a Search and Rescue Becomes a Search for Something Else

Greg Ley was deep in the Rocky Mountains, training as an outdoor guide, when his group encountered tragedy. What happened next forever changed his beliefs about the importance of humans to the wilderness.

Story 2: Finding the Way Home in a Purple Canoe

Wyoming Musicians Peter Queal And Friends On Morning Music

Dec 18, 2015
Anna Rader

 

Peter Queal and Friends live recorded live on 12/18/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Studio Sessions: Ben Markley Trio

Dec 14, 2015
Ben Markley

Happy Holidays from Wyoming Public Radio! Here’s the Ben Markley Trio performing live at our 2014 holiday open house. Composer and pianist Ben Markley teaches jazz piano at the University of Wyoming.

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Next fall, Sheridan will be one of eight cities to host the first-ever Elite Rodeo Athletes nationwide tour, which will televised as part of a multi-million dollar deal with Fox Sports. Sheridan is the only Wyoming city on the schedule.

“This event, especially once it develops a following on television, will draw in an audience way larger than just the Sheridan community,” says Sheridan WYO Rodeo board president Nick Siddle.

He says this kind of exposure not only means a wider audience for rodeo, but a boost to the Sheridan economy as well.

Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Johnson, whose main character is Sheriff Walt Longmire, said he does base his characters on family, neighbors and his friends on the Cheyenne reservation.

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Megan Falley and Olivia Gatwood make up the feminist, spoken-word duo Speak Like A Girl. They perform their poems around the country to call attention to issues like body image, rape culture, street harassment, and the patriarchy, and their next stop is Laramie, Wyoming. They’ll be performing at the University of Wyoming in the Education building’s auditorium at 8pm Wednesday night. Gatwood and Falley joined Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard to talk about using poetry to address misogyny.

You can find out more at www.speaklikeagirl.com

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As the snow piles up and people across the west begin to break out their skis and snowboards, Wyoming’s biggest ski resort is getting ready to celebrate its 50th winter season. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort now has 116 ski trails, 13 lifts, an aerial tram, and 2500 acres of terrain, but back in 1965, it saw just a handful of skiers going up on 2 chair lifts.

The resort’s Business Development Director Bill Lewkowitz joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about the resort’s past, present, and future. 

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When the chair of University of Wyoming’s music department, Theresa Bogard, interviewed for a position at the university 24 years ago, she was told the department would be getting a new building “soon”. Now, nearly a quarter of a century later, the newly renovated performing arts center is finally here. But before the renovations, conditions were bleak.

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One of the most controversial figures in the history of the American West is Ogalala chief Red Cloud. To some a brilliant warrior and politician, to others, to blame for the Ogalala’s loss of the Black Hills. Now, there’s a new biography called Red Cloud: Ogalala Legend.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards talked with research historian John McDermott about how the Ogalala ended up in Wyoming, and why giving up these lands meant the end of their way of life.

Roger & Renate Rössing, credit Deutsche Fotothek via Wikimedia Commons

 

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.

Wyoming Arts Council

A national arts education organization has selected Wyoming to be part of a three-year program to strengthen the arts in schools. Americans for the Arts has awarded grants to ten states for pilot programs to improve arts education policies.

The Wyoming Arts Council’s Michael Shay says the first step is a survey to evaluate what resources art educators have and need.

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The second annual Northwest Guitar Summit takes place this weekend in Powell. The event includes a public concert and workshops for guitar players in the community. This year, the summit is open to any guitar player of junior high age or above. Organizer Jeff Troxel will be joined by jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen and classical guitarist Michael Videon.

Kentucky Country Musician Jeremy Pinnell On Morning Music

Nov 9, 2015
Anna Rader

Jeremy David Pinnell recorded live on 11/09/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show. 

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In recent years, the meat packing industry has been adopting more humane treatment of livestock. And that’s thanks-- in no small part-- to one woman: Temple Grandin. In her many book, she talks about applying her own experiences as a person with autism to how animals view the world. The U.S. Department of Agriculture even uses a checklist developed by Grandin to enforce better treatment.

Wyoming PBS

Next Friday Wyoming PBS will air its long-awaited documentary called Dick Cheney: A Heartbeat Away. Producer Geoff O’Gara joins us and says the two-year effort putting the 90-minute program together was interesting. He admitted that it’s tough to do a documentary on someone that most people have a strong opinion about.

Dick Cheney: A Heartbeat Away will be broadcast by Wyoming PBS on Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m. and be re-broadcast at 9:30 p.m. You can learn more here.   

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Laramie author and poet Lori Howe’s new book CloudShade: Poems of the High Plains, is due out on November 18. Poems from CloudShade have been nominated for a Pushcart award, and the collection itself nominated for several first-book awards. She begins our conversation by reading one of her poems called On the Ice. 

CloudShade is available on the Sastrugi Press website or via her website.

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Washington state based fiddler Randal Bays is considered one America’s best players of Irish traditional music. He came to prominence in the 1990s, playing with celebrated Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. Since then, Bays has cemented his own reputation as a master of the style. He will be teaching and performing at the Lincoln Community Center in Laramie on Sunday, November 8: a workshop on Irish traditional music (open to all acoustic instruments) takes place at 3 p.m., followed by a public concert at 7 p.m.

Lander Art Center

Friday, November 6, the third annual Native American Art Show opens in Lander. This year, the exhibit is breaking new ground by featuring the works of contemporary performance artists alongside traditional art.

At the opening, performance artists will showcase spoken word, hip hop, music, and poetry at the Middle Fork restaurant in downtown Lander.

At the Lander Art Center gallery, artists will collaborate on a painting.

Canadian Folk Musician Winona Wilde On Morning Music

Nov 5, 2015
Winona Wilde

Winona Wilde recorded live on 11/05/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Wyoming Humanities Council

The National Endowment for the Humanities turns 50 this year. 45 years ago, Wyoming was one of the first states with its own humanities council. Shortly after creating the national organization, Congress called on the NEH to expand at the state level.

Indie Singer-Songwriter Andy Hackbarth On Morning Music

Oct 29, 2015
Anna Rader

Andy Hackbarth recorded live on 10/28/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Pixar

Wyoming’s landscape stars in a new film coming this Thanksgiving. So, the UW Geological Museum and the Wyoming Office of Tourism have teamed up with Disney Pixar to promote the movie.

Melodie Edwards

When you think of Wyoming landscape art, it's probably not of fracking sites or abandoned man camps. But two Laramie artists feel it’s time to take a hard look at all of Wyoming’s landscapes. My artist husband and I decided to camp out with painter Pat Kikut and mixed media installation artist David Jones at their desert studio, somewhere north of Wamsutter.

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Lucy Lippard writes about the role of art in society. She’s at the University of Wyoming as an Eminent Artist in Residence, and she stopped by our studios to talk with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

In her book The Lure of the Local, Lucy Lippard says everybody should take responsibility for wherever they find themselves for as long as they live there. And she says that starts with simply looking around.

Willow Belden

Word War 2 ended 70 years ago, and as more time passes, there are fewer and fewer people left who remember the era first hand. Sam Mihara is a survivor of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a Japanese Internment Camp located between Cody and Powell.

He sat down with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about how, after staying away from Wyoming for more than 40 years, he was able to come back. 

Taylor Scott

  

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Taylor Scott from Cheyenne talked with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new EP from the Taylor Scott Band - "A Closer Look, The Second Glance."

Portions of songs are edited. For full release of EP go to taylorscottmusic.com. The EP will also be available on iTunes the week of October 26.

Indie Folk Band Of Lovers On Morning Music

Oct 22, 2015
Anna Rader

Band Of Lovers recorded live on 10/22/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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