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The 4th Annual WYOmericana Caravan

May 5, 2016
Anna Rader

The WYOmericana Caravan pulled into Wyoming Public Radio on May 5th to kick off their fourth summer of touring across Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Utah. 

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Alfredo Muro, Steve Mullins, And Rod Garnett recorded live on 5/04/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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.

Denver Bluegrass Band Masontown On Morning Music

May 2, 2016
Masontown

Masontown recorded live on 5/02/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Alternative Folk Musician Eliza Rickman On Morning Music

Apr 29, 2016

Eliza Rickman recorded live on 4/29/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

The sounds of Brazil are coming to the University of Wyoming. Sunday’s concert will feature Brazilian violist Glêsse Collet with UW professor of piano Theresa Bogard.

Collet says the unique Brazilian classical music style began in the 1800s. "The Portuguese king, he had to leave Portugal and live in Brazil for a long time," explains Collet. "And with him they brought composers, they brought teachers for music and very fast, they mixed. Portuguese mixed with the slaves, with the Indians and then we had this very rich time in Brazil."

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The dream of an interactive children’s museum in Cheyenne is one step closer to reality. The Wyoming Humanities Council is investing $25,000 towards a stage and theatre in the new museum. The 300-400 seat venue will be a flexible space that can host events for all ages.

Museum President Amy Surdam says the idea for an interactive museum came from taking her own kids to a children’s museum in Bloomington, Indiana. The interactive exhibits sparked her children’s interest in learning and got Surdam wondering about a similar museum in Cheyenne.

Studio Sessions: Whippoorwill

Apr 20, 2016
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Encampment, Wyoming-based Americana duo Whippoorwill (Staci Foster and Alysia Kraft--best known as the front woman for The Patti Fiasco) weave together banjo, harmonica, guitar, and harmonies to create tough but pretty songs.

Their independently released debut consists of six stick-to-your-heart songs. Here's one, shot on stage at Laramie's Gryphon Theatre.

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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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Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they were moving forward with de-listing Yellowstone area grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List. The news raised the hackles of many wildlife advocates. 

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So-called Historical Mystery Writer Erik Larson is coming to the University of Wyoming this month. UW libraries will host Larson April 20th at 1:30 p.m. in the College of Education auditorium and that evening, UW libraries will host a dinner with Larson.

Casper College

A new musical premieres this month at Casper College. “Mulberry” is set in the late 1990s, and focuses on the patriarch of a family in a small town in Wisconsin. James Olm is a voice and musical theatre instructor at Casper College, and is the writer and composer of the musical.

He tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard that the inspiration to write the show actually came from a difficult time in his own life.

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Prominent Laramie residents will have the opportunity to present their personal and professional passions at the third annual Ignite Laramie event Wednesday evening. The event will feature multi-media talks around the theme of “cross-pollination,” as well as music from Laramie’s 2016 Singer Songwriter contest winners.

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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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A statue cast in Wyoming is heading to Washington D.C. Eagle Bronze Foundry and Gallery in Lander will have a sculpture on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

A documentary produced in Jackson is set to premiere on public television stations around the country this spring. "Far Afield" stars naturalist Bert Raynes, a longtime Jackson Hole News & Guide columnist.

The film follows the life of Raynes as he discovers his two great loves – nature and his wife, Meg. Together they founded the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund.

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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.

Laramie Based Band Dauphin On Morning Music

Mar 4, 2016
Anna Rader

Country band Dauphin recorded live on 3/03/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Mark Jenkins

This week, National Geographic adventure writer Mark Jenkins embarks on what he calls his World-to-Wyoming Tour. Every year, he visits the state’s community colleges and talks about his latest expedition. This year he says he’ll tell a bittersweet story about twice failing to climb the highest peak in Burma. But he says, he won’t just be telling stories.

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The 31st annual Casper College Humanities Festival this week features author Jennifer Teege as its keynote speaker. Teege is a German-Nigerian woman who was adopted as a small child, and like many adopted children, she had questions about her biological family’s past.

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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.

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Dan Hicks, musician singer and songwriter, died Saturday February 6, 2016 in Mill Valley after a long battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Hicks emerged in the San Francisco folk scene in the late ‘50’s and in 1965 became the drummer for the Charlatans, an early folk rock band. Two years later, he formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the group with which he was best known.

Cory Richards

In the 1980’s, Laramie native and National Geographic adventure writer Mark Jenkins came upon an old book called Burma’s Icy Mountains. It was written in the 50’s by an eccentric British explorer, Frank Kingdon Ward. Jenkins was hooked, especially when he learned that no one knew for sure which mountain was the highest peak in Burma: Gamlang Razi was officially measured at 19,259 feet in 2013, but as for neighboring Hkakabo Razi, no one had ever stood on top and gotten a GPS reading. Some said it was higher, some lower.

Aaron Schrank

Director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “The Hateful Eight,” is set in a Wyoming blizzard, sometime after the Civil War. But the movie wasn’t shot here.

Tarantino’s production team did consider filming in Wyoming, though. Rick Young is the director of the Fort Caspar Museum, which includes an 1860’s era fort.

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.

Some of Wyoming’s best artists will be recognized this week at the 2016 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition and Sale. Four works receiving the Purchase Awards join a growing collection of art in the state’s public buildings. This year’s Purchase Awards go to Jackson artists Martin Hagen and Valerie Seaberg and Laramie artists Dan Hayward and Joy Keown. A painting by Cheyenne’s Rachel Ondrak received the Governor’s Choice Award.

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Several recent movies have been set in Wyoming. Now, the state stars in a video game, too.

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Wyoming basketball legend Kenny Sailors died last week at the age of 95. He was widely credited with creating and developing the modern day jump shot and was the first to use it as a pro basketball player. But what should not be missed is that he was one of the great players of his time. Sailors led the Wyoming Cowboys to the national title in 1943, he was a national player of the year, a three time All-American, and one of the pioneers of the NBA. But most of his life was outside of basketball.

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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.

Watch Wyoming's Entries For NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 5, 2016
NPR Music

As you may know, NPR put out another call for undiscovered bands to enter a contest to play a Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C. A number of Wyoming musicians filmed themselves behind—and in front of—their own ‘desks’. Check out all of the entries here

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