Stephen Johnson

Open Range and High Plains Saturday Night Host

As the host of "Open Range" Steve Johnson brings a lifetime of hearing and performing a wide variety of music to this unique program. Growing up in a home where everything from opera to Bill Evans and the Beatles were heard and embraced, he studied piano in college where he became passionate about free-form radio where you might hear everything from punk rock to classic country or jazz in the course of a few hours."Open Range" is your invitation to an hour of radio unleashed- presented with heart and humor. All you need for this adventure is an open mind and open ears.

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This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we're taking a little trip! First, we visit the American West with Aaron Copland's "Rodeo." Then, we're off to the UK for Ralph Vaughn Williams's "Lark Ascending." Finally, we drop by France with Gabriel Faure's "Pavane." Plus, ASO's Music Director/Conductor Jacomo Bairos talks about the upcoming 2017-18 symphony season.

Beethoven loved being close to nature, and often left Vienna to work in the country. These rural sabbaticals inspired Beethoven's only programmatic work: Symphony No. 6, also known as the "Pastorale." We'll hear this monumental work this week on Amarillo Symphony Presents.

Did you know that in addition to performing the standard classical repertoire, the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra also showcases emerging contemporary composers? Through West Texas A&M's Composer's Initiative and other commissions, listeners across the High Plains have access to new, original classical music. This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we'll enjoy works from several of these musical visionaries. So show your regional pride, and tune in for this special program!

   

It's the end of Summer, and we're taking a mini-musical vacation this week on Amarillo Symphony Presents. Tune in for a few Broadway blockbusters, and then spend some time getting to know the innovative and talented group, Project Trio—including the "Scatter" Concerto by Adam Schoenberg, developed for Project Trio and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra.   

We're fiddling around this week on Amarillo Symphony Presents. It's an exciting program featuring violin virtuosi Ilana Setapen, Espen Lilleslatten, and Michelle Skinner.

Tune in Thursday at 7pm  for music from J.S.Bach, Ernest Chausson, and Camille Saint-Saëns. 

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we bring you music by "The Mighty Masters."

First, we'll feature Johannes Brahms with his "Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn," conducted by Jacomo Bairos. Next, Stilian Kirov takes the podium for Beethoven"s monumental "5th Symphony." 

In 1949, as he lay on his deathbed, Richard Strauss said to his daughter-in-law, "It's a funny thing, Alice...dying is exactly as I composed it in 'Tod und Verklarung.'"

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we'll hear two monumental tone poems by Strauss: "Death and Transfiguration" and "Don Juan." 

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, tune in for symphonic masterpieces based on timeless stories from other lands.

First, lose yourself in the "Danse Bacchanale" from the final act of Camille Saint-Saëns’s grand opera, Samson & Delilah. It’s based on the Old Testament's Book of Judges. (Lawrence Loh, conductor.)

"Open Range" this week features two great Ry Cooder-produced cuts: Buena Vista Social Club's "Chan Chan" and "I'll Be Rested" from the great Mavis Staples. Also, new music from Johnnie Lang and London Grammar. As an added bonus, local poet Ms. G. Dunbar will be reading from her work.

This week I'll be hosting "Open Range" live with Cindee Talley as part of our Summer Mini-Drive. I can't give you a playlist this time, beacuse Cindee and I  rather enjoy surprising each other! One of the reasons I love doing this show is that it not only allows, but welcomes surprises. 

Mix your Margaritas and hang the hammocks! We're escaping these long, hot days with a little cool down retreat on "Open Range." We'll be joined by Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr....and even Robert Mitchum! The B52's convey the horrors of "Party Gone Out of Bounds," and we'll join Peruvian Princess Yma Sumac on "Huachina(Enchanted Lake)" and the Buena Vista Social Club promises a visit! Saturday 3pm CT repeated at Midnight.

It's Memorial Day Weekend and there's an abundance of wonderful music to celebrate with on Open Range. We'll be hearing from Savage Garden, Joni Mitchell, Flobots, Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet, Bette Midler and a slew of others. Also, we thank the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces with songs from Trace Adkins and Michael Feinstein. See you Saturday! 3pm CT repeated at Midnight.

There's an hour's worth of righteous records lined up for "Open Range" this Saturday. In addition to Eartha and Eminem, we'll hear from the Church, Sheryl Crow, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, Ben Taylor and others... Rod Stewart begins the show with a cut from his brand-new Capitol CD, "Time." Saturday 3pm CT repeated at Midnight.

Hi, Friends...While preparing this week's program I encountered a couple of CD's well worth checking out...With his brand new release on Rounder Records, Tom Jones reinvents himself completely as he confronts the "Spirit in the Room." Jones covers Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Bob Dylan and others as if every word were etched on his soul and each  note on this disc is right as rain.  Next is  an older (1996 ) Nonesuch Records release,  in which  jazz pianist Fred Hersch presents a dazzling collection of Billy Strayhorn tunes titled "Passion Flower-Fred Hersch Plays Billy Strayhorn" that range from