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Richard Parker’s newest book, Lone Star Nation, is described as a provocative and eye-opening look at the most explosive and controversial state in America, where everything is bigger, bolder—and shaping our nation’s future in surprising ways by Amazon.

Karen Olsson reviewed the book for the New York Times

She says:

Parker’s short book caters to lighter appetites: It’s a tray of Texas nibbles. Included are a capsule history of the state; personal reminiscence and travels; policy analysis; a look at the 2014 governor’s race; and man-on-the-street (or woman-in-the-Starbucks) interviews, not to mention a list of 300 famous Texans and three pages of Texas-related quotations.

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Taos, New Mexico based Don Conoscenti stopped by our Amarillo studios while on the road to talk a little bit out his upcoming project.  Don is currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign- you can contribute to his project by visiting doncon.com.  While he was in our studio he played us a couple of tunes that will be on the new record.  He is scheduled for a Living Room Concert in Amarillo in February of 2015.  You can listen to the interview here.

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Kent Haruf, who brought to life the stories of people and town life in eastern Colorado, died at age 71 on Sunday.  His fictional town of Holt, Colorado is based on three actual towns where he grew up and is captured in his trilogy of novels “Plainsong” (1999), “Eventide” (2004), and “Benediction” (2013). 

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A historical romance series has an unusual setting—Garden City, Kansas.  Simone Beaudelair starts the series with the story of a small town pastor and a church organist.  The author dedicates the book to the people of Garden City saying it was a wonderful place to live.  High Plains Holiday is the first installment of Love on the High Plains.  Simone Beaudelair is the pseudonym for a single mom and teacher now living in Texas. 

Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin are embarking on a tour of the high plains, including stops in Western Kansas and Texas.  The tour starts in Liberal on November 5 at the Baker Arts Center, then on to Garden City for an HPPR Living Room Concert on the 6th.  They go back to Liberal for a gig at Seward Community College on the 7th, and finally Amarillo on the 8th, for a show at the Fibonacci.  Stephanie and Luke have previously performed in Amarillo at the Garage Mahal.  For more information on these shows, visit their website stephaniebettman.com.

Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin will be performing in Garden City at HPPR Studios this Thursday, in Liberal at Seward County Community College on Friday and in Amarillo at The Fibonacci on Saturday. You can hear an interview they did earlier in the week with Mike Fuller here.  Information about each of their performaces is available at stephaniebettman.com.

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Budding artists recently had the chance to learn right from the masters.  Artists of the 2014 America’s Horse in Art exhibit at the Versatility and Art Field Trip hosted by the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. 

This year, 141 middle and high school students attended sessions from Leanin’ Tree Greeting Card artist Jack Sorenson, nationally renowned artist Edgar Sotelo, and an up and coming artist, Randy Friemel of Hereford, Texas.

HPPR welcomes Jon Brooks back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, October 25!

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This weekend, the Amarillo Symphony provides more than one compelling reason for joining them for the opening of the symphony’s 90th concert season, a landmark for the organization.

The concert, “Triumph,” will feature internationally-recognized, award-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The composer wrote this concerto with large hands in mind, and Ohlsson has the reach to execute this technically challenging concerto.

HPPR welcomes Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham to Garden City for a Living Room Concert on Thursday, September 25.  This show will take place at The Education Center at Lee Richardson Zoo.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. There is a suggested donation at the door.  Tia and Tommy have played Living Room Concerts for us in the past, in both our Garden City and Amarillo studios and they have also been featured at the Tumbleweed Festival.  Anyone who has seen them previously knows what a show this will be. Don’t miss it! 

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“Into the sun” began its Kansas tour in Garden City, and finishes with a shining performance at the Folly Theatre in Kansas City.  Libby Hanssen reviewed the show for the Kansas City Star

HPPR welcomes Amarillo's own Dana Hubbard to the Fibonacci for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, September 20!  The Fibonacci, which is the home base of Chamber Music Amarillo, is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.   The doors will open at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30.  To make a reservation, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org. Those of you who have seen Dana previously, either in our Songwriter in the Round series or his performance at HPPR last year, know that this is a show not be missed!

Friends of Fogelberg V was, in my opinion, the best show of the series yet.  In the interest of transparency, I have performed in all 5 shows.  The band sounded great, the individual performers were all at their best, the string section sounded amazing.  Best of all,   we raised a significant amount of money for Prostate Cancer awareness.  During the intermission, we auctioned 3 pairs of tickets to see Paul McCartney in Lubbock next month, bringing in another $8,000 for the cause, in addition to ticket sales and donations.

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The loss of Dan Fogelberg touched the lives of many musicians.  It spurred Joe Ed Coffman to take action.  Less than a year after Fogelberg's death, Coffman had organized the first Friends of Fogelberg concert with all the proceeds going to the fight against prostate cancer.  That was 2008.  Coffman thought it would be a one-time shot, but with five concerts behind him, and over $150,000 raised, the effort continues.

The idea is expanding to Lubbock this September, with a performance by Lubbock based musicians on September 18.

Eight Juilliard artists start their Kansas tour in Garden City, Tuesday, September 2. Led by Southwest Kansas native, Kristin Doering, Into the Sun is an innovative performance of dance, drama, and music.

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Richard Ross has a passion for capturing images and theatre.  When his good friend, Jake Alan Nelson, told him that the American Fusion Project was going to document their Kansas tour, he wanted to be part of it.

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Kyle Weiler grew up in Rosemount, Minnesota, which is about 25 miles outside the Twin Cities.  He’s always loved to dance.  Imagine this, he’s five years old, he goes up to his mom and tells her he’s headed to New York City to dance, and takes off walking down the street. 

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Colin Stokes.  How do I even start to tell you who Colin Stokes is?  There are so many layers to this man, and I feel like I have scratched the surface, possibly seen through a crack of his carefully-constructed deliberateness.

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Where do you start to try and tell the story of Jake? 

You could go with the mundane.  He is a Texan.  He grew up outside Dallas.  He loves barbeque, and can’t wait to taste the Kansas version.  He found his way to the performer he is through community theatre, working the technical side in sound, scene design, and carpentry. He started classical music lessons when he was 18, went to Juilliard at 23, and now the baritone actor is 25 and moves to the next thing by simply saying, “Yes.”

Cleo Person

Cleo is the dancing astronaut, and always will be to me no matter where the rest of her life takes her.  I asked her why she wanted to be an astronaut and dance in space.  Her answer was profound.  She says the whole world would be your audience if you danced in space, and everything that separates us like battles over who owns what land, what country you live in, and what language you speak would all be eliminated.  That’s pretty profound for the youngest member of the Into the Sun crew.

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Gabriel Medina: A southern gentleman from Houston, Texas.

And more.

He’s a young composer, working on his master’s from Juilliard.  His undergraduate work was in piano performance, and something inside wasn’t settled with that.  He knew himself well enough to recognize he didn’t enjoy the spotlight, but the creative process and composing.  He took composition classes which turned out to be the road to his calling.

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Taylor Hansen-Johnson is a dancer with the American Fusion: Into the Sun project coming to Kansas.  

Thinking back on our conversation, the words that come to mind in describing Taylor are: strong- of body, mind, and spirit.  She’s worked hard to get to the level she’s at in each area.   

Body.  Taylor wanted to dance since she was three.  Her mom started her in gymnastics, but Taylor kept insisting she wanted to dance.  Her mom was a dancer working at a studio in her hometown outside Columbus, Ohio.  That’s where Taylor began to dance, and she’s been dancing ever since.

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Jiyang Chen is the poster man for still waters run deep.  You ask him questions, and his answers are thoughtful and honest; even through his reservation, he is warm. 

Jiyang lived in China until he was eight, and he’ll say that his quietness is partly due to his culture. 

Jiyang’s father came to the United States to obtain his master’s degree.  He landed in Reno, Nevada.  He worked full-time as a chef and was a full-time student.  It wasn’t easy, but he did it.  The family followed him to Nevada.

Maria Im

Maria Im is boundless energy with eyes that send messages louder than words. 

She loves sharing her music.  She says when she plays, she’s holding out her hand inviting you to come and join the experience. 

Kristen Doering

If you could cross Tinker Bell with a pit bull, you would have Kristen Doering.  The Garden City, Kansas native is a willow on a mission.  Armed with an idea to bring New York art to Kansas in an innovative way, giving the artists and the audience opportunity to create relationships and share experiences was her goal. 

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In a living room converted to a theater for the evening, Ethan Peterson and Madeleine Russell portray the characters from Mary Swander’s play, “VANG.” In it, the actors share the emotional stories of four immigrant couples who farm in Iowa. Swander used transcriptions of conversations with Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese and Dutch farmers to create the play.

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Eight young musicians have won private music lessons from the Amarillo Symphony Guild.  The Amarillo Symphony Young Artist Project is a program that provides private music instruction to gifted young musicians who would not otherwise be able to afford it. 

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Fanatical: adjective.  Filled with excessive and  single minded zeal...enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.  

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Monday’s performance by Old Crow Medicine Show at the Globe-News Center was significant for a number of reasons.  

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Once upon a time there was a myth that motivated pioneers to go west and settle the Great Plains.  Told that rain would follow the plow that they were “changing climate for the better”, these hardy souls broke up vast seas of sod working to make their farming Eden a reality. 

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