HPPR Arts

Literature
8:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Find love and danger in Garden City, Kansas

Credit Simone Beaudelair

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. 

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Living Room Concert
11:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Bettman and Halpin tour the High Plains

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.

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Living Room Concert
10:36 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Interview with Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin

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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Amarillo Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museuem
8:00 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Master artists pass the brush to the next generation

Edgar Sotelo teaching students
AQHA

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.

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Living Room Concert
10:42 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Jon Brooks returns to Amarillo on Saturday, October 25

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

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Amarillo Symphony
9:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Triumph: A concert celebrating 90 years of the Amarillo Symphony

Garrick Ohlsson performs.
Credit Opus 3 Artists

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.

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Living Room Concert
7:36 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham return to Garden City!

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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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

’Into the Sun’ tour has shining final performance

Folly Theatre, Kansas City
Credit aarondougherty.wordpress.com

“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

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Living Room Concert
10:17 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Dana Hubbard at The Fibonacci on Saturday, September 20

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!

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Live Event Recap
2:19 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Friends of Fogelberg V: What a night!

anderson flesher key

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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Survivor Show
11:05 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Friends of Fogelberg: How it started

Rehearsal Night
friendsoffogelberg.com

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.

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7:11 am
Mon September 1, 2014

American Fusion: Bringing fine arts from Juilliard to the flatlands

Lead in text: 
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.
Former Kansan assembles like-minded group at Juilliard to bring something new back to the Midwest. Group will perform in Lawrence and Kansas City this week.
American Fusion Project
6:48 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Into the Sun: Richard Ross

Richard Ross
Credit arts-fi.com

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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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Into the Sun: Kyle Weiler

Kyle
Jiyang Chen

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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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Into the Sun: Colin Stokes

Colin Stokes
Jiyang Chen

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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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Into the Sun: Jake Alan Nelson

Jake Alan Nelson
Jiyang Chen

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.”

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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Into the Sun: Cleo Person

Cleo dancing on the beach at home in San Diego
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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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Into the Sun: Taylor Hansen-Johnson

Taylor Hansen-Johnson
Jiyang Chen

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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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Into the Sun: Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina
Credit Jiyang Chen

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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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Into the Sun: Jiyang Chen

Jiyang Chen
Jiyang Chen

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.

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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Into the Sun: Maria Im

Maria's selfie; Sheep's Meadow, Central Park
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. 

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American Fusion Project
8:00 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Into the Sun: Local artist brings New York to Kansas

Ironing out details at Garden City High School with Memphis.
Credit 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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art about farming
6:11 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Real farm life, at the intersection of arts and agriculture

Photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz rode horseback to take this photo of a woman herding cattle in southern Iowa.
Credit Courtesy Marji Guyler-Alaniz/FarmHer

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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Amarillo Symphony
8:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Eight young musicians win private music instruction

Credit amarillocollege.info

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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Concert Review
4:36 am
Mon July 21, 2014

hONEyhoUSe delivers great performance on July 18

honeyhouse @ the fibonacci on 7/18/14
Credit kristy fuller

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

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Concert Review
8:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show delivers in Amarillo

Credit crackerfarm

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

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HPPR Arts
8:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Once upon a time when rain followed the plow

Author and UNL geography professor, David Wishart
Credit dailynebraskan.com

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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Literature
8:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Summer reading inspired by the High Plains

Credit tpwd.state.tx.us

From northwestern Kansas to the Texas Panhandle, the High Plains inspire the imagination of two authors.

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Classical Music
6:43 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Symphony to "step out of the box" for concert "Reimaginings"

The Project Trio

In what may be called the apex of the symphony's vision to rejuvenate the traditional symphonic experience, the Amarillo Symphony's "Reimaginings" this weekend presents a concert full of reconception.

Project Trio, comprised of a string bass, cello and flute, joins the symphony, adding an eclectic flavor of musical styles to the concert.

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In Studio
6:27 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Project Trio visits HPPR studio in advance of Amarillo Symphony appearance

Brooklyn-based Project Trio will be performing with the Amarillo Symphony this Friday and Saturday night at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

They stopped by HPPR studios on Thursday for a quick interview and performance. You can hear the interview and 2 performances above- the first piece is the trio's arrangement of Charles Mingus' Fables of Faubus, and the second is one of their own compositions entitled Raga Raja.

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