This month we’re bringing a special fall arts show to the airwaves, highlighting all kinds of creativity in the region.

You can hear the full episode here, or download by right-clicking this link:

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You can also head to the individual segments for full audio, and more by clicking any of the following links:

Roundtable: The Philharmonic, COPPeR, and THEATREWORKS
Exploring the Independent Music Scene
Artist Profile: Floyd Tunson
Roundtable: Curators-Directors

Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and The Big Something.




Roundtable: The Philharmonic, COPPeR, and THEATREWORKS

KRCC’s Craig Richardson sat down with Nathan Newbrough of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Christina McGrath of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, or COPPeR, and Drew Martorella of THEATREWORKS.

Listen to the edited version here:

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You can also hear the full version of the conversation here (about 29 minutes):

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The Philharmonic and THEATREWORKS are underwriters with KRCC.




Exploring the Independent Music Scene

The local, independent music scene in Southern Colorado has a lot of momentum right now. From the Haunted Windchimes’ high profile Prairie Home Companion appearance last October, to the success of the first annual Florence Americana Music Festival in August, local bands and musicians have been gaining exposure and coming together in exciting new ways. KRCC’s Jake Brownell spoke to some of the people and visited some of the places at the heart of this bourgeoning scene and has this story.

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Featured Music:

The Broken Spoke — “Burning Blue” (Colorado Springs, CO)

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We Are Not A Glum Lot — “Chandler” (Colorado Springs, CO)

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Mike Clark — “Smooth Sailing” (Colorado Springs, CO)

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Grant Sabin — “God’s House” (Colorado Springs, CO)

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Haunted Windchimes — “Waiting for a Train” (Pueblo, CO)

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The Flumps — “Severance” (Florence, CO)

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Edith Makes A Paper Chain — “Small Waltz” (Colorado Springs, CO)

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Interviewed in this piece:

Conor Bourgal — The Changing Colors, Blank Tape Records

Chuck Snow — The Lo-Fi Cowboys

The Kings of Space

Heather Browne — I Am Fuel, You Are Friends Blog




Artist Profile: Floyd Tunson

In late October, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will mount a career retrospective of the work of local artist Floyd Tunson titled Son of Pop. KRCC’s Noel Black has this profile.

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Roundtable: Curators-Directors

The visual arts community in Colorado Springs has struggled for many years to find both an aesthetic identity and a viable way to sustain itself. In this second round table for our Fall Arts edition of Western Skies, KRCC’s Noel Black speaks with three young curator-directors about these challenges: Nathalie Johnson, the new director of the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs, Daisy McConnell of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, and Brett Andrus of Modbo Gallery. Noel begins by asking about the state of the arts at their respective organizations.

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From a recent show at GOCA curtated by Daisy McConnell:

 

2 Responses to Western Skies: September 2012, “Arts”

  1. Sean says:

    Good to hear this segment and these voices. Watch for more coming from Johnson, McConnell and Andrus and their organizations. Meantime though, we have to actually support them, attend events, exchange ideas and occasionally swing a hammer to realize the arts environment we dream of. Thanks for putting this up!

  2. [...] Philharmonic featured in Western Skies 2012 September 16 by Nathan Willers Host Craig Richardson featured the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in the most recent issue of KRCC’s Western Skies program. You can listen to it here. [...]

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