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Kaysie Ellingson

Moonlight Musical's Sister Act

If you're a fan of the 1992 musical hit Sister Act , you might be surprised to know that none of the original musical numbers from the movie are included in the on-stage musical. However, according to production conductor, Chris Jorns, you won't be disappointed. Now showing at the Moonlight Musical Amphitheatre, Sister Act, is packed with numbers from renowned composer, Alan Menken. If his name doesn't ring a bell, think back to Disney favorites like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Hercules.....

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Lubbock Arts Alliance

The Front Row: smART Camps

Photography. Cosplay. Special effects makeup. These are all on the docket for this summer's smART Camps, put on by the Lubbock Arts Alliance in partnership with the Institute for Creative Learners. On this week's The Front Row, Project Coordinator, Heather May, shares the organization's summer initiative: engaging kids with new, empowering mediums and art forms. This summer they will host four weeks of art camps. Topics include filmmaking, acting, costume fabrication--or cosplay, special...

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TTU Pole Vaulter

Mar 28, 2011

 

Marcela Garcia talks to Texas Tech's most prolific female pole vaulter, Shade Weygandt.

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Chuck Brown On World Cafe

Feb 3, 2011

Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go music, died in 2012. A year earlier, he'd stopped by World Cafe to discuss his 50-plus-year career and his last album.

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

May 15, 2009

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz

Jan 26, 2009

On the drive from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the Manhattan studios of Piano Jazz, pianist Hod O'Brien was inspired to compose an original tune in honor of the occasion. By the time he'd arrived, he'd worked out a swinging little ditty in his head, so he kicked off this session with a tune he called "Clarion for Marian."

"His playing was wonderful," recalls host Marian McPartland. "And I really enjoyed playing on Charlie Parker ['Now's The Time'] with Hod. I thought it came off very well."

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