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Opera Cowgirls Return to WTAMU in Canyon on Thursday Night, 9/22

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What do you get if the "grand opera meets the Grand Ole Opry?" Well, you can find out on Thursday, Sept. 22nd in Canyon, Texas. The Opera Cowgirls return for a live performance on campus at WTAMU.

This week, HPPR welcomed Sarah Beckham-Turner, Assistant Professor of Music at West Texas A&M University, into the High Plains Morning studio for a little "howdy-do" and insight about her band, Opera Cowgirls. They're performing on Thursday night on campus at WT, so get your cowboy boots and ball gowns ready to go. We talked about the band's origin, her captivating bandmates, and how to fuse traditional opera with classic county & Western music.

Click the link at the top of this page for our full interview. For details on tickets, see the info below. Happy trails, y'all!

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT (from Chip Chandler, WTAMU): A mashup of old-school classics and new-world twang will entertain audiences at the first event of the season for a special spotlight series at West Texas A&M University.

The Arts at WT: A Subscription Series will kick off with “An Evening with the Opera Cowgirls,” a concert event and cocktail buffet.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the Alumni Banquet Dining Hall on the WT campus in Canyon.

Admission is free for The Arts at WT members or a suggested minimum donation of $50 each for nonmembers.

RSVPs from The Arts at WT members are requested by Sept. 15; nonmembers can donate at wtamu.edu/wt-opera. Call 806-651-2777 or email thearts@wtamu.edu.

The Opera Cowgirls quintet—which features Sarah Beckham-Turner, WT assistant professor of music—bills itself as the intersection of grand opera and the Grand Ole Opry.

Members also include Caitlin McKechney, Mila Henry, Maria Maxfield and Jessica Sandidge. Each performs traditional country-music instruments such as mandolins and guitars while singing a mixture of opera arias and western songs.

Katy Moore, a WT alumna and Amarillo Symphony associate concertmaster, will perform as well.

“We are all professional opera singers and musicians who also happen to love country music,” Beckham-Turner said. “We create our own versions of opera and country classics using our unique instrumentation. From the swankiest of parties to the grungiest of bars, Opera Cowgirls are sure to entertain.”

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.