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Carrie Newcomer to present final concert in HBPA season

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HESSTON, KAN. – Carrie Newcomer will present the final concert of Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series’ 25th season at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in the newly completed sanctuary of Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main St. in Hesston.

Newcomer is an Indiana-based songwriter who has traveled the country telling stories and blending diverse musical styles for nearly two decades. Her music incorporates a variety of styles and characters to cover issues ranging from living wage, mental illness, loyalty and betrayal, immigration laws, a passion for the arts, deep abiding love, abusive relationships and the mysterious and spiritual in life.

Newcomer’s activism springs from her Quaker faith and from her belief in the power of an individual’s calling in the world. It manifests itself in the thing about which she has the most passion – her music.

Newcomer presents ideas of spirituality in her music that enlighten and delight even while they challenge traditional interpretations of theology. She’s interested in understanding that thin line that exists between the world we see and the world we can’t and would rather draw a bridge between the everyday and the divine than set up a fence between them.

An artist on the Philo/Rounder label, Newcomer has released 10 solo albums including her most recent, Regulars and Refugees (2005). She has garnered critical acclaim in recent years from the music media (Rolling Stone, USA Today, Acoustic Guitar) and by sharing the stage with performers such as Alison Krauss and Union Station, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash and Mary-Chapin Carpenter. In addition, the string band Nickel Creek covered her song “I Should’ve Known Better” on its 2003 Grammy Award-winning gold CD This Side, produced by Alison Krauss.

Newcomer will also perform in Hesston College’s chapel on Wednesday, March 28, at 11 a.m., which is free and open to the public. She will lead a songwriting workshop later that day from 2-4 p.m. in Northlawn 109 on the Hesston campus, which is open to Bethel and Hesston College students.

The concerts and workshop are supported by a grant from the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Concert tickets are $12 to $15 with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Call (620) 327-8158 or (316) 284-5205 for reservations.

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