Greg Kostraba

Content Director

February 16, 2009 marked the beginning of my second go-around at WBAA. I worked here as a Program Host/Producer from 1995 to 2001, hosting classical music, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekly 20th-century classical music series “The Kostraba Conundrum.” After a short stint as Program Director at a public radio station in Kansas, I moved with my family to Toledo to serve as Classical Music Director at WGTE-FM, staying for seven years. One of my highlights there was winning the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for "Radio Producer of the Year" for my monthly in-studio performance program “Live From FM 91” and special programs celebrating the lives and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler.

Aside from my family, my passion in life is playing the piano. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and was a semifinalist at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004. You may have heard me on Performance Today playing In a Mist by Bix Beiderbecke from the New Harmony Music Festival & School or William Grant Still’s Kaintuck’ with the Toledo Symphony. Perhaps you have seen me as soloist with the Lafayette and Purdue Symphony Orchestras, or performing chamber music on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. I have also been included on several recordings: the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on the Cambria label, two recordings of music by Rick Sowash on the composer’s own label, and a release by my horn trio Quelque Chose on Kickshaw Records. (A record by the Sylvan Trio, my ensemble with flutist and Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona and cellist Josh Aerie, should be out by the end of 2017.) My favorite gig, though, may have been playing on a weekly basis in the Rusty’s Jazz Café Big Band in Toledo with my late father, the bandleader Dan Terry, in the audience.

Ways to Connect

Rachel Barton Pine performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor with the Lafayette Symphony Saturday evening April, 27 at 7:30 at the Long Center. She talks with WBAA’s Greg Kostraba about her career, including her upcoming solo turn with the LSO. She also performs music by Brahms and Piazzolla in our studios.

See the Wait Wait Don't Tell Me Live Cinema Event, Thursday, May 2nd.

Join WBAA 30 minutes before the event for trivia and prizes! For a list of theaters, and to purchase tickets, click here

Old Crow Medicine Show is one of the musical acts featured on “A Prairie Home Companion” at Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music Saturday, October 27th. In a recent phone interview, the band’s fiddle player Ketch Secor talked to Acoustic Blend host Joe Peters about appearing on the show and their hit Wagon Wheel.

Garrison Keillor is bringing “A Prairie Home Companion” to Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music for a live broadcast Saturday, October 27th. In a recent phone interview, I had the pleasure of discussing the show’s history with Garrison, who also explains what he does each week to make it a special event.

The world is turning to London this month as the 2012 Olympics Games kick off, and on Friday, July 27th, WBAA Public Radio and American Public Media present a fabulous live broadcast from the world's largest classical music festival, the London-based BBC Proms!

APM's Fred Child hosts the two-hour program featuring the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's triumphant Symphony No. 9 in a live performance timed to end exactly one minute before the Olympic's opening celebration begins! 

The cast includes:

Trumpet player, arranger, and big-band leader Dan Terry passed away last month at the age of 87. The Lafayette resident was a throwback to a time before rock-and-roll.

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