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Pianist Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein with her new album For Lenny that includes "special friends and family tribute to the man behind the music." Lara has quite a diverse group of artists: beatboxer and Pentatonix member Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, folk/roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, baritone Thomas Hampson, and clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Downes about the new release, and how she put together the music and the musicians.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and trumpeter Mo Trout about the next performance, Holiday Brass, Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00pm at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette.

The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, November 19th, and features America’s vocal and choral traditions from colonial times to the present. On the program is music by Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, and Libby Larsen. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says it was a long time coming, to include three "Fathers' of American Music: William Billings, Edward McDowell, and Charles Ives". WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “In the American Grain” at the WBAA studios.

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"What happens when a fearless improviser, already a top virtuoso in the city that dominates the music world, trades his piano keyboard for a blank orchestral score?" It's the question Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is asking for their program, From Pen to Piano, this Sunday at Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus. WBAA's John Clare spoke to two members of the group, violinist Renée Jolles, and bassoonist Gina Cuffari about the program and touring.

Fantastic news for chamber music fans - the Emerson String Quartet has released a new recording of repertoire not in their extensive catalog: music by Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell! Lawrence Dutton and Eugene Drucker spoke with WBAA's John Clare about this Decca Gold offering.

Last month, Simone Dinnerstein released a pair of Mozart Concertos on Sony Classical. What's so rad about that? Well, for starters, it was recorded in Cuba. Mozart in Havana features Simone with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. She spoke with WBAA's John Clare about the recording.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Director of Orchestras, about the next Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra performance, Saturday, February 25 at 8 pm at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette.

Find out more about the concert here.


British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor latest release, Homage, features musical tributes. Among these are Felix Mendelssohn and Cesar Franck looking back to Bach; Busoni transcribing Bach’s monumental Chaconne; Frederic Chopin reviving the traditional Barcarolle of Venetian gondoliers; and Franz Lizst’s tribute to Italian folksong, Venezia e Napoli. Finally in the digital release only, Maurice Ravel looks to the baroque for his Tombeau de Couperin.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Grosvenor about Homage.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Suzanne Bona, flutist of the Sylvan Trio (and host of Sunday Baroque) about the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society next performance, Founder's Concert, Sunday, January 15th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.


Semyon Bychkov is Artistic Director of the Czech Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Project which encompasses recordings and concerts over the next few years. The first release is now out on Decca and features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique" paired with Romeo & Juliet Fantasy-Overture.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to the maestro about this new Decca recording.