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Tones and Colors is a new piano album inspired by artwork. Liza Stepanova presents music by Bach, Martinu, and Gyorgy Ligeti among others. Ligeti's original idea had been to compose twelve Études, in two books of six each, ala Debussy, but the scope of his etudes of our favorites from this new collection is the Infinite Column etude that Ligeti composed. You can hear it on What's New.

WBAA's John Clare had a chance to speak with Liza Stepanova about her CAG album Tones and Colors.

Sol Hurok

The Iron Curtain, U-2 and Gary Powers, and culture all came together for pianist Byron Janis in 1960 as a United States cultural ambassador to the Soviet Union. While the US enjoyed pianist Sviatoslav Ritcher performing concerts in America, Janis performed in Moscow and Leningrad in 1960. While it has often been thought that officials and citizens were "bugged" and recorded for espionage, it came as quite a surprise that a concert had been recorded without the artist's knowledge.

Fast forward 48 years, and that historic performance by Byron Janis is now released by the artist himself. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Janis about the concert.

We're for sure you're going to love this new release! 

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.

Purdue University Galleries presents “Memory of Hope, ” with works by photographer Aïda Muluneh at the Fountain Gallery from February 27 through March 31. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Purdue Galleries Director Liz Erlewine about the new show.

A first for Purdue undergraduate students studying art and design, the Art and Design annual juried show is in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery inside Stewart Center.  The exhibit will be open February 26 through March 9. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Director of Purdue Galleries Liz Erlewine about the show.

Daniel Motta

The Delphi Opera House welcomes the return of genre bending "grassical" trio Harpeth Rising. Violinist Jordana Greenberg discusses touring, recording, and playing original music with her trio. WBAA's John Clare has this preview of their performance Friday night, February 23rd.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's guest soloists Carol Letcher, mezzo and Jackie Zhou, flute performing in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlott, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and clarinetist Kate Wright about the next performance, Connections, Sunday, February 18th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

Alisha Sims Photography

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its annual "Lollipop" concert Friday, February 9th at 7:00 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. John Clare spoke with LSO Music Director Nick Palmer about the concert, which will feature Julie Baumann from Civic Theater of Lafayette in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, February 11th, and features selections for Valentine’s Day. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says it was a pleasure to put the program together, and features not only a wide range of selections, but music for ensemble and soloists. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Afternoon Delight” in the WBAA studios.