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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.

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Bright Circle is the most recent release from pianist Beth Levin. The March 2017 Navona recording features music by Brahms, Schubert, and David Del Tredici. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Levin about the new release, new music, and inspirations on social media.

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Andre Watts entered the music scene at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to debut with the New York Philharmonic in a national broadcasted Young People's Concerts. Just two weeks later the legenary maestro asked Andre to substitute at the last minute for an ailing Glenn Gould with the Philharmonic, launching his career in storybook fashion.

Watts joins the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Sunday afternoon in Loeb Playhouse for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9. WBAA's John Clare spoke to him about the concert, about working without a conductor, and Mozart.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlott, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and pianist Greg Kostraba about the next performance, Mozart Et Al, Sunday,October 8th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

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Ensemble 4.1 performs Wednesday night for Purdue Convocations. The world's only professional "piano windtet" - features works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Avner Dorman. WBAA's John Clare spoke to clarinetist Alexander Glucksmann about their program and tour.

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Natalie Baxter's Clearly Confused runs October 3rd to November 4th at the Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette. Baxter is a soft sculptor creating “an accessible entry point to unpack political issues that have become points of division in today’s political and social landscape.” WBAA's John Clare spoke to Liz Erlewine about the new exhibit.

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The Purdue Black and Gold Bands take the stage at the Long Center this Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Douglas Fletcher about the concert.

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The Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras take the stage at the Long Center this Saturday evening at 8pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Adam Bodony about the concert.

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PostClassical Ensemble celebrates Lou Harrison with a new Naxos recording that is stellar. Harrison was born 100 years ago and it is delightful to have some fresh releases and performances. Tim Fain is the main featured soloist, in Harrison’s Violin Concerto and Grand Duo. Pianist Michael Boriskin (of Copland House) collaborates brilliantly in the gamelan-esque 1988 work with Fain.

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Alma Espanola is the latest from guitarist Sharon Isbin and soprano Isabel Leonard. "Spanish Soul" doesn't even begin to describe the beauty and depth of this new Bridge Records release! The exciting repertoire, new arrangements, and detail to phrasing are truly exquisite. WBAA's Music Director John Clare spoke to Sharon Isbin about the new recording.

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