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The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents Holiday Brass Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm in St. John's Church. Bruce Knepper and Kyle Knepper, trumpet; Jason Ausban, horn; Bill Kisinger, trombone; and Jay Gephart, tuba will play sacred and secular songs. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Margot Marlatt and Jay Gephart about the concert.

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Two opportunities to celebrate the holiday season with the Bach Chorale Singers and the Lafayette Children's Choir in sacred and secular music in this weekend at First Baptist Church. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Leann Starkey about the programs.

Decca

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.


Marco Borggreve

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with pianist Inon Barnatan about his Purdue Convos concert, Thursday night at 7:30 at Purdue's Stewart Center.

Find out more about the concert here.

WBAA Top Ten 2016

Oct 27, 2016
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WBAA Classical listeners have spoken! Here are the Top Ten listener favorites for fall 2016:

JoyceDiDonato.com

Joyce DiDonato's latest release deals with "external conflict and serenity," and "internal war and peace." A direct reaction to terrorist attacks in Paris, Joyce has brought art and healing to a 21st Century struggle. In War and Peace (Erato) will be available from November 4, 2016 and can previewed through DiDonato's facebook, instagram and twitter feeds. She's already been sharing amazing quotes from the likes of David Hyde Pierce to John Elliot Gardiner to the question: In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace? (warning: DiDonato's answer is below, marked by a spoiler alert!)

Sony Classical

Joshua Bell is a fantastic violinist and conductor. He's an "Indiana Living Legend," has received the Indiana Governor's Arts Award, and grew up in Bloomington. His most recent release is called "For the Love of Brahms" and features Brahms' Concerto for Violin and Cello, his original version of the Piano Trio No. 1, and a Benjamin Britten arrangement of Robert Schumann's Adagio from the Violin Concerto. Music Director John Clare spoke to Bell about this new Sony Classical release.


Harmonia Mundi

The latest release from Conspirare is a monumental work written by their music director Craig Hella Johnson. Considering Matthew Shepard is a concert-length composition as a musical response to the tragic death of a young gay man "who has become an American icon and a symbol for hope and empowerment."

Music Director John Clare spoke to Johnson about this new Harmonia Mundi release.

Classical Music Survey

Sep 29, 2016
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WBAA wants you...to paraphrase Uncle Sam...to vote for your favorites! Help us count down your “top ten classics” that will be played in October.  All you have to do is submit your top THREE favorite classical composers WITH the full title of the piece you most enjoy.

From http://www.ndr.de/orchester_chor/sinfonieorchester/konzerte/

In the All Music Guide to Classical Music, there is a great quote about Anton Bruckner: ‘the Vienese critic [Max] Graf once wrote that Bruckner "pondered over chords and chord associations as a medieval architect contemplated the original forms of a Gothic cathedral." ‘ I’m not sure I could sum up Bruckner Symphonies better than Max’s words.

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