What's New

Tuesday nights at 8pm

What's New is a look at classical music today. The two hour weekly show takes an in-depth look of composers, artists, and themes. New releases, new music, and rising stars range from George Li and Augustin Hadelich to John Luther Adams and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Host John Nasukaluk Clare finds connections and shares enthusiasm for this amazing art form.

Kousaku Nakagawa

You might have the world on a string according to Harold Arlen, or the world could be your oyster, as Shakespeare wrote in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Composer Gustav Mahler said "A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything." We’ll hear symphonies that contain everything, including a wonderful new release of the Symphony of a Thousand by Gustav Mahler on today’s What’s New.

Don't miss new releases with the Dusseldorf Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, as well as Gustavo Gimeno and the Luxemborg Philharmonic.

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Jan 23, 2018
Franci Virgili

Guitarist Jiji is a young performer and composer who plays diverse styles and creates amazing sound worlds. The First Prize Winner of the 2016 CAG Victor Elmaleh International Competition, she performs Friday night in Loeb Playhouse for Purdue Convocations. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Jiji about her program and her guitar(s).

Learn more about the program here.

What's New: John Adams

Jan 17, 2018
Lambert Orkis

About sixty miles and a few hundred years separate John Adams, president, and John Adams, composer. We’ll focus on John Coolidge Adams, Pulitzer Prize winning composer from Worcester, Massachusetts. During the 2016/2017 season, Adams served as their composer in residence for the Berlin Philharmonic. The orchestra performed well-known works and new discoveries – which are now available in an exclusive edition on CD and Blu-ray.

Dr. Michael Levi

A cultural icon can be an object, place, person or symbol which members of a group or country recognize as important to them in some way. Setting an icon to music might seem impossible or incredibly simple – but one composer has taken 20th and 21st century American icons and made them his own.

We’ll hear some major icons that have been depicted in music from award winning composer Michael Daugherty on today’s What’s New.


It's a new winter and Christmas-inspired album on Decca Classics that has music for choir, piano and strings, with performances by the Choir of Royal Holloway, 12 Ensemble and composer/pianist Ola Gjeilo. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Gjeilo about Winter Songs.

Barbara Krafft

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart doesn’t need a pop song to make him cool. His music is performed around the world! We’ll hear some new releases of the Salzburg master on today’s What’s New.

Michael Daugherty

The GRAMMYS® sprouted from the Hollywood Walk of Fame: music executives wanted to create an award similar to the Oscars and the Emmys. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was born…they thought about calling their award “Eddie,” to honor the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison. They finally settled on “GRAMMY®” using the name of the invention, the gramophone, first given in 1958.

We’ll hear from a five time GRAMMY® award winner, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero on today’s What’s New.


Mexican pianist Citlalli Guevara and Bulgarian pianist Slavina Zhelezova began their musical collaboration in 2008 in Brussels. Working closely under the tutelage of Philippe Entremont and Nelson delle Vigne Fabbri, the two "immediately bonded based on their shared vision for the unique artistic potential of the music for piano duo." Their debut as GZ Piano Duo the next February at the Palm Beach International Piano Festival drew critical praise and standing ovations.

Their new release is called Midnight Conversations, and features music from Schubert to their own arrangements of tangos. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Citalli and Slavina about the new Centaur recording.


A quartet of chamber works with Music From Copland House are on a new release, Secret Alchemy, written by Pierre Jalbert. Jalbert is a professor at Rice University, and serves as one of the artistic directors of contemporary chamber ensemble Musiqa. Three world premiere recordings of Secret Alchemy, String Trio, and Crossings, joined by a new recording of his Piano Trio No. 1 are on this Copland House Blend Recording. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Pierre about this stunning release.


Troika is an all-Russian Pentatone release featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev, along with new arrangements of Russian-themed music from Paul McCartney to Pussy Riot. The cello/piano duo Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley perform a substantial and creative program based on repression of artists. WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke to Haimovitz and O'Riley about their arrangements, politics, and learning repertoire for the first time.