Antonin Dvorak

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In the early 20th Century we started using term ‘melting pot’ more widely, even though it was used to describe America in the 1780s. That is mostly due to a play titled The Melting Pot. In it, the protagonist writes a symphony ‘expressing hope for a world in which all ethnicity has melted away.’ Years later, the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus tells the story of a dedicated but frustrated teacher who composes The American Symphony. Fast forward to 2011 and Adam Schoenberg writes American Symphony, inspired by the 2008 US election. 

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The season finale of the Purdue University orchestras is this weekend! The Purdue Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra are performing Sunday afternoon. Joining the groups is guest conductor Dan Whisler, Director of Orchestras at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, and Conductor of the New World Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Indianapolis. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Adam Bodony about the showcase.