Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Loosely based on historical fact, this week's feature showcases the struggle of Karl Stern, a Jewish teenager growing up in Berlin during the tumultuous 1930s.  After being bullied constantly for his family's religion, Karl seeks refuge and defense with Max Schmeling, a family friend and German boxing hero. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

www.facebook.com/PurdueUniversityGalleries/

Forest of History is an exhibition installation from Myung Gyun, You at the Fountain Gallery from August 18th to September 23rd. It features a site-specific art installation of imposing, abstract sculptures made with dyed newspapers from all over the world. Inspired by nature, the installation asks viewers to consider: their own place in the world, encouraging thought about cultural identity, nationality, and heritage, as constructs within the context of natural phenomena. John Clare spoke to Liz Erlewine, Gallery Coordinator.

martinafiljak.com

Medals have historically been given as prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze…They represent the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes! The custom of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals for the highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century.

We’ll hear from award winning pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Martina Filjak on this episode of What’s New.

Space travel has been a resounding part of fiction and science throughout the centuries. Different modes of space transportation made appearances in literature and art, with some inspiring what has allowed humans to travel to the moon and beyond. This week's feature explores the developments of space travel, both real and imagined. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Irena Jarosińska / PAP

Conductors lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music. Music directors may spend a lot of time traveling to different performances. Composers can work in offices, recording studios, or their own homes. Employment of music directors and composers is projected to grow just 3 percent over the next ten years, slower than most occupations. Despite expected audience growth, competition for posts is very high. We’ll hear from conductors who compose including Esa Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on this What’s New.

classicalmjourney

The first volume of Byron Janis on Tour celebrates the 70th anniversary of the celebrated pianist's first recording released by RCA, and is dedicated to his son Stefan. WBAA's John Clare spoke to the 89 year old Janis about the recordings.

Fantasy books for all ages aim to enchant their readers. But when a book has never been picked up, how does that make it feel? Prolific children's writer Cornelia Funke explores the emotions of an unread book in this week's feature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

David McClister

Grammy award winner Lucinda Williams performs Saturday night at Loeb Playhouse to start Purdue Convocations' new season.  WBAA's John Clare spoke to her about touring, and more.

lovingheartanimalshelter.org

John Clare talks to Kati Davis of the Loving Heart Animal Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter and adoption organization. Activities coming up this month include the BOW WOW Film Fest on Sunday, August 6th, and the 2nd Annual Sizzlin' Summer Fest on Saturday, August 19th.

boreades.com

We’re featuring some covers and popular music with classical groups on this episode. While often associated with early rock and roll music, Jukeboxes and their popularity extends back much earlier, including swing, opera, and classical music! We’ll hear popular selections from David Bowie, the Beatles, and talk with Jethro Tull flutist Ian Anderson on today’s What’s New.

Pages