Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Judith Kurnick

A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.

We'll hear operatic music by Carlisle Floyd, Michael Nyman, Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Jake Heggie, and John Harbison

Composer John Harbison shares this about his opera The Great Gatsby:

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Violinist Caroline Goulding is an up and coming artist - one you might have heard recently in Indianapolis, or on Performance Today or From the Top. Her latest recording is with Danae Dörken featuring music by Dvorak, Schumann, and Enescu.

Lacy Clare

eighth blackbird is a sextet based in Chicago, composed of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello. The group derived its name from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens' poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird:

I know noble accents

And lucid, inescapable rhythms;

But I know, too,

That the blackbird is involved

In what I know.

2016 marks 20 years for the ensemble, and we’ll celebrate by talking with founding member, cellist Nicholas Photinos and hear some of their stellar recordings on What’s New!

What's New 8/28 Preview

Aug 26, 2016
Saverio Truglia

A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.

This week we'll celebrate 20 years of new music with Eighth Blackbird! Nicholas Photinos sat down with host John Clare in the Chicago offices and studio of Eighth Blackbird.

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The Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival is Lafayette’s last summer festival of the year. There is "cool jazz, smoking hot blues, and the smell of barbecue" as festival goers meet at the Historic Fifth Street Market District.

UJBF was established in 2005, and has become one of the premier music festivals in Indiana. It incorporates local, regional and national touring acts - literally setting the stage for a unique community gathering. Local brews and eateries add to the "evening’s hip, upscale vibe."

Purdue

After a Purdue University and  Wabash College football game with a 44-0 score in 1891 a sports writer for the Daily Argus headlined wrote in a headline, "Wabash Snowed Completely Under by the Burly Boiler Makers from Purdue."

By the next football season, the name had stuck. Ever since, Purdue's teams have been known as the Boilermakers, and the school's mascot is now the Boilermaker Special, a vehicle outfitted to look like the 19th century steam engines that Boilermakers built throughout the country.

  Author Hisham Matar, known widely for In the Country of Men, has released a biographical account of his journey that inspired his first novel. As he searched for information about his missing father from the Gaddafi regime, he returns to his childhood home in Libya. Beautifully written and brutally honest, Matar brings the controversy of the Libyan dictatorship to the forefront. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

What's New 8/21 Preview

Aug 17, 2016

A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.

Courtesy of St. Mary's

This weekend marks 150 years of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Lafayette. Celebrations have been taking place, and activities will culminate this Sunday with a family day that includes mass, brunch, and a viewing of a new documentary about the history of St. Mary's.

WBAA's John Clare spoke with Rev. Jeff Martin, pastor at St. Mary's, and architect/documentarian Matthew Pauly about the history of the cathedral.

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