Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

This week's book title seems to grab at your attention. Rightfully so, this book covers what might contribute to bad practices at work environments in the 21st century. Dr. Will Miller offer some great explanations and suggestions as to increase your wellbeing at work. The book does not seem like a lecture, but rather, a conversation about habits with the Purdue Professor. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Jamie Jung

Tones and Colors is a new piano album inspired by artwork. Liza Stepanova presents music by Bach, Martinu, and Gyorgy Ligeti among others. Ligeti's original idea had been to compose twelve Études, in two books of six each, ala Debussy, but the scope of his etudes of our favorites from this new collection is the Infinite Column etude that Ligeti composed. You can hear it on What's New.

WBAA's John Clare had a chance to speak with Liza Stepanova about her CAG album Tones and Colors.

Tickling the ivories – what a wonderful phrase to describe playing the piano! We’re amazed about how many keyboard artists are on the rise, and how many recordings are around of the great masters.

We’ll hear from piano players young and old, and music from Bach to Adams on today’s What’s New.

Sol Hurok

The Iron Curtain, U-2 and Gary Powers, and culture all came together for pianist Byron Janis in 1960 as a United States cultural ambassador to the Soviet Union. While the US enjoyed pianist Sviatoslav Ritcher performing concerts in America, Janis performed in Moscow and Leningrad in 1960. While it has often been thought that officials and citizens were "bugged" and recorded for espionage, it came as quite a surprise that a concert had been recorded without the artist's knowledge.

Fast forward 48 years, and that historic performance by Byron Janis is now released by the artist himself. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Janis about the concert.

We're for sure you're going to love this new release! 

Pianist Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein with her new album For Lenny that includes "special friends and family tribute to the man behind the music." Lara has quite a diverse group of artists: beatboxer and Pentatonix member Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, folk/roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, baritone Thomas Hampson, and clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Downes about the new release, and how she put together the music and the musicians.

Josef Karl/Greg Firlotte

People throughout the world are familiar with and treasure Ludwig van Beethoven's Nine Symphonies. We'll feature not one, but TWO new sets of Beethoven’s symphonies: Peter Stangel with the Pocket Philharmonic AND Anima Eterna with conductor Jos Van Immerseel.

This week's book is a grand book that features African American folkloric literature. The chapters are grouped into thematic titles and makes for an interesting and informative read.  This encyclopedic book features a chapter of illustrations. This book reminds us that this country's culture draw upon the wealth of those all around the world. The book is also full of stories to make one think of the beautiful world we live in. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. 

This week's book is a detailed read about one of the world's most iconic mountain ranges from an author who is afraid of heights. The Alps have played a significant role in history and in the cinema. The book weaves readers in and out of the tall peaks and first person perspective of the mountains. On the way you will find many interesting and insightful observations from the author. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

"B Side" is the flip side of a vinyl record containing rare, less mainstream track(s). The Lafayette Symphony calls their 3-concert series the "B-Sides" - an informal, intimate, and unconventional program in a nightclub setting. This Thursday, a range of music from Renaissance to Rock is on tap by the LSO mixed flute ensemble, led by piccolo player Laura Recendez.

WBAA John Clare spoke with Executive Director Sara Mummey about the concert.

Established in 1931, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is proud to be one of the oldest continuously active theatre organizations in the state. Civic found a permanent performance space in 1978 at the Monon Depot at 5th and North Streets in downtown Lafayette. 

John Clare talks to the new Managing Director of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Rachel Lopez, about volunteering, the history of the theater and upcoming productions.