Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Moneyball And The Myth Of The Unpaid Collegiate Athlete

May 23, 2016

The circularity of many arguments against paying collegiate athletes is enough to make you dizzy. Round and round universities and the NCAA go with their “they shouldn’t be paid because they shouldn’t be paid” arguments.

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Michael Gilbertson is a composer in Iowa, and Tracy Jacobson is a bassoonist in Texas. They are both in West Lafayette to be featured this weekend with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Michael and Tracy spoke to WBAA's Music Director John Clare about a variety of topics - from new work The Cosmos by Gilbertson for Jacobson's theatrical WindSync, to the importance of public radio.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Artistic Director José Valencia and two members of the orchestra performing in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

There's more about the concert here

  Translated from it's original text by Howard Goldblatt, Apricot's Revenge follows the case of a rich Chinese businessman, suspiciously found dead during a casual afternoon swim. Along with twists and turns that take the reader from suspect to suspect, the beautifully translated language is as gripping as the plot. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.



Cooking Up Wellbeing to Combat Cranky May

May 19, 2016

Once upon a time, in the role of Guinevere, Vanessa Redgrave lolled around in a forest clearing clad in a gold gown, her red hair gleaming in the sun.  These were the earliest days of Camelot.  “It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May,” she sang.  And there it was—quintessential, foxy, cheerful, sunny May.   By definition this month is supposed to be blue-skied and blossoming.  It’s no time to be grumpy.  But look out the window—chilly, windy, wet, gray weather!  The cross country teams running this afternoon along the Crawfordsville High School track sport hoodies.  I even see a winter

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra,  about the next performance, Cosmic Voyage, Saturday, May 21st at 7:30pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

Learn more about Cosmic Voyage here.

Here's a video from the guest artists, Windsync:


The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, May 15th, and features selections inspired by Shakespeare. On the program is music by Amy Beach, Michael Tippett, as well as selections by Thomas Arne, Erich Korngold, and Jaakko Mantyjarvi. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says not only it was a challenge but it was exciting to assemble the program, including music for ensemble and soloists. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Under the Greenwood Tree” in the WBAA studios.

  Life always has its challenges we must deal with. But when the challenge is a degenerative disease like early-onset Alzheimer's, it can make even the most simple things difficult. The Day We Met is such a story about a woman who finally puts all the pieces of happiness together, just to realize she has been diagnosed with the terrible disease. The novel is a collection of her journal entries, and the entries of her loving husband and oldest daughter.

The Resurrection Of The Purdue Student Band

May 12, 2016

  You hear it all the time: “Purdue University doesn’t have a music school.” “Purdue is just for engineers,” or, more recently, it’s “STEM or bust.”

There’s just no time for Purdue students to start bands, let alone good ones.