Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

New Release: Brahms And Bartok From Jansen

Feb 5, 2016
Marco Borggreve

There are many stories about Brahms Violin Concerto, or I should specify, there are lots of stories about violinists and performing the masterpiece. Once a violinist thought they were hired to play Brahms, where there was no rehearsal with the orchestra, just the concerts – as the soloist had a good relationship with the music director and musical group performing together. Since the composition has a lengthy orchestral introduction, he was relaxed with his violin at his side as the conductor raised his baton.

Book Review: Choices

Feb 5, 2016

  The traditional story about a young hotshot forced into a life-altering change of attitude gets flipped on its head in Choices. Author M. A. Smith sets main character Ethan in her native southern California, where the lawyer falls from grace after a horrific car accident. Dropping cases of the rich and famous and instead approaching despised pro bono work gives Ethan a surprising perspective on the world he never cared for. The huge twist at the end is sure to grip readers as well - but don't read the last chapter first.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba talks with cellist Margot Marlatt and pianist Mary Heller, who will be featured on the next Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society concert Sunday, January 31 at 4 p.m. at Fowler Hall in Purdue's Stewart Center


  Cancer is a diagnosis that no one wants to hear, but unfortunately, many Americans still do. The journey through treatment is long and arduous, and not always successful. Oncologist Ranjana Srivastava has written A Cancer Companion to help those with cancer, and those who love someone who has been diagnosed. She never tells readers its easy, but she does give advice on how to get through it with a positive and accepting attitude.

Well known for his acting career both on Broadway and in television, Neil Patrick Harris has released an autobiography - with a twist. Because of his childhood love for "choose your own adventure" stories, readers can now choose what part of Harris's life they want to explore. From hilarious encounters with other celebrities to his sexuality, from Hollywood magic fraternities to his loving family life, Choose Your Own Biography encapsulates all of life's excitement for each individual reader. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.