Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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It's a new way for chamber music fans, and for prog rock fans to unite: a 'stand up' new release from Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull - String Quartets is a collaboration with the Carducci String Quartet, Anderson, and John O'Hara. While Anderson has worked in the classical realm with A Classic Case, and An Orchestral Jethro Tull before, this March 2017 recording is a creative and clever re-imagining of Jethro Tull (and sometimes Bach!) WBAA's John Clare spoke to Anderson about the new release.

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Cole Porter and Friends, an Indiana Bicentennial celebration concert with the Bach Chorale Singers, takes place Friday, April 28th at 7:30 pm at the Long Center for the Arts in Lafayette.

John Clare spoke to the newly appointed Artistic Director of the BCS, Michael Bennett about his role with the organization, and what to expect in the future!

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TenThing (pronounced "ten TING") performed at Purdue University on Thursday, March 30th, and stopped by the WBAA studios. Trombonist Froydis Aslessen, horn player Lena Wik, and leader Tine Thing Helseth spoke with WBAA's John Clare about the tour, recording, and being an all female brass ensemble from Norway.

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Black Voices of Inspiration perform their Spring Concert this Sunday afternoon at 3pm in Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center. The concert features various genres and musical styles of African American composers and arrangers. WBAA's John Clare spoke with director James Dekle about the performance.

British author Ali Smith has released a collection of short stories that explore the power of words and the books that contain them. Fictional characters delve into the meaning of libraries and language in their own personal ways, tying together the importance of preserving places of learning. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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The latest from the Cypress String Quartet is a recording of Johannes Brahms, his String Sextets. Despite their breakup in June 2016, the group recorded their final release in front of an audience at Skywalker Studios. WBAA’s Music Director John Clare spoke with cellist Jennifer Kloetzel about their final recording on Avie.

Not only were Jews and other minority groups of people victims of World War II pillaging, but culturally-significant items were blacklisted as well. The thousands of books burned during the 1930's by Nazi Germany was among the most significant acts of censorship by a government to date. This week's feature follows historians that are now trying to piece together the routes surviving books have taken, highlighting the families that finally receive books belonging to relatives past. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Jan Lisiecki ("Remember the name." - The Financial Times) just turned 22 years old and has released his fifth recording, Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra. You may have seen the young Canadian with Polish roots not long ago with the Indianapolis Symphony, and this latest disc is led by conductor Krzysztof Urbanski!

Lisiecki spoke with Music Director John Clare about the release.

This week's feature highlights the autobiographical tale of John Lewis, a prominent civil rights activist in the twentieth century. Written as a graphic novel, March follows Lewis' life throughout the 1960's and into his prominence as a US Congressman. It is the first of a trilogy completed in August 2016. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Passionate Pilgrim is a "rock-infused song cycle" with Baroque instrumentation created by composer/performer collective Oracle Hysterical. This new release, out on VIA Records March 17, features Oracle Hysterical with Juilliard-trained period ensemble New Vintage Baroque. While texts from the album are drawn from The Passionate Pilgrim, a poem cycle once attributed to “W. Shakespeare,” WBAA Music Director John Clare thinks Keats is appropriate to describe this amazing new album: "with voice sweetly bland." Clare spoke to Majel Connery from Oracle Hysterical about Passionate Pilgrim.

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