Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Mexican pianist Citlalli Guevara and Bulgarian pianist Slavina Zhelezova began their musical collaboration in 2008 in Brussels. Working closely under the tutelage of Philippe Entremont and Nelson delle Vigne Fabbri, the two "immediately bonded based on their shared vision for the unique artistic potential of the music for piano duo." Their debut as GZ Piano Duo the next February at the Palm Beach International Piano Festival drew critical praise and standing ovations.

Their new release is called Midnight Conversations, and features music from Schubert to their own arrangements of tangos. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Citalli and Slavina about the new Centaur recording.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Lafayette Children's Choir's Director Leeann Starkey about the next LCC concert, Patchwork for Peace, Sunday afternoon at 4 at the Immanuel United Church of Christ.

Years after losing her sister to an eight-year bout with cancer, Molly decided that a deeper dive into her family's healing process was necessary. Her mother, a clinical psychologist from the Lafayette area, pieced together diary entries, interviews, and reflection pieces into a beautifully written memoir of the journey of their grief. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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The Wabash Valley Youth Symphony present their 17th season opening concert Sunday, November 12th at 7 pm at the Long Center for the Arts in Lafayette. The program includes Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony "Reformation," and two works by Maurice Ravel, the Mother Goose Suite, and Tzigane - featuring violinist Christina Shi.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Sandra Peticolas, Director of the Lafayette Ballet Company,  about their next performances, The Raven, Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm at the Lafayette Ballet Ballroom in Lafayette.

Learn more about The Raven here.

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A quartet of chamber works with Music From Copland House are on a new release, Secret Alchemy, written by Pierre Jalbert. Jalbert is a professor at Rice University, and serves as one of the artistic directors of contemporary chamber ensemble Musiqa. Three world premiere recordings of Secret Alchemy, String Trio, and Crossings, joined by a new recording of his Piano Trio No. 1 are on this Copland House Blend Recording. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Pierre about this stunning release.

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This Saturday the Lafayette Master Chorale begin their 53rd season. The are presenting "Five Concerts For a Better World: A Prayer for Peace, Patchwork for Peace, Heavenly Peace, A Peaceable Kingdom, and Peace on Earth... and Lots of Little Crickets." WBAA's John Clare spoke with artistic director Michael Bennett about the concert A Prayer for Peace.

This week's feature delves into the moving memoir of Ariel Levy, a staff writer at The New Yorker. When her life seemed at its peak, with a successful career, marriage, and baby on the way, it all unexpectedly fell apart and left her scrambling to pick up the pieces. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Purdue University Libraries and the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts present author and critic Maureen Corrigan in So We Read On, the 15th talk in the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series.  The discussion takes place on Tuesday, October 31st.

WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke with Corrigan about choosing The Great Gatsby as subject matter for her book So We Read On, great art, and the importance of sharing ideas.

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Troika is an all-Russian Pentatone release featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev, along with new arrangements of Russian-themed music from Paul McCartney to Pussy Riot. The cello/piano duo Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley perform a substantial and creative program based on repression of artists. WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke to Haimovitz and O'Riley about their arrangements, politics, and learning repertoire for the first time.

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