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The 44th Annual Round the Fountain Art Fair is this Saturday. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Keith Austin, President of Better Merchants Marketing & Media of Lafayette and committee member of the fair.

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The latest release from soprano Diana Damrau is a dream come true - for her, and for audiences! The all Meyerbeer recording, Grand Opera, combines the Choir and Orchestra of Lyon National Opera with favorites, world premieres, and three languages! Damrau spoke with John Clare about the stunning Erato cd.

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, May 21st, and features works by modern composers. On the program is music by Karl Jenkins, and Francis Poulenc, as well as selections by Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, and James MacMillan. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says the program was difficult to rehearse but well worth the hard work. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Of Our Time” in the WBAA studios.

Many presidents tend to fade into seclusion after their tenure in the White House, but George W. Bush has brought his post-presidency hobby to the public's attention. An avid painter, he decided to create portraits of American war veterans and service members, to commemorate the sacrifices they made for their country. The paintings are accompanied by stories that give insight to the veteran's personal lives, with Bush's comments on his time spent with them. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra,  about the next performance, The Present of the Past, Saturday, May 2oth at 7:30pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

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Purdue University Galleries has opened two new exhibits: BIJIN, KABUKI, & SUMO, 19th century Japanese woodblock prints from Purdue University Galleries' collections; and 50/300: Art Inspired by the Feast of the Hunters' Moon, celebrating the 50th annual Feast and the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Erika Kvam, Fountain Gallery Coordinator at Purdue Galleries about the shows.

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Mariel Roberts' sophomore release is Cartography dropping Friday, May 19 on New Focus recordings. It is magical to say the least, and filled with complicated and engaging works. Tailor-made pieces include New York composers Cenk Ergün, Davi∂ Brynjar FranzsonGeorge Lewis, and Eric Wubbels. If you're curious, a new music fan, or just looking for astonishing music making, you'll want to check Cartography out. John Clare spoke to Mariel about the album.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Guest Director Adam Bodony, and Connor Hainje, cello soloist and member of the orchestra performing in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Native American life is largely characterized by stereotypes when looking from the outside in, ignoring the unique cultures that truly exist. Author Kent Nerburn has immersed himself into Native American communities, learning about their beliefs and values, and understanding how their perspective differs from Western culture. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Fantastic news for chamber music fans - the Emerson String Quartet has released a new recording of repertoire not in their extensive catalog: music by Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell! Lawrence Dutton and Eugene Drucker spoke with WBAA's John Clare about this Decca Gold offering.

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