Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Have you ever been surprised to run into someone you know while travelling or not where you normally expect to see them? Coincidence can be a real delight. These days you might expect to see someone or even plan it, with social media tagging our location.

Long before facebook or yelp, composers and performers connected in person and through letters. We’ll hear some cool connections, made in the salon of Heinrich von Herzogenberg, and talk with violinists Renaud Capuçon and Cecilia Zilliacus on today’s What’s New.

The fall 2017 Black Cultural Center theme is “Gumbo in the Big Easy.” Throughout this semester the BCC hosts events which highlight the intersections of history and culture, to aid understanding in why "New Orleans is often described by scholars of the African diaspora as the most African city in the United States." WBAA's John Clare spoke with Chef Kevin Belton about his upcoming visit to Purdue.

What's New: New Baroque

Sep 13, 2017

You've heard of old wine in new the Gospel according to Luke: "And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better."

We’ll hear some new music for old ensembles, and talk with composer and soprano Majel Connery from Oracle Hysterical on today’s What’s New.

This week's feature delves into the complicated, sometimes violent, often beautiful life of author Sherman Alexie's mother. After her passing, Alexie revisits his tumultuous childhood, highlighting the strange but loving relationship he and his mother had. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

PostClassical Ensemble celebrates Lou Harrison with a new Naxos recording that is stellar. Harrison was born 100 years ago and it is delightful to have some fresh releases and performances. Tim Fain is the main featured soloist, in Harrison’s Violin Concerto and Grand Duo. Pianist Michael Boriskin (of Copland House) collaborates brilliantly in the gamelan-esque 1988 work with Fain.

Bridge Records

Alma Espanola is the latest from guitarist Sharon Isbin and soprano Isabel Leonard. "Spanish Soul" doesn't even begin to describe the beauty and depth of this new Bridge Records release! The exciting repertoire, new arrangements, and detail to phrasing are truly exquisite. WBAA's Music Director John Clare spoke to Sharon Isbin about the new recording.

What's New: Memorials

Sep 6, 2017

We remember and keep in mind people we hold dear. Memorials these days can be online, as well as landmark objects, or art objects. There are sculptures, statues, fountains, and even entire parks! We’ll hear some audio memorials from composers Stephen Edwards and Karl Jenkins on today’s What’s New.

John Clare

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon takes place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Craig Hadley, executive director and Leslie Martin Conwell, event manager about the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and their upcoming celebration.

This week's feature compiles in-depth interviews with iconic guitarists from the 20th century. From Stevie Ray Vaughn to Gregg Allman, Neil Young to Tom Petty, Jas Obrecht's questions are insightful and give readers a closer look at historical events in the world of music.West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

What's New: Broadway

Aug 30, 2017

Broadway is a main thoroughfare in New York City AND refers to the Theater District along Midtown Manhattan. The district is a popular tourist attraction and according to The Broadway League, over 13 million people saw a show, bringing in $1.4 billion to the NYC economy in the 2016–2017 season! We’ll hear some theater favorites and new releases, and talk with star Rebecca Faulkenberry from Ground Hog Day the Musical on today’s What’s New.