Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

John Clare

Dong Yifang: Painting Through a Century of Change in China opens Monday, August 28 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery at Stewart Center. It’s a new collaboration with Purdue Galleries, the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue, and the community. The exhibit features ink paintings and sketches by Dong Yifang. It also has original art work of Dong’s teachers, colleagues, and students: Qin Zhongwen (1896-1974), Lu Yanshao (1909-1993), Song Wenzhi (1919-2000), Wei Tianlin (1898-1977), and Wang Yani (b. 1975).

WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Liz Erlewine and Alice Wang about this new exhibit, the opening on August 31st, and this exciting collaboration.

The history and culture of the northern Scandinavian countries is deep and unique. From the stories of vikings to the modern tales written by authors like Stieg Larsson, globalization has allowed the rest of the world to revel in the mystique of the north. Described by an outsider, this week's feature explores the rich history of Scandinavia, both from centuries ago and from personal experiences in the last few decades. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Named after King’s College in Cambridge, The King’s Singers is a vocal sextet formed in 1968. There have been 24 members of the King's Singers since the original group was established, and the average length of tenure is around 12 years. They sing all genres of music, accapella and with guest instrumentalists. We’ll hear the King’s Singers in a wide range of music, and talk with their bass singer Johnny Howard on this episode of What’s New.

Loosely based on historical fact, this week's feature showcases the struggle of Karl Stern, a Jewish teenager growing up in Berlin during the tumultuous 1930s.  After being bullied constantly for his family's religion, Karl seeks refuge and defense with Max Schmeling, a family friend and German boxing hero. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Forest of History is an exhibition installation from Myung Gyun, You at the Fountain Gallery from August 18th to September 23rd. It features a site-specific art installation of imposing, abstract sculptures made with dyed newspapers from all over the world. Inspired by nature, the installation asks viewers to consider: their own place in the world, encouraging thought about cultural identity, nationality, and heritage, as constructs within the context of natural phenomena. John Clare spoke to Liz Erlewine, Gallery Coordinator.

Medals have historically been given as prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze…They represent the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes! The custom of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals for the highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century.

We’ll hear from award winning pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Martina Filjak on this episode of What’s New.

Space travel has been a resounding part of fiction and science throughout the centuries. Different modes of space transportation made appearances in literature and art, with some inspiring what has allowed humans to travel to the moon and beyond. This week's feature explores the developments of space travel, both real and imagined. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Conductors lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music. Music directors may spend a lot of time traveling to different performances. Composers can work in offices, recording studios, or their own homes. Employment of music directors and composers is projected to grow just 3 percent over the next ten years, slower than most occupations. Despite expected audience growth, competition for posts is very high. We’ll hear from conductors who compose including Esa Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on this What’s New.


The first volume of Byron Janis on Tour celebrates the 70th anniversary of the celebrated pianist's first recording released by RCA, and is dedicated to his son Stefan. WBAA's John Clare spoke to the 89 year old Janis about the recordings.

Fantasy books for all ages aim to enchant their readers. But when a book has never been picked up, how does that make it feel? Prolific children's writer Cornelia Funke explores the emotions of an unread book in this week's feature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.