Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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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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Last month, Simone Dinnerstein released a pair of Mozart Concertos on Sony Classical. What's so rad about that? Well, for starters, it was recorded in Cuba. Mozart in Havana features Simone with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. She spoke with WBAA's John Clare about the recording.

Although globalization has brought Easterners and Westerners closer, differences in culture are still stark. The focus of the self, business practices, and education are just a few ways the two sides of the globe seem to split. Author Gish Jen has constructed this week's feature with cultural psychology research and personal anecdotes to bring light to how the culture gap can be understood and ultimately appreciated. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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 ** UPDATE ** Purdue Farmer's Market will open Thursday, May 11th due to weather

John Clare speaks to Emily Colombo about the opening of the Farmer's Markets in West Lafayette, Purdue, and Lafayette. The markets showcase local food, crafts, and entertainment. It's a tradition that is over 165 years old in Lafayette.

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WBAA listeners know the music of BJ Leiderman. BJ wrote the theme music for Morning Edition; Weekend Edition; Marketplace; Science Friday; Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!; and the Stump The Chumps theme from Car Talk! Leiderman is a musician's musician. He's influenced by the Beatles, XTC, and his own vibrant personality. Backed by the Athens, Georgia-based Randall Bramblett Band, produced by Eric Sarafin a.k.a. Mixerman and featuring Bela Fleck on banjo, "BJ" is his debut album, and the culmination of three decades of writing and production. WBAA's John Clare spoke with BJ about this landmark release.

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* UPDATE *

Please note that the Jazz on the Hill concert (Sunday, April 30 at 2:30pm) will now be at the Co-Rec Feature Gym, not Slayter Center. We have decided to move the concert to the Co-Rec Feature Gym due to rain.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Dr. Mo Trout, Director of Jazz Bands, about the next Purdue Jazz Band performance, Sunday, April 30th at 2:30 pm at Slayter Center for the Performing Arts. Special guests include Chameleon!

One of the largest marches in recent history, the Women's March in January 2017 was an international event. Spanning two days, women, men, and children marched in all seven continents to support minority rights and equality. This week's feature is a collection of full-color photos, telling the stories of the individuals who were part of the movement. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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