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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Guest Director Todd Craven, trumpeter Eli Trout and Sam Craig, bass soloist in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at Jefferson High School.

Book Review: Lit Up

Feb 17, 2017

David Denby, acclaimed writer for The New Yorker, sat in classrooms for an entire academic year to see if literature was really dead with the Millennial youth. He read the books and poems that were assigned, and witnessed the students discuss each piece. What he discovered was that the passion for reading still can be ignited - with the help of great teachers and great literature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Purdue University's Division of Music presents pianist Matt Bengtson this Sunday afternoon. The program will include a world premiere by Allen McCullough, and music by Ravel, Albeniz, and William Bolcom. Music Director John Clare spoke with Bengston about the concert.

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Update 2/20/17: Adam Bodony will join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Bands beginning fall 2017. Bodony will serve as the director of the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras and oversee the department’s Applied Music program.

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Cabaret, the musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff is coming up at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre. John Clare spoke with Amy Lynn Budd about the Purdue Theater production opening Friday, February 17th.

Widely viewed as one of the most controversial (or least effective) presidents of all time, Herbert Hoover is often overlooked in US history. But, despite his public image, Hoover gave much of life to service in the federal government outside his four-year reign. This week's book review looks at Herbert Hoover as a whole - the man before, during, and after the presidency. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor latest release, Homage, features musical tributes. Among these are Felix Mendelssohn and Cesar Franck looking back to Bach; Busoni transcribing Bach’s monumental Chaconne; Frederic Chopin reviving the traditional Barcarolle of Venetian gondoliers; and Franz Lizst’s tribute to Italian folksong, Venezia e Napoli. Finally in the digital release only, Maurice Ravel looks to the baroque for his Tombeau de Couperin.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Grosvenor about Homage.

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, February 12th, and features selections for Valentine’s Day. On the program is music by Carl Orff, and Edvard Grieg, as well as selections by Hank Williams, and Meghan Trainor. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says it was a challenge to put the program together, and features not only a wide range of selections, but music for ensemble and soloists. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Afternoon Delight” in the WBAA studios.

Author Karen Maezen Miller explores the "Zenness" of the natural world in this week's feature. After she and her family find a home with an old garden in the backyard, she uses its contents to discover lessons in forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and more. For gardeners and spectators alike, the natural world can provide a window into Zen that may normally be overlooked. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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John Clare speaks to John and Seema Warner about the new location of Carnahan Hall. The hall is a multi-purpose venue in Lafayette that offers space for private rentals, weddings, live music, and other events. The grand opening is Friday, February 3rd.

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