Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Scriabin’s Sonata No. 3, Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, and Schubert’s Op. 90 Impromptus are featured with pianist Katherine Jacobson on a new Steinway Classics Series recording. The lush sounding, compelling new disc was produced with the late award winning producer Max Wilcox.

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Mstislav Rostropovich was one of the great cellists of all time. Over 100 works were written for him by composers as diverse as Krzysztof Penderecki, Olivier Messiaen, Lukas Foss, and Leonard Bernstein. We’ll hear gems with “Slava,” Rostropovich’s nickname that translates as “glory,” from a set of complete recordings on Warner Classics: Mstislav Rostropovich – Cellist of the Century on today’s What’s New.

Though the Ilyiad is well-known, this week's feature delves deeper into the timeless tale. Highlighting the devastating consequences of war in eloquence, author Caroline Alexander combines the meticulous accuracy of a historian with the fluid narrative of a writer. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The banjo was originally made by Africans in America, adapted from instruments of similar design in Africa. It is often associated with country, folk, Irish traditional and bluegrass music. But did you know the five-string banjo was been used in classical music - since before the turn of the 20th century?

The concept of pretty is changing as women and girls are empowered to take on the world fearlessly in their unique ways. Photographer Kate Parker captures the individuality of girls and their own definitions of "pretty" in this week's feature, displaying each of them actively in their personal endeavors. From ages three to 18, the subjects of her photos define what strong is for the coming generations. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Lacy Clare

Approximately one-third of adults describe their relationship with siblings as rivalrous or distant. One definition of sister “is the girl that will always be there for you – she may or may not be related to you, and could just be an amazing friend, but no matter what, is always slow to judge and quick to forgive.”

We’ll hear from two amazing sisters, Katia and Marielle Labeque on today’s What’s New.

This week's feature revisits author Mark Kurlansky, with a new travel log depicting Cuba's capital. With vivid descriptions and observations of the city's social scene, Kurlansky paints Havana as romantic and rich in its historic ties. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

John Clare talks to several members of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, including the museum’s Executive Director Kendall Smith, about the history of the museum and upcoming exhibits.

John Clare

Purdue University Galleries latest exhibition is titled GIFTED: Selected Gifts to the Permanent Collection. Running July 5 to August 5, it will highlight works gifted to Purdue Galleries’ permanent collection, including prints, sculpture, and paintings representing a wide range of media, regions, and time periods. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Elizabeth Erlewine about GIFTED.

Living in the woods as a hermit seems like a fictional tale, but this week's feature describes a true story from the wilderness of Maine. Chris Knight, a hermit living alone for 27 years, was finally exposed after breaking into nearby homes to steal food. Journalist Michael Finkel found him after his arrest, and crafted a biography of Knight's extraordinary life. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.