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Book Review: Craeft

Apr 6, 2018

Alexander Langlands brings to light the word craft and what has happened to that word in recent years. He takes us back in time as he discusses how things were made especially the craft of makings things  in the past. The archeologist and medieval professor adds his own flare of facts and details as he progresses through the book. What has industrialization done to our society and how has it influenced our understanding of the word craft? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Long Center.  The program, “Note-able Women”, features music from Clara Schumann, Cristina Spinei, Chen Yi and more.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.

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The original version of Ole King Cole goes like this:

Good King Cole,

And he call'd for his Bowle,

And he call'd for Fidler's three;

And there was Fiddle, Fiddle,

And twice Fiddle, Fiddle,

For 'twas my Lady's Birth-day,

Therefore we keep Holy-day

And come to be merry.

We’ll hear three incredible fiddlers: Rachel Barton Pine, Johnny Gandelsman, and Augustin Hadelich on today’s What’s New.

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Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 31 languages. Mandel is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. Station Eleven is the focus of the 1st annual BIG READ for the Purdue English Department and West Lafayette Public Library.

American Pianists Association

Pianist Drew Petersen is one of four recipients of this year’s Avery Fisher Career Grants, and performs this Friday, April 6th at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse inside Stewart Center. Petersen also won the 2017 American Pianists Awards after a rigorous 13-month competition comprising solo and chamber recitals, concerto performances, and community outreach activities. His debut album for the Steinway & Sons label, featuring music by all American composers, will be released in early summer of 2018. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Drew over the phone about winning awards and his upcoming concert.

What's New: Samuel Adler

Mar 28, 2018
Linn Records

Nineties: the numbers, years, degrees, from 90 through 99. They can refer to numbered streets, warm temperatures, or indicate the years of a lifetime or of a century.

Samuel Adler was born March 4, 1928, in Mannheim, Germany and came to the United States in 1939. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2001, and then inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in October 2008. He has composed of over 400 published works...including 5 operas, 6 symphonies, 12 concerti, 9 string quartets, and 5 oratorios!
We’ll hear music and new releases from 90 year old composer Samuel Adler on today’s What’s New.

This week's book title seems to grab at your attention. Rightfully so, this book covers what might contribute to bad practices at work environments in the 21st century. Dr. Will Miller offer some great explanations and suggestions as to increase your wellbeing at work. The book does not seem like a lecture, but rather, a conversation about habits with the Purdue Professor. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Jamie Jung

Tones and Colors is a new piano album inspired by artwork. Liza Stepanova presents music by Bach, Martinu, and Gyorgy Ligeti among others. Ligeti's original idea had been to compose twelve Études, in two books of six each, ala Debussy, but the scope of his etudes grew...one of our favorites from this new collection is the Infinite Column etude that Ligeti composed. You can hear it on What's New.

WBAA's John Clare had a chance to speak with Liza Stepanova about her CAG album Tones and Colors.

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Tickling the ivories – what a wonderful phrase to describe playing the piano! We’re amazed about how many keyboard artists are on the rise, and how many recordings are around of the great masters.

We’ll hear from piano players young and old, and music from Bach to Adams on today’s What’s New.

Sol Hurok

The Iron Curtain, U-2 and Gary Powers, and culture all came together for pianist Byron Janis in 1960 as a United States cultural ambassador to the Soviet Union. While the US enjoyed pianist Sviatoslav Ritcher performing concerts in America, Janis performed in Moscow and Leningrad in 1960. While it has often been thought that officials and citizens were "bugged" and recorded for espionage, it came as quite a surprise that a concert had been recorded without the artist's knowledge.

Fast forward 48 years, and that historic performance by Byron Janis is now released by the artist himself. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Janis about the concert.

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