Arts & Culture

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Ed Asner 4/30 Preview

Apr 25, 2017
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This Sunday, Ed Asner performs at the Long Center. A one man play that is based on a true-life experience, "A Man and His Prostate" is an unlikely comedy about a visit to the hospital in preparation for surgery he doesn’t want. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Asner about the performance.

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, this week's features showcase two collections of prose by female authors. Carrie Newcomer, a beloved singer-songwriter based in Indiana, released an insider-look into her writing process and inspirations in A Permeable Life. And Lynn Emmanuel, a prominent poet, has collected pieces from her other collections and formed The Nerve of It. ​West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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The season finale of the Purdue University orchestras is this weekend! The Purdue Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra are performing Sunday afternoon. Joining the groups is guest conductor Dan Whisler, Director of Orchestras at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, and Conductor of the New World Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Indianapolis. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Adam Bodony about the showcase.

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There are three chances to hear Purdue University bands this weekend! The Purdue Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Band, Concert Band, Varsity Band, and University Band are all performing Friday, and Saturday afternoon/evening. Guest conductor Loras Schissel, a senior musicologist at the Library of Congress, is a leading authority on the music of Percy Grainger, and conducts the Blossom Festival Band. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Jay Gephart, Doug Fletcher, and Matt Conaway about the showcase.

From local author Carmen Pascal Fabian, this week's feature follows the lives of two peasants from rural Italy as they maneuver through the rule of Mussolini. A tale of love and loss, distance and reunion, The Long Years brings a history-rich plot to the age-old story of true love. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Reference Recordings

A fantastic new recording features the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern in the music of Schoenberg: no, not Arnold but Adam Schoenberg. [He's not related to Arnold but actually is related to another famous composer, George Gershwin!] Three world premiere recordings of American Symphony, Finding Rothko, and Picture Studies are on the Reference Recording. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Adam about this release.

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Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, that won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.The story deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes elements of comedy as well as drama. Performances of Rabbit Hole with Purdue Theater begin this Friday, and John Clare spoke with director Caity Quinn about the production.

Minnesota Orchestra

Over 150 years ago "The Great Migration" of Finns to the United States began, with many of the immigrants settling in the Midwest - especially in the "Finn Hook,"  that is, parts of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. To celebrate this, the Minnesota Orchestra and its Finnish music director Osmo Vänskä commissioned the composer Olli Kortekangas for a work on the theme of migration, suitable for performance alongside Jean Sibelius’s massive Kullervo. Vänskä spoke with WBAA's John Clare about these works and his new release.

While the universe seems like a large and fearful place, humans have come to understand more and more about what lies beyond the atmosphere in recent history. Known for their understandable prose, this week's feature is written by three famous astrophysicists who aim to get readers excited for the complicated world outside our own. 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, “Symphonic Sci-Fi”, features music from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and more.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.

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