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Kirill Gerstein is a multifaceted pianist who performs around the world. His critically acclaimed recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in the original version is delighting audiences. Now Kirill has recorded Franz Liszt's Transcendental Études. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Gerstein about this new Myrios recording.

Christian Steiner

No one is quite sure of where the term Hoosier came from, but it was definitely in use from the 1840s, to describe a resident of Indiana. Back in 1816, Indiana became the 19th state – a time where Beethoven and Schubert were both writing music in Europe.

We’ll celebrate the great state of Indiana, with musicians and orchestras from the Hoosier state, including the Indianapolis Symphony, and composer Ned Rorem on this edition of What’s New!

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The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents Holiday Brass Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm in St. John's Church. Bruce Knepper and Kyle Knepper, trumpet; Jason Ausban, horn; Bill Kisinger, trombone; and Jay Gephart, tuba will play sacred and secular songs. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Margot Marlatt and Jay Gephart about the concert.

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A new program airs Sunday and Tuesday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.


Andrew Jessop

“Wintry Mix” is a week-long series of free lunchtime events and concerts by local performers at the Fountain Gallery. From Monday, December 12th to Friday,  December 16th activities will take place from 12 to 1pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Craig Martin, director of Purdue Galleries about the series.

Included in The New York Times top 10 books of the year, this week's feature explores one of the art world's greatest mysteries. It follows a bookseller that was obsessive over his chance purchase at an auction, which he firmly believed was a long-lost portrait by Diego Velazquez. The bookseller was chased by aristocrats accusing him of fraud, and the still-missing painting led to his eventual demise. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Two opportunities to celebrate the holiday season with the Bach Chorale Singers and the Lafayette Children's Choir in sacred and secular music in this weekend at First Baptist Church. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Leann Starkey about the programs.

Monty Sloan

Wolf Park is nestled two miles north of Battle Ground, a small town about 12 miles north of Lafayette. The park is dedicated to behavioral research, education and conservation.

John Clare spoke with Katy Judd, event coordinator at Wolf Park, about the organization and the upcoming Santa at Wolf Park.

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Semyon Bychkov is Artistic Director of the Czech Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Project which encompasses recordings and concerts over the next few years. The first release is now out on Decca and features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique" paired with Romeo & Juliet Fantasy-Overture.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to the maestro about this new Decca recording.


Simon Pauly

Before the turn of the 20th century there was an American soprano, Lilian Norton who became internationally famous, and was called the “Yankee Diva.” She was given a stage name, Lilian Nordica, by an Italian maestro at the beginning of her operatic career, convincing her that European opera-goers would not tolerate a diva with a plain sounding, American name.

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is called the Yankee Diva these days – at least on her youtube and flickr accounts, and she has roots in the American Midwest.

We’ll hear DiDonato’s artistry from her very first recordings to the latest release on Erato on this episode of What’s New!

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