Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Michael Daugherty

The GRAMMYS® sprouted from the Hollywood Walk of Fame: music executives wanted to create an award similar to the Oscars and the Emmys. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was born…they thought about calling their award “Eddie,” to honor the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison. They finally settled on “GRAMMY®” using the name of the invention, the gramophone, first given in 1958.

This week's feature highlights some of the spirited cats you can find at local distilleries across the world. As mice killers and social media stars, these cats bring warmth and fun to the places they work. Filled with cat profiles and even cocktail recipes, any reader can find something perfect just for them. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Susan Johann

We’re featuring Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici. We’ll hear some recent releases of his music, and speak with him on today’s What’s New.

Some books find us at the perfect moment in our lives, when we need their words the most. Author Will Schwalbe takes readers through some of the most impactful in his life in this week's feature. Spanning decades from the classics to today's bestsellers, each chapter explores the life lessons he discovered in the pages. 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, “We Love the 80s ”, features music from Tchaikovsky, Pachelbel, Mozart, Michael Jackson, and more.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.

The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, November 19th, and features America’s vocal and choral traditions from colonial times to the present. On the program is music by Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, and Libby Larsen. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says it was a long time coming, to include three "Fathers' of American Music: William Billings, Edward McDowell, and Charles Ives". WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “In the American Grain” at the WBAA studios.

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A family friendly open house/reception for Missing You: Navigating Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight and Enduring Legacy takes place this Saturday. The exhibit at Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC) offers activities for kids and a chance for individuals to visit the “Missing You” exhibit before it closes next month, which is typically only open weekdays. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Tracy Grimm about the special event.

Drawing Resurfaced II features work from contemporary artists working in the drawing medium from across the United States. The new exhibition opens today at noon in Purdue's Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette. The reception takes place Thursday, November 16, at 5:30PM with comments by the jurors: Liz Erlewine, Eric Penington, and Christine Wuenschel. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Erlewine about the exhibit.

Though seemingly stripped from political headlines from the past year, this week's feature was originally published in 1980 as a fictional spy thriller. The reprint is fitting for today's America, as it discusses a businessman's rise to political power and one spy's mission to prove he is working with the Soviet Union. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.


WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and Regan Eckstein, violin; Amy Brandfonbrener, viola about the next performance, The Czech is in the Mail, Sunday, November 12th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.