Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Author Karen Maezen Miller explores the "Zenness" of the natural world in this week's feature. After she and her family find a home with an old garden in the backyard, she uses its contents to discover lessons in forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and more. For gardeners and spectators alike, the natural world can provide a window into Zen that may normally be overlooked. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

John Clare

John Clare speaks to John and Seema Warner about the new location of Carnahan Hall. The hall is a multi-purpose venue in Lafayette that offers space for private rentals, weddings, live music, and other events. The grand opening is Friday, February 3rd.

Purdue University

Author J.D. Vance is the first 2017 guest in Purdue's Presidential Lecture Series. He sat down with WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski to talk about how his book tells the story of the voters who elected Donald Trump and how he pushes back against the idea that he's an electoral soothsayer.

This week's feature stars a ragtag group of teenagers who take in a new member, Vic, who suffers from Moebius Syndrome. Vic has a mission to complete, and his new friends seek to help him fulfill his father's last wishes. Full of love, loss, and even murder, Arnold's newest novel will intrigue readers of any age. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Purdue Convocations

Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet Calmus is based in Leipzig. The group is known to both audiences and critics with having a "charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation." They'll perform Tuesday, January 31st at Purdue for Convos with a Shakespeare program in St Thomas Aquinas Church at 7:30pm.

Delphi Opera House

John McEuen is a busy musician - playing multiple instruments, producing albums, recording his own music, hosting a SiriusXM radio show, and is a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He's performing Friday evening at the Delphi Opera House and spoke with Music Director John Clare about the show.

KarlJenkins.com

January 15th, 2017 marked the US premiere of Karl Jenkins's Cantata Memoria. The 55 minute work was written for the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster (October 21, 1966) when a coal spoil tip enveloped a school and houses in the South Wales village, killing 116 children and 28 adults. Cantata Memoria is a large composition -  that includes chorus – both mixed and young voices,  baritone and soprano soloists, orchestra with prominent solos for violin, euphonium and harp, and has a libretto by poet Mererid Hopwood.

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Purdue Bands & Orchestra will host the 27th annual Purdue Jazz Festival through January 21st. The weekend will feature concerts and clinics from esteemed jazz musicians as well as competitions for 95 high school and middle school bands and combos. John Clare spoke with Mo Trout and Tim Coffman about the 2017 Festival.

Cartoon books are becoming increasingly popular among new readers, and Kevin McCloskey is just one of many breaking into the genre. His two books We Dig Worms! and The Real Poop On Pigeons! bring the common animals to the forefront. Both worms and pigeons are featured as interesting species with lots of little-known facts, all depicted through beautifully illustrated storyboards. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Suzanne Bona, flutist of the Sylvan Trio (and host of Sunday Baroque) about the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society next performance, Founder's Concert, Sunday, January 15th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

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