Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

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.


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!

John Cleary

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Douglas Fletcher, director of the Fall Concert Band, about the next Purdue Gold and Black Concert Bands performance, Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

Find out more about the concert here.

Fictional tales of the mysterious ocean are full of whimsical characters and great beasts. The ocean as we know it today, as described in this week's feature, is not as fictional as it may seem. Considering the vastness that is still undiscovered, author Hugh Aldersey-Williams guides readers through the scientific history of the oceans, as well as the stories told around the world about its wonders. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

John Clare

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.

We'll feature the amazing mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, from her very first solo cd to her latest release, In War and Peace.


WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with William Griffel, Director of Purdue Musical Organizations, about the next Purdue Christmas Show performances, Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th at the Elliott Hall of Music.

Learn more about the performances here.