Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

This week's book discusses one of the most important unpaid jobs in the world. Jill Hummer dives into how each of these first ladies served their role and how it connected and related to other first ladies. She give us insight into the role of the first lady in politics, especially women's suffrage. An interesting read about a behind the scenes role of the first lady, both in politics and at home. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, February 11th, and features selections for Valentine’s Day. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says it was a pleasure to put the program together, and features not only a wide range of selections, but music for ensemble and soloists. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Afternoon Delight” in the WBAA studios.

What's New: Jake Heggie

Jan 30, 2018
Karen Almond, The Dallas Opera

Adam Sandler fans know one of his characters, Opera Man who debuted in April 1992. He sang silly lines, and over the next two years appeared in Saturday Night Live newscasts, and even in a stand alone sketch. We’ll hear someone who could easily be called Opera Man in real life, not because of made up arias, but his incredible output of operas, composer Jake Heggie on today’s What’s New.

This week's book highlights a rural Midwest town. The story centers around a father and his child, facing struggles and living their everyday lives. The story highlights what happens to the town and its residents as investors start to buy up land for a period themed amusement park. Melissa Fraterrigo is a talented writer and the founder of the local Lafayette Writers' Studio in Lafayette, Indiana. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Kousaku Nakagawa

You might have the world on a string according to Harold Arlen, or the world could be your oyster, as Shakespeare wrote in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Composer Gustav Mahler said "A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything." We’ll hear symphonies that contain everything, including a wonderful new release of the Symphony of a Thousand by Gustav Mahler on today’s What’s New.

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The Lafayette Writers’ Studio was founded by Melissa Fraterrigo “to create a comfortable, nurturing environment in our community where writers of all levels could go to hone their craft, find support, and improve their work.” Thursday will begin the 2018 series of classes starting with “New Year, New Writing: Goal-Setting and Submission Gathering” at Matchbox Coworking Studio. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Fraterrigo about creativity, writing, and who should attend.


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Jan 23, 2018
Franci Virgili

Guitarist Jiji is a young performer and composer who plays diverse styles and creates amazing sound worlds. The First Prize Winner of the 2016 CAG Victor Elmaleh International Competition, she performs Friday night in Loeb Playhouse for Purdue Convocations. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Jiji about her program and her guitar(s).

Learn more about the program here.

The newest book in the The Grantchester Mysteries series is Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love. The book takes places as a 1970s priest ventures and solves mysteries in a small town just outside of Cambridge, United Kingdom. What will he do when he and his daughter run across a dead body? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. 

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The Delphi Opera House has an eclectic weekend of entertainment with the Funtastics Variety Show. Magician Bob Poynter emcees an old-fashioned variety show with regional artists including professional performers and up-and-coming talent. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Poynter and Thea Strand about the event.

Learn more about the shows here.

What's New: John Adams

Jan 17, 2018
Lambert Orkis

About sixty miles and a few hundred years separate John Adams, president, and John Adams, composer. We’ll focus on John Coolidge Adams, Pulitzer Prize winning composer from Worcester, Massachusetts. During the 2016/2017 season, Adams served as their composer in residence for the Berlin Philharmonic. The orchestra performed well-known works and new discoveries – which are now available in an exclusive edition on CD and Blu-ray.

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