Arts & Culture

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Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association (TMTA) provides many educational and performance opportunities for area piano students through events such as the Sunday Showcase Recitals, Achievement in Music Festival, and Indiana Music Teacher's Association District Auditions as well as continuing education opportunities for members. The 2017 Monster Concert, a grand piano extravaganza, is Thursday, June 8 at 7:00pm at Long Center for the Performing Arts.  It features piano ensemble music, performed on ten pianos by over 175 pianists, grade 3 to adult, playing in groups of up to 20 at a time. WBAA's John Clare spoke to TMTA member and teacher Nadya Dubikovsky about the group.

Renowned author Michael Chabon explores the life of his terminally-ill grandfather in this week's feature. Through his adventurous tales, ranging from love and marriage to space shuttles, Chabon's grandfather toes the line between extraordinary and fantasy. Leaving readers wondering what is real and what is not, Moonglow paints a deathbed confession in a whimsical light. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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In the early 20th Century we started using term ‘melting pot’ more widely, even though it was used to describe America in the 1780s. That is mostly due to a play titled The Melting Pot. In it, the protagonist writes a symphony ‘expressing hope for a world in which all ethnicity has melted away.’ Years later, the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus tells the story of a dedicated but frustrated teacher who composes The American Symphony. Fast forward to 2011 and Adam Schoenberg writes American Symphony, inspired by the 2008 US election. 

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Sandra Peticolas, Director of the Lafayette Ballet Company,  about their next performances, Balances, Friday and Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm at the Lafayette Ballet Ballroom in Lafayette.

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The latest from violinist Rachel Barton Pine is some of the most challenging violin repertoire to perform. You wouldn't realize it with the ease that Pine tosses it off, or by the singing lines she brings to Niccolo Paganini's music. Bel Canto Paganini dazzles and soothes the listener. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Rachel about her 35th recording.

A tale of teenage love and loss, this week's feature explores small-town life in the Midwest and a family navigating through it. A tragic accident takes the life of Dru Ann's love, and her spiral of grief trickles into the lives of everyone around her. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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The 44th Annual Round the Fountain Art Fair is this Saturday. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Keith Austin, President of Better Merchants Marketing & Media of Lafayette and committee member of the fair.

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The latest release from soprano Diana Damrau is a dream come true - for her, and for audiences! The all Meyerbeer recording, Grand Opera, combines the Choir and Orchestra of Lyon National Opera with favorites, world premieres, and three languages! Damrau spoke with John Clare about the stunning Erato cd.

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, May 21st, and features works by modern composers. On the program is music by Karl Jenkins, and Francis Poulenc, as well as selections by Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, and James MacMillan. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says the program was difficult to rehearse but well worth the hard work. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Of Our Time” in the WBAA studios.

Many presidents tend to fade into seclusion after their tenure in the White House, but George W. Bush has brought his post-presidency hobby to the public's attention. An avid painter, he decided to create portraits of American war veterans and service members, to commemorate the sacrifices they made for their country. The paintings are accompanied by stories that give insight to the veteran's personal lives, with Bush's comments on his time spent with them. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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