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What's New: Elena Ruehr

Feb 20, 2018
Christian Steiner

Her work has been described as “sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies” by The New York Times, and “unspeakably gorgeous” by Gramophone! Composer Elena Ruehr is known for her lyrical and rhythmically vibrant music.  Her music "has an organic, breathing flow, derived from its origin in the movement of the body and the vitality of the natural world; her melodies often incorporate details and figurations of improvised performance, sometimes with exotic touches." Elena says her music that “the idea is that the surface be simple, the structure complex.”

We’ll hear chamber music from MIT composer Elena Ruehr on today’s What’s New.

Join us this week as we look into the disappearances of victims, and you might be surprised as the story thickens. This is a Victorian tale that is sure to keep the pages turning. The twelfth book in Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series. This story features the character Sherlock Holmes and it makes for a very interesting read. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

 

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's guest soloists Carol Letcher, mezzo and Jackie Zhou, flute performing in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

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A smackdown is a bitter contest or confrontation, often associated with wrestling – not chamber music! But there’s an annual competition in Austin, Texas that pits string quartet versus string quartet for one night only.

We’ll hear two evening length quartets in a new release smackdown of sorts – Michael Hersch versus John Luther Adams with two incredible groups, the FLUX and JACK Quartets on today’s What’s New.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and clarinetist Kate Wright about the next performance, Connections, Sunday, February 18th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

This week's book review features two scientists whose unlikely friendship became a big part of the rethinking of Quantum Physics. These scientists have very different ways of thinking and working, but against it all, became friends. The book goes over their works and their lives including close deaths, WWII, and friendships. A great read for those who love physics and science. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its annual "Lollipop" concert Friday, February 9th at 7:00 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. John Clare spoke with LSO Music Director Nick Palmer about the concert, which will feature Julie Baumann from Civic Theater of Lafayette in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

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This month, the Metropolitan Opera has two live HD broadcasts in theaters (locally at Wabash Landing 9 - 300 E. State Street, West Lafayette), and are heard on 101.3FM. “Live in HD Ambassadors” volunteer to help build HD audiences throughout the country. Joyce Field is one such volunteer, and spoke with WBAA Music Director John Clare about the operas, experience, and how she became an ambassador.

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.

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