Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Director of Orchestras, about the next Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra performance, Friday, December 2 at 8 pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

Find out more about the concert here.

Author Jolene Brackey has come out with a fifth edition of her book Creating Moments of Joy this month. In it, she shares her experiences as an Alzheimer's caregiver and her ideas for changing the way we see the disease from the outside. WBAA's exclusive interview highlights Brackey's inspiration to write, her advice for caregivers, and the updates to the fifth addition that will benefit old and new readers alike. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel leads the discussion.

David White

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote a string quartet late in life, entitled ‘A Song of Thanksgiving’ after he recovered from an illness. This ‘prayer of thanks’ expresses his joy in life. It shows a mature, grateful view from a composer who had lost his hearing!


Christian Buchmann

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.


Marquis Classics

Stringed instruments vary from harps to basses, violins to folk fiddles, and guitars of all shapes. Some are plucked, and others bowed. The earliest stringed instruments, ancient lyres, were found in Mesopotamia. Throughout history, different countries had their own take on how the instruments look and sound, and how they are played.

We'll hear Ginastera, Janacek, Bach, plus new music for string quartet, harp, guitar, violin and more! 

Many writers have come and gone through Indiana, and the state itself claims both natives to the state as well as adopted Hoosiers born elsewhere. This week's feature is an anthology of Hoosier writers throughout time, commemorated for the bicentennial anniversary of the state. Writers highlighted in this book include Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Marianne Boruch, and Dan Wakefield, among many others. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Stephanie Mackinnon

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.


Marco Borggreve

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with pianist Inon Barnatan about his Purdue Convos concert, Thursday night at 7:30 at Purdue's Stewart Center.

Find out more about the concert here.

What's New: Polish Music

Nov 11, 2016
Fred Jonny

A music festival began one September in Warsaw, following the death of Joseph Stalin. The goal was to share new music – from the West – and from Polish Composers!

We’ll hear some of the leading composers from Poland, including Witold Lutoslawski, Andrzej Panufnik, and Krzysztof Penderecki on today’s What’s New!


Globalization in the food industry allows Americans to enjoy cuisine from all around the world. But, as easy as it is to buy exotic foods, it is more difficult to find out exactly where it comes from and who is impacted by its production. Indiana native Kelsey Timmerman travels around the glove in search of the sources of his food choices in this week's feature. This is Timmerman's second book exploring the international connections that produce everyday items. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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