Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

This week's feature delves into the complicated, sometimes violent, often beautiful life of author Sherman Alexie's mother. After her passing, Alexie revisits his tumultuous childhood, highlighting the strange but loving relationship he and his mother had. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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PostClassical Ensemble celebrates Lou Harrison with a new Naxos recording that is stellar. Harrison was born 100 years ago and it is delightful to have some fresh releases and performances. Tim Fain is the main featured soloist, in Harrison’s Violin Concerto and Grand Duo. Pianist Michael Boriskin (of Copland House) collaborates brilliantly in the gamelan-esque 1988 work with Fain.

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Alma Espanola is the latest from guitarist Sharon Isbin and soprano Isabel Leonard. "Spanish Soul" doesn't even begin to describe the beauty and depth of this new Bridge Records release! The exciting repertoire, new arrangements, and detail to phrasing are truly exquisite. WBAA's Music Director John Clare spoke to Sharon Isbin about the new recording.

What's New: Memorials

Sep 6, 2017
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We remember and keep in mind people we hold dear. Memorials these days can be online, as well as landmark objects, or art objects. There are sculptures, statues, fountains, and even entire parks! We’ll hear some audio memorials from composers Stephen Edwards and Karl Jenkins on today’s What’s New.

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The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon takes place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Craig Hadley, executive director and Leslie Martin Conwell, event manager about the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and their upcoming celebration.

This week's feature compiles in-depth interviews with iconic guitarists from the 20th century. From Stevie Ray Vaughn to Gregg Allman, Neil Young to Tom Petty, Jas Obrecht's questions are insightful and give readers a closer look at historical events in the world of music.West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

What's New: Broadway

Aug 30, 2017
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Broadway is a main thoroughfare in New York City AND refers to the Theater District along Midtown Manhattan. The district is a popular tourist attraction and according to The Broadway League, over 13 million people saw a show, bringing in $1.4 billion to the NYC economy in the 2016–2017 season! We’ll hear some theater favorites and new releases, and talk with star Rebecca Faulkenberry from Ground Hog Day the Musical on today’s What’s New.

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Dong Yifang: Painting Through a Century of Change in China opens Monday, August 28 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery at Stewart Center. It’s a new collaboration with Purdue Galleries, the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue, and the community. The exhibit features ink paintings and sketches by Dong Yifang. It also has original art work of Dong’s teachers, colleagues, and students: Qin Zhongwen (1896-1974), Lu Yanshao (1909-1993), Song Wenzhi (1919-2000), Wei Tianlin (1898-1977), and Wang Yani (b. 1975).

WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Liz Erlewine and Alice Wang about this new exhibit, the opening on August 31st, and this exciting collaboration.

The history and culture of the northern Scandinavian countries is deep and unique. From the stories of vikings to the modern tales written by authors like Stieg Larsson, globalization has allowed the rest of the world to revel in the mystique of the north. Described by an outsider, this week's feature explores the rich history of Scandinavia, both from centuries ago and from personal experiences in the last few decades. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Named after King’s College in Cambridge, The King’s Singers is a vocal sextet formed in 1968. There have been 24 members of the King's Singers since the original group was established, and the average length of tenure is around 12 years. They sing all genres of music, accapella and with guest instrumentalists. We’ll hear the King’s Singers in a wide range of music, and talk with their bass singer Johnny Howard on this episode of What’s New.

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