Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

A hallmark of human civilization, paper has become integral in the development of societies all over the world. From ancient times to the electronic present, paper is still around - even though it was once regarded as dangerous to the oral tradition. This week's feature explores how paper came to be and its role as we move into the future. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Purdue Galleries

Global Matrix IV is a contemporary review of fine art printmaking in all media from around the world. This year’s exhibit presents a total of 96 images by 73 artists from 15 countries around the world. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Craig Martin, director of Purdue Galleries about the series.

John Clare talks to Lafayette Ballet’s Director Sandra Peticolas about the ballet’s activities this season, including the Nutcracker!

Trees are often dismissed as simple details that mark where civilization ends and the wilderness begins. Sometimes, even foresters forget the uniqueness that each individual tree possesses. Now translated in English, this week's feature rediscovers the beauty of trees and their very real fantastical nature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Renowned British author Jeannette Winterson has compiled a collection of Christmas stories in this week's feature. It is unclear which details are true autobiography and which are fantasy, but each story is peculiar and quirky in its own way. From dark stories about strange parents to recollections of St. Nicholas himself, these twelve stories are unlike any other collection for the holiday season. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

John Clare

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.

 The first installment of a new mystery series, this week's feature brings southern charm and whimsy to the "thriller" genre. It follows a woman coming back to her rural hometown in Georgia, where her father is successfully operating an olive grove. She finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery after finding a deceased man in the woods one night, and must find the true killer to clear her own name. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.


The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, December 18th, and features selections for the holidays. On the program is music by Heinrich Schutz, Roland de Lassus, as well as selections by Frank Ferko, Charles Parry, and Witold Lutoslawki. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says the program features music old and new, including music for ensemble and piano. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Christmas Concert” in the WBAA studios.

Marco Borggreve

The very latest release from Turkish pianist Fazil Say is music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The six cd set was recorded in Mozart's hometown of Salzburg, at the academy that bears the Austrian genius' name. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Say about this brilliant set of Mozart Piano Sonatas from Warner Classics.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra,  about the next performance, Holiday Pops, Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.