Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

This week's feature delves into the moving memoir of Ariel Levy, a staff writer at The New Yorker. When her life seemed at its peak, with a successful career, marriage, and baby on the way, it all unexpectedly fell apart and left her scrambling to pick up the pieces. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Kuna Malik Hamad

Purdue University Libraries and the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts present author and critic Maureen Corrigan in So We Read On, the 15th talk in the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series.  The discussion takes place on Tuesday, October 31st.

WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke with Corrigan about choosing The Great Gatsby as subject matter for her book So We Read On, great art, and the importance of sharing ideas.

Troika is an all-Russian Pentatone release featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev, along with new arrangements of Russian-themed music from Paul McCartney to Pussy Riot. The cello/piano duo Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley perform a substantial and creative program based on repression of artists. WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke to Haimovitz and O'Riley about their arrangements, politics, and learning repertoire for the first time.

It's the first studio recording in six years from soprano Angela Gheorghiu, and what an album Eternamente is! The verissimo album, as it is subtitled, is repertoire that Gheorghiu has not sung before, something treasured by her fans and opera lovers. WBAA's spoke to Angela Gheorghiu about the repertoire, recording it with Emmanuel Villaume, and her incredible range of singing.

Indecisive Moment, a photography exhibit featuring 10 contemporary artists, runs through December 9th at the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Purdue's Stewart Center. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Purdue Gallery Interim Director Liz Erlewine about the new show.

Set in a dark future following a worldwide flu pandemic, a troop of actors set out to save the arts as humanity crumbles. As they travel from town to town, a power-hungry prophet twists the fate of the troop and threatens their existence. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, about the next performance, Opening Night, Saturday at 7:30pm in the Long Center. They discuss the program, and Maestro Palmer's recent London recording sessions!

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Dr. Mo Trout, Director of Jazz Bands, about the next Purdue Jazz Band performance, Friday, October 20th at 8 pm at Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center.

An overnight sensation when she upset Serena Williams to win Wimbledon in 2004, Maria Sharapova has experienced her fair share of highs - and lows. After serving a 15-month suspension for a drug violation, she has come back as a stronger competitor and is sharing her rags-to-riches story with her fans. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Matt Dine

"What happens when a fearless improviser, already a top virtuoso in the city that dominates the music world, trades his piano keyboard for a blank orchestral score?" It's the question Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is asking for their program, From Pen to Piano, this Sunday at Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus. WBAA's John Clare spoke to two members of the group, violinist Renée Jolles, and bassoonist Gina Cuffari about the program and touring.