Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Cabaret, the musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff is coming up at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre. John Clare spoke with Amy Lynn Budd about the Purdue Theater production opening Friday, February 17th.

Widely viewed as one of the most controversial (or least effective) presidents of all time, Herbert Hoover is often overlooked in US history. But, despite his public image, Hoover gave much of life to service in the federal government outside his four-year reign. This week's book review looks at Herbert Hoover as a whole - the man before, during, and after the presidency. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.


British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor latest release, Homage, features musical tributes. Among these are Felix Mendelssohn and Cesar Franck looking back to Bach; Busoni transcribing Bach’s monumental Chaconne; Frederic Chopin reviving the traditional Barcarolle of Venetian gondoliers; and Franz Lizst’s tribute to Italian folksong, Venezia e Napoli. Finally in the digital release only, Maurice Ravel looks to the baroque for his Tombeau de Couperin.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Grosvenor about Homage.

The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, February 12th, and features selections for Valentine’s Day. On the program is music by Carl Orff, and Edvard Grieg, as well as selections by Hank Williams, and Meghan Trainor. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says it was a challenge 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.

Author Karen Maezen Miller explores the "Zenness" of the natural world in this week's feature. After she and her family find a home with an old garden in the backyard, she uses its contents to discover lessons in forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and more. For gardeners and spectators alike, the natural world can provide a window into Zen that may normally be overlooked. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

John Clare

John Clare speaks to John and Seema Warner about the new location of Carnahan Hall. The hall is a multi-purpose venue in Lafayette that offers space for private rentals, weddings, live music, and other events. The grand opening is Friday, February 3rd.

Purdue University

Author J.D. Vance is the first 2017 guest in Purdue's Presidential Lecture Series. He sat down with WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski to talk about how his book tells the story of the voters who elected Donald Trump and how he pushes back against the idea that he's an electoral soothsayer.

This week's feature stars a ragtag group of teenagers who take in a new member, Vic, who suffers from Moebius Syndrome. Vic has a mission to complete, and his new friends seek to help him fulfill his father's last wishes. Full of love, loss, and even murder, Arnold's newest novel will intrigue readers of any age. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Purdue Convocations

Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet Calmus is based in Leipzig. The group is known to both audiences and critics with having a "charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation." They'll perform Tuesday, January 31st at Purdue for Convos with a Shakespeare program in St Thomas Aquinas Church at 7:30pm.

Delphi Opera House

John McEuen is a busy musician - playing multiple instruments, producing albums, recording his own music, hosting a SiriusXM radio show, and is a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He's performing Friday evening at the Delphi Opera House and spoke with Music Director John Clare about the show.