Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra,  about the next performance, The Present of the Past, Saturday, May 2oth at 7:30pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

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Purdue University Galleries has opened two new exhibits: BIJIN, KABUKI, & SUMO, 19th century Japanese woodblock prints from Purdue University Galleries' collections; and 50/300: Art Inspired by the Feast of the Hunters' Moon, celebrating the 50th annual Feast and the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Erika Kvam, Fountain Gallery Coordinator at Purdue Galleries about the shows.

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Mariel Roberts' sophomore release is Cartography dropping Friday, May 19 on New Focus recordings. It is magical to say the least, and filled with complicated and engaging works. Tailor-made pieces include New York composers Cenk Ergün, Davi∂ Brynjar FranzsonGeorge Lewis, and Eric Wubbels. If you're curious, a new music fan, or just looking for astonishing music making, you'll want to check Cartography out. John Clare spoke to Mariel about the album.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Guest Director Adam Bodony, and Connor Hainje, cello soloist and member of the orchestra performing in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Native American life is largely characterized by stereotypes when looking from the outside in, ignoring the unique cultures that truly exist. Author Kent Nerburn has immersed himself into Native American communities, learning about their beliefs and values, and understanding how their perspective differs from Western culture. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Fantastic news for chamber music fans - the Emerson String Quartet has released a new recording of repertoire not in their extensive catalog: music by Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell! Lawrence Dutton and Eugene Drucker spoke with WBAA's John Clare about this Decca Gold offering.

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Last month, Simone Dinnerstein released a pair of Mozart Concertos on Sony Classical. What's so rad about that? Well, for starters, it was recorded in Cuba. Mozart in Havana features Simone with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. She spoke with WBAA's John Clare about the recording.

Although globalization has brought Easterners and Westerners closer, differences in culture are still stark. The focus of the self, business practices, and education are just a few ways the two sides of the globe seem to split. Author Gish Jen has constructed this week's feature with cultural psychology research and personal anecdotes to bring light to how the culture gap can be understood and ultimately appreciated. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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 ** UPDATE ** Purdue Farmer's Market will open Thursday, May 11th due to weather

John Clare speaks to Emily Colombo about the opening of the Farmer's Markets in West Lafayette, Purdue, and Lafayette. The markets showcase local food, crafts, and entertainment. It's a tradition that is over 165 years old in Lafayette.

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WBAA listeners know the music of BJ Leiderman. BJ wrote the theme music for Morning Edition; Weekend Edition; Marketplace; Science Friday; Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!; and the Stump The Chumps theme from Car Talk! Leiderman is a musician's musician. He's influenced by the Beatles, XTC, and his own vibrant personality. Backed by the Athens, Georgia-based Randall Bramblett Band, produced by Eric Sarafin a.k.a. Mixerman and featuring Bela Fleck on banjo, "BJ" is his debut album, and the culmination of three decades of writing and production. WBAA's John Clare spoke with BJ about this landmark release.

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