Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

January 15th, 2017 marked the US premiere of Karl Jenkins's Cantata Memoria. The 55 minute work was written for the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster (October 21, 1966) when a coal spoil tip enveloped a school and houses in the South Wales village, killing 116 children and 28 adults. Cantata Memoria is a large composition -  that includes chorus – both mixed and young voices,  baritone and soprano soloists, orchestra with prominent solos for violin, euphonium and harp, and has a libretto by poet Mererid Hopwood.

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Purdue Bands & Orchestra will host the 27th annual Purdue Jazz Festival through January 21st. The weekend will feature concerts and clinics from esteemed jazz musicians as well as competitions for 95 high school and middle school bands and combos. John Clare spoke with Mo Trout and Tim Coffman about the 2017 Festival.

Cartoon books are becoming increasingly popular among new readers, and Kevin McCloskey is just one of many breaking into the genre. His two books We Dig Worms! and The Real Poop On Pigeons! bring the common animals to the forefront. Both worms and pigeons are featured as interesting species with lots of little-known facts, all depicted through beautifully illustrated storyboards. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Suzanne Bona, flutist of the Sylvan Trio (and host of Sunday Baroque) about the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society next performance, Founder's Concert, Sunday, January 15th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

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.