Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

John Clare

Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, that won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.The story deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes elements of comedy as well as drama. Performances of Rabbit Hole with Purdue Theater begin this Friday, and John Clare spoke with director Caity Quinn about the production.

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Over 150 years ago "The Great Migration" of Finns to the United States began, with many of the immigrants settling in the Midwest - especially in the "Finn Hook,"  that is, parts of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. To celebrate this, the Minnesota Orchestra and its Finnish music director Osmo Vänskä commissioned the composer Olli Kortekangas for a work on the theme of migration, suitable for performance alongside Jean Sibelius’s massive Kullervo. Vänskä spoke with WBAA's John Clare about these works and his new release.

While the universe seems like a large and fearful place, humans have come to understand more and more about what lies beyond the atmosphere in recent history. Known for their understandable prose, this week's feature is written by three famous astrophysicists who aim to get readers excited for the complicated world outside our own. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Long Center.  The program, “Symphonic Sci-Fi”, features music from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and more.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.

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Contests and competitions can be popular! The first game show on commercial TV was Truth or Consequences – but hundreds of years before that, Antonio Vivaldi wrote a work called The Contest Between Harmony and Invention – that included his Four Seasons!

We’ll hear about a contest with the five finalists for the APA - the American Pianists Association on this episode of What’s New!

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It's a new way for chamber music fans, and for prog rock fans to unite: a 'stand up' new release from Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull - String Quartets is a collaboration with the Carducci String Quartet, Anderson, and John O'Hara. While Anderson has worked in the classical realm with A Classic Case, and An Orchestral Jethro Tull before, this March 2017 recording is a creative and clever re-imagining of Jethro Tull (and sometimes Bach!) WBAA's John Clare spoke to Anderson about the new release.

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Cole Porter and Friends, an Indiana Bicentennial celebration concert with the Bach Chorale Singers, takes place Friday, April 28th at 7:30 pm at the Long Center for the Arts in Lafayette.

John Clare spoke to the newly appointed Artistic Director of the BCS, Michael Bennett about his role with the organization, and what to expect in the future!

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TenThing (pronounced "ten TING") performed at Purdue University on Thursday, March 30th, and stopped by the WBAA studios. Trombonist Froydis Aslessen, horn player Lena Wik, and leader Tine Thing Helseth spoke with WBAA's John Clare about the tour, recording, and being an all female brass ensemble from Norway.

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Black Voices of Inspiration perform their Spring Concert this Sunday afternoon at 3pm in Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center. The concert features various genres and musical styles of African American composers and arrangers. WBAA's John Clare spoke with director James Dekle about the performance.

British author Ali Smith has released a collection of short stories that explore the power of words and the books that contain them. Fictional characters delve into the meaning of libraries and language in their own personal ways, tying together the importance of preserving places of learning. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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