George Frederick Handel

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The season finale of the Purdue University orchestras is this weekend! The Purdue Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra are performing Sunday afternoon. Joining the groups is guest conductor Dan Whisler, Director of Orchestras at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, and Conductor of the New World Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Indianapolis. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Adam Bodony about the showcase.

Simon Pauly

Before the turn of the 20th century there was an American soprano, Lilian Norton who became internationally famous, and was called the “Yankee Diva.” She was given a stage name, Lilian Nordica, by an Italian maestro at the beginning of her operatic career, convincing her that European opera-goers would not tolerate a diva with a plain sounding, American name.

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is called the Yankee Diva these days – at least on her youtube and flickr accounts, and she has roots in the American Midwest.

We’ll hear DiDonato’s artistry from her very first recordings to the latest release on Erato on this episode of What’s New!

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.

We'll feature the amazing mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, from her very first solo cd to her latest release, In War and Peace.

Marco Borggreve

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with pianist Inon Barnatan about his Purdue Convos concert, Thursday night at 7:30 at Purdue's Stewart Center.

Find out more about the concert here.