Purdue Convocations

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Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 31 languages. Mandel is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. Station Eleven is the focus of the 1st annual BIG READ for the Purdue English Department and West Lafayette Public Library.

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Pianist Drew Petersen is one of four recipients of this year’s Avery Fisher Career Grants, and performs this Friday, April 6th at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse inside Stewart Center. Petersen also won the 2017 American Pianists Awards after a rigorous 13-month competition comprising solo and chamber recitals, concerto performances, and community outreach activities. His debut album for the Steinway & Sons label, featuring music by all American composers, will be released in early summer of 2018. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Drew over the phone about winning awards and his upcoming concert.

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Guitarist Jiji is a young performer and composer who plays diverse styles and creates amazing sound worlds. The First Prize Winner of the 2016 CAG Victor Elmaleh International Competition, she performs Friday night in Loeb Playhouse for Purdue Convocations. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Jiji about her program and her guitar(s).

Learn more about the program here.

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This week sees the opening of the 28th annual Purdue Jazz Festival. Over 115 jazz bands from middle schools and high schools across the Midwest will compete on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

John Beasley’s MONK’estra headlines a concert on Friday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Loeb Playhouse. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Beasley about the event.

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"What happens when a fearless improviser, already a top virtuoso in the city that dominates the music world, trades his piano keyboard for a blank orchestral score?" It's the question Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is asking for their program, From Pen to Piano, this Sunday at Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus. WBAA's John Clare spoke to two members of the group, violinist Renée Jolles, and bassoonist Gina Cuffari about the program and touring.

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Andre Watts entered the music scene at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to debut with the New York Philharmonic in a national broadcasted Young People's Concerts. Just two weeks later the legenary maestro asked Andre to substitute at the last minute for an ailing Glenn Gould with the Philharmonic, launching his career in storybook fashion.

Watts joins the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Sunday afternoon in Loeb Playhouse for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9. WBAA's John Clare spoke to him about the concert, about working without a conductor, and Mozart.

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Ensemble 4.1 performs Wednesday night for Purdue Convocations. The world's only professional "piano windtet" - features works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Avner Dorman. WBAA's John Clare spoke to clarinetist Alexander Glucksmann about their program and tour.

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Grammy award winner Lucinda Williams performs Saturday night at Loeb Playhouse to start Purdue Convocations' new season.  WBAA's John Clare spoke to her about touring, and more.

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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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The St. Petersburg Philharmonic is the "oldest Philharmonia in Russia" - going back to 1802 when the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, the first in Europe, was created. They'll perform Thursday, March 2 at Purdue for Convos with a Brahms and Shostakovich program in Elliott Hall of Music at 7:30pm.

Music Director John Clare had a chance to ask the group a few questions before their performance:

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