Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

What's New: Bruch Off!

Jul 10, 2018
Sony Classical

I love it when there are several new releases of the same work – you not only get to listen to new performances but compare them to other bench marks.

We’ll hear interpretations from Rachel Barton Pine and Joshua Bell playing the same Bruch violin concerto on this episode of What’s New.

John Clare

The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change is the latest exhibit at the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center at Purdue University.  WBAA's John Clare spoke to Outreach Archivist Adriana Harmeyer and Carly Dearborn about the center and their latest exhibit that includes artifacts of Purdue's 100th Anniversary, Protests and Astronauts!

cedille records

Have you seen The Notorious RBG? You can hear works in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as well as American Canvas by Jennifer Higdon, and The Indispensable Man (Words by FDR) - a new clarinet concerto by Victoria Bond on this patriotic episode. Host John Clare speaks with composer Patrice Michaels, and soloists John Yeh and Mimi Stillman on this all women composers, all American show!

Book Review: The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

Jul 6, 2018

"The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball" is a book about a Chinese boys' difficulty with adapting to American life. Through time and baseball, the boy and his brother slowly begin to integrate into American culture, while struggling to maintain their Chinese identities. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Book Review: Renee

Jun 22, 2018

  

"Renee" is a suspenseful sci-fi novel about a woman who travels 1,000 years into the future. The books author, Jessica Eise, is a Ross Fellow in the Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication doctoral program. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

indianafiddlersgathering.org

This weekend the 46th Annual Indiana Fiddler's Gathering gets underway. Jazz host John Zimbrick spoke with jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein about his sets on Saturday.


Innova Records

Dolce Suono Trio and guest artist Lucy Shelton have really done it! American Canvas is picture perfect: beauty, composition, and playing! It features music by Jenifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Andrea Clearfield, and Zhou Tian that is inspired by art (Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and Jackson Pollock); the natural world (Canadian Rockies) literature (Spanish medieval hero El Cid); and the past (a companion piece to Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire).

Sony Classical

Joshua Bell is a classical superstar. With more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums winning Grammy, Mercury, and Gramophone awards! Josh is currently the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, only the 2nd person to hold this post since 1958, and he is a Senior Lecturer for violin and chamber music at Indiana University.

Jieun Baek reveals the inner workings of North Korea’s Information Underground, a courageous group of people risking their lives to bring the isolated country all of the films, television shows, soap operas, books, and encyclopedias that its own militaristic regime has banned. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

simonedinnerstein.com/music

Back in 2014, Simone Dinnerstein and Philip Glass met for breakfast. There in his garden they found a shared interest in Johann Sebastian Bach's music. The end result was a commission for a concerto for piano and strings, to be paired with one of Bach's own. Dinnerstein says, "There are almost no concertos written for piano and strings since Bach's time. The pairing of the Bach concerto with Philip's own composition creates myriad strands of connectivity, enabling the listener to create bridges between the old and the new."

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Simone about her latest release, Circles, that has Glass and Bach Concerti.

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