Greg Kostraba

Content Director

Fifteen years at WBAA! Where has the time gone? I worked here as a Program Host/Producer from 1995 to 2001, hosting classical music, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekly 20th-century classical music series “The Kostraba Conundrum.” After a short stint as Program Director at a public radio station in Kansas, I moved with my family to Toledo to serve as Classical Music Director at WGTE-FM, staying for seven years. One of my highlights there was winning the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for "Radio Producer of the Year" for my monthly in-studio performance program “Live From FM 91” and special programs celebrating the lives and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler. As much as I loved northwest Ohio, it was a joy to return home to Greater Lafayette in 2009 as Program Director (now Content Director) of this remarkable station: freshening our sound, developing the WBAA Arts Spotlight, hosting Afternoon Classics, and in general deepening our relationships with the arts community.

Aside from my family, my passion in life is playing the piano. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and was a semifinalist at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004. You may have heard me on Performance Today playing In a Mist by Bix Beiderbecke from the New Harmony Music Festival & School or William Grant Still’s Kaintuck’ with the Toledo Symphony. Perhaps you have seen me as soloist with the Lafayette and Purdue Symphony Orchestras, or performing chamber music on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. I have also been included on several recordings: the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on the Cambria label, two recordings of music by Rick Sowash on the composer’s own label, and a release by my horn trio Quelque Chose on Kickshaw Records. (A record by the Sylvan Trio, my ensemble with flutist and Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona and cellist Josh Aerie, should be out by the end of the year.) My favorite gig, though, may have been playing on a weekly basis in the Rusty’s Jazz Café Big Band in Toledo with my late father, the bandleader Dan Terry, in the audience.

Mark Sheldon

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Mark Ortwein, who will be featured with the Mark Ortwein Jazztet on the final concert of the WBAA/Delphi Opera House Fall Concert Series Sunday, September 22 at 3 pm.

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WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Doug Fletcher from Purdue Bands about the Fall Concert Bands program he will direct Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 pm in Purdue's Loeb Playhouse. 

 

 

PURDUE BANDS & ORCHESTRAS

Purdue's Orchestras will be in concert Friday and Saturday evenings at 8. On Friday, the Purdue Philharmonic highlights Brahms' Second Symphony at the Rohrman Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High School. Saturday, the Black and Gold Symphnony Orchestras feature Beethoven's First Symphony at the Long Center in downtown Lafayette. WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Director of Orchestras, about the performances.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Jay Gephart and Jonathan Sweet from Purdue Bands & Orchestras about their joint concert featuring the Purdue Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. It takes place Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

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WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Jay Gephart and Jonathan Sweet from Purdue Bands about their concert Sunday, September 30 at 2:30 pm at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Find out more about the concert here.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Director of Orchestras, about the next Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra performance, Saturday, September 29 at 8 pm at Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music.

Find out more about the concert here.

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its annual "Holiday Pops" concert Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with LSO Music Director Nick Palmer about the concert, which will feature actors from Civic Theater of Lafayette as well as WBAA's John Clare reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Director of Orchestras, about the next Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra performance, Saturday, February 25 at 8 pm at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette.

Find out more about the concert here.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Interim Orchestra Conductor of Purdue Bands and Orchestras, about the next Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra performance, Friday, March 4th at 8 pm at Loeb Playhouse in Purdue's Stewart Center.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Artistic Director José Valencia and two members of the orchestra featured in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Rohrman Center for the Performing Arts at Jefferson High School.

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