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.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Purdue Bands and Orchestras present six jazz bands in concert at Loeb Playhouse Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm. Greg Kostraba spoke with Mo Trout, director of Purdue Jazz Bands about the concert, which includes the Purdue Jazz Band, Purdue Tower of Power Band, American Music Repertory Ensemble, Lab Bands I and II, and Concert Jazz Band.

"Indiana Voices in Song," which features the Lafayette Children's Choir (LCC) and voices from other Indiana children's choirs, takes place Saturday, November 9 at 3:00 pm at Faith Church on State Road 26 East in Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with LCC director Colleen Green about the concert, as well as the upcoming Lafayette Children's Choir concert at Christ United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 23rd at 4.

The 20th season of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony opens Saturday, November 17th. Director of Artistic Planning Regan Eckstein, Artistic Director Adam Bodony, and board Vice President Grady Jones speak to WBAA's Greg Kostraba about the group’s mission, vision, and history, and the upcoming season.

The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents its "The Colors of Brazil" concert Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with TCMS director Margot Marlatt, baritone Marcel Ramalho, and composer Allen McCullough about the concert, which includes works by José Siqueira, Jacques Ibert, and McCullough.

Greg Kostraba

Cellist Camille Thomas joins pianist Julien Brocal for a performance Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 at Purdue's Loeb Playhouse. Greg Kostraba spoke with Camille about her career, her new cello, and the concert presented by Purdue Convocations that will include music by Brahms, Beethoven, Franck, and Messiaen.

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its "Beethoven's Greatest Hits" concert Saturday, October 19 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 the PMO University Choir, Jeff Vallier, director, in the Ode to Joy and the Gloria from the Mass in C as well as WBAA's Greg Kostraba & Emilie Syberg narrating P.D.Q. Bach's uproarious "Symphony No. 5 Sportscast."

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.

John Cleary

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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