Greg Kostraba

Content Director

Sixteen 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 works by Mel Bonis, Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia, and Rick Sowash with the Sylvan Trio, In a Mist by Bix Beiderbecke and the Duo for Flute and Piano by Aaron Copland 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, three 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 full-length record focusing on music by women composers by the Sylvan Trio, my ensemble with flutist and Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona and cellist Josh Aerie, should be out next spring.) 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.

Because of the historic nature of today's events, WBAA News on 105.9 FM and AM 920 has an updated on-air schedule for this evening:
7pm - NPR Special Coverage of White House News Conference with incoming Press Secretary Jen Psaki
8pm (approx.) - All Things Considered, including remarks from President Biden & Vice-President Harris from their primetime special
10pm - Fresh Air with Terry Gross
11pm - BBC World Service

Kokomo Symphony Orchestra

The Kokomo Symphony Orchestra will present a live performance, "Pops in the Park," on Saturday, August 22 from 6 to 10 pm at the Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion at Foster Park. Greg Kostraba spoke with Artistic Director and conductor José Valencia about the program, and what the orchestra and city of Kokomo are doing to keep the musicians and audience safe.

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We have something truly special to offer you for Memorial Day weekend. In memory of those we have lost during the pandemic and in honor of those who are on the front lines of this global struggle, WGBH and PRX are thrilled to present a LIVE broadcast by Yo-Yo Ma.

The 2.5-hour program will be performed live in the WGBH studios. Yo-Yo Ma will treat audiences to the six Bach Suites for unaccompanied cello. Tune in Sunday at 3 PM on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM and WBAA.org.

Suzanne Bona has launched a new short-term series on the Sunday Baroque blog: “Beautiful Music in Difficult Times”. She is posting a daily musical selection on the website and Facebook page as a means of social connection to counter the necessary social distancing we are all practicing. Click here for more:

https://sundaybaroque.org/category/blog/

Greg Kostraba

In Studio WBAA is an occasional series from our studios in Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music, featuring conversation and performance from superb musicians in West Central Indiana and beyond. WBAA Content Director Greg Kostraba began the series with guest Baroque cellist Juliana Soltis, who introduces us to the Bach Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, and performs selections from several of them.

We preview this afternoon's launch of In Studio WBAA, an occasional series from our studios in Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music. WBAA Content Director Greg Kostraba spoke with Baroque cellist Juliana Soltis, who also performs the Prelude from the Cello Suite No. 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

The Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra will be in concert Saturday, February 29th at 8pm at the Long Center in downtown Lafayette in a program that includes works by Sergei Prokofiev, Henry Purcell, and Paul Hindemith.  Greg Kostraba spoke with Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestras Adam Bodony about the program.

The Wabash Valley Youth Symphony presents its next concert Sunday, February 9th at 7 pm at the Long Center for the Arts in Lafayette. The program includes Three Dances from Bedřich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride, Les Preludes by Franz Liszt, and the third movement of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Henryk Wieniawski - featuring soloist Frank Shi. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke with Shi and the WVYS Director of Artistic Planning Regan Eckstein about the concert.

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The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents the ATLYS String Quartet in concert Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with violinist and Lafayette-native Jinty McTavish about the concert and the new single Perfect.

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its annual Lollipop Concert Friday evening, February 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke with LSO Music Director Nick Palmer about the evening, which includes an "Instrument Petting Zoo" at 6 and a concert at 7 that features music of John Williams and David Ott inspired by Peter Pan.

Wabash College

The Fine Arts Center at Wabash College in Crawfordsville presents activities throughout the academic year. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke to Julia Phipps about events and activities, including music and theater performances, and an art show taking place there over the next couple of months.

Purdue Bands & Orchestra will host the 30th annual Purdue Jazz Festival January 16-18. The weekend will feature concerts and clinics from Mark Buselli and other esteemed jazz musicians as well as adjudicated performances by more than 100 high school and middle school bands and combos. Greg Kostraba spoke with Purdue Jazz Bands Director Mo Trout about the 2020 Festival.

Lafayette Master Chorale

The Lafayette Master Chorale, soloists, and orchestra perform Handel's Messiah Saturday, December 21 at 7:30pm at St. Boniface Church in downtown Lafayette. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke to Music Director and conductor Michael Bennett about the performance.

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its "Holidays Around the World" concert Saturday, December 14 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 holiday selections from across the globe, including Japan, the Philippines, and Liberia. The LSO will be joined in Highland Cathedral by Lafayette's own 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music.

Lafayette Ballet Company

The Lafayette Ballet Company presents the 30th Anniversary performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker the first weekend in January. On this month's Arts Spotlight, Artistic Director Sandra Peticolas spoke to WBAA's Greg Kostraba about what makes each performance unique.

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