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.

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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The Lafayette Chamber Singers present their first concert of the season, Moderns & Others Sunday, November 24 at 3 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke to conductor and founder Clayton Lein about the music, which includes songs by three local composers.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Purdue Orchestras present two concerts this weekend at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Lafayette. Adam Bodony and Jay Gephart respectively direct the Purdue Symphony and String Orchestras Friday, November 22 at 8pm. Saturday, November 23 at 8pm, Maestro Bodony leads the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra in concert with guest violinist Chloe Trevor. Greg Kostraba spoke with Asistant Professor and Director of Orchestras Adam Bodony about the programs.

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its "Peace, Love & Classical" concert Saturday, November 16 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 Black Voices of Inspiration from Purdue's Black Cultural Center and actor Oliver Palmer.

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 began Saturday, November 17th. On this month's Arts Spotlight, Director of Artistic Planning Regan Eckstein, Artistic Director Adam Bodony, and board Vice President Grady Jones spoke to WBAA's Greg Kostraba about the group’s mission, vision, and history, and the current 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.

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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.

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