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.

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Greg Kostraba talks to Scott Freeman, Program Director of the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering about the organization’s mission and activities, including the festival, which takes place June 27-29 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield in Battle Ground.

David Glover leads the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony for his final concert with the orchestra, Sunday,May 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Long Center in downtown Lafayette. He recently joined WVYS Principal Hornist Barbara Bright-Read to talk about the concert with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba talks to Scott Pazera with Friends of JAM about the organization, their upcoming events and Jazz Appreciation Month, which takes place each April nationwide.

The next Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society performance takes place Sunday, March 30th at 4:00 p.m. at Fowler Hall in Purdue's Stewart Center. TCMS Artistic Director Margot Marlatt and two of the concert's featured musicians, cellist Sara Wollan and pianist Marc Loudon, recently came to the WBAA studios to talk about the concert, which features music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Gaspar Cassadó.

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Nicholas Palmer and José Valencia lead the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in the LSO's annual "Keller Concert," Saturday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th Street in Lafayette. Maestro Palmer recently came to the WBAA studios to talk about the concert, which features winners of the orchestra's Keller Competition.

Purdue Convocations brings pianist Simone Dinnerstein to Loeb Playhouse for a performance Thursday evening at 7:30. She recently discussed the program, and her wide-ranging musical interests.

David Glover leads the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony in the orchestra’s annual Concerto Concert, Sunday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Richard Jaeger Theater at Jefferson High School. He recently joined two of the soloists to talk about the concert.

Giving Thanks (8-10am FM101.3): Whether you’re up early in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words. With music and stories for Thanksgiving, its Giving Thanks.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott give a sold out performance at Loeb Playhouse Sunday, November 17th at 3:00 p.m. Greg Kostraba talks with the cellist about the program.

David Glover leads the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony in an all-Beethoven concert Sunday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center.

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