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.

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.

An innovative trio of young musicians will join the Lafayette Symphony Saturday night at the Long Center for the orchestra’s first concert of the season.

The New Harmony Music Festival & School takes place July 7th through 13th in New Harmony, Indiana. Lafayette-native Christopher Layer, who began the festival in 2012, recently joined WBAA’s Greg Kostraba in our studios to talk about the origins of the festival and what’s taking place this year, including the final concert hosted by Fred Child from Performance Today that we will broadcast Sunday, July 21st at 3 p.m. and repeated on Friday, July 26th at 1 p.m. on 101.3 FM and www.wbaa.org.

Rachel Barton Pine performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor with the Lafayette Symphony Saturday evening April, 27 at 7:30 at the Long Center. She talks with WBAA’s Greg Kostraba about her career, including her upcoming solo turn with the LSO. She also performs music by Brahms and Piazzolla in our studios.

See the Wait Wait Don't Tell Me Live Cinema Event, Thursday, May 2nd.

Join WBAA 30 minutes before the event for trivia and prizes! For a list of theaters, and to purchase tickets, click here

Old Crow Medicine Show is one of the musical acts featured on “A Prairie Home Companion” at Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music Saturday, October 27th. In a recent phone interview, the band’s fiddle player Ketch Secor talked to Acoustic Blend host Joe Peters about appearing on the show and their hit Wagon Wheel.

Garrison Keillor is bringing “A Prairie Home Companion” to Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music for a live broadcast Saturday, October 27th. In a recent phone interview, I had the pleasure of discussing the show’s history with Garrison, who also explains what he does each week to make it a special event.

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