WBAA Arts Spotlight

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The prominence of numerous artists and musicians in the Greater Lafayette and surrounding communities not only makes our community a wonderful place to live, but a great place to move to and stay. Art is frequently called upon to demonstrate that it leads to gains in other areas; economic growth, better test scores and overall educational improvements and stronger, safer communities. Art is an integral part of our human culture and should be celebrated, which is why in 2014 WBAA launched the a monthly series called the WBAA Arts Spotlight. 

This program, which features fine and performing arts organizations in Greater Lafayette and surrounding areas, airs the first Wednesday of every month on WBAA News on AM 920 and 101.3 FM at 7:51 a.m. and again at 6:21 p.m. Podcasts are also created and archived here for on-demand listening at your convenience. 

If you have any events, exhibits or other information that you think might be of interest to this program, please let us know by contacting us at arts@wbaa.org. You can also always submit your event to our events calendar, which is visited frequently by our listeners and from which WBAA draws its public service announcements.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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The 55th season of the Lafayette Master Chorale opens Saturday, October 12th. Artistic Director Michael Bennett speaks to WBAA's John Clare about the season that includes Cathedral Classics, Handel's Messiah, and music close to the group's history, Bach.

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This month, WBAA partners with Delphi Opera House for three concerts with classical, jazz, and folk music. WBAA's John Clare has The Vivaldi Project in the studio for a special preview.

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They are a group that have been performing since 1842. We’ll hear from maestro Bill Kisinger about Lafayette Citizens Band. Thursday night (August 8) is the final concert at Riehle Plaza with guests Organistan and Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day) is their 2019 season finale at Jefferson High School.

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The 51st Season is underway for Frankfort's Red Barn Summer Theatre. This week continues the play A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner, and on July 11th, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum opens. WBAA's John Clare spoke with company members Luke McLaughlin, Danielle Ullman, and Aaron Moon about their roles and the productions.

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The 47th annual Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering takes place June 28-30, 2019. WBAA's John Clare speaks with Karah Rawlings, executive director about the musicians, camping, and how you can volunteer.


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The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette opens a new exhibit, Status: Fluid/Dynamic this month. WBAA's John Clare spoke with artist Jason Myers, a native of Logansport, about his work, showing in Indiana, and describing his style.


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Several theater performances take place every year at Wabash College. The African Company Presents Richard III is the next play. It concerns "a true incident in 1821 in New York City: A troupe of free African-American actors mounted a Shakespeare production that attained minor critical and financial success until a larger white company, the Park Theatre, connived to shut it down to prevent competition." WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Ansley Valentine about the production.

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WBAA’s John Clare talks with William Griffel and Rhonda Blacklock, from Purdue Musical Organizations. PMO offers six choral ensembles and one handbell choir. Purdue Musical Organizations serve the Purdue community as ambassadors of goodwill on campus, across the country and around the world. They’ll discuss the organization’s history, tours and preview their concerts this month.

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WBAA’s John Clare talks with Richard Fudge, President of Friends of Bob Live Music Co-Op. They discuss the organization’s past and purpose, and preview their next concert coming up February 24th. Joining them are Meredith Richmond, John Frigo, and Stephanie Ben-Amotz who volunteer.


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Author, journalist, biographer, and cultural Historian Wil Haygood delivers the keynote address for the Purdue University celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00pm in Loeb Playhouse. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Haygood and Harry Brown, Associate Director of the Purdue Leadership & Professional Development Initiative about this year's celebration.

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John Clare talks to Ellie and Bob Haan, founders of the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art about the museum and tours.  Throughout December there are trains, decorations, and art including treats on the weekends.

Find out more here.  Tours for the holidays continue through December 30th.

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