Arts & Culture

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Purdue Bands

Purdue University's University Band, Campus Band, and Concert Band are featured Saturday night at the Long Center. WBAA's John Clare spoke to conductor Jonathan Sweet about the concert, Wind Works II.

Purdue University's Collegiate Band and Wind Ensemble are featured Friday night at the Long Center. WBAA's John Clare spoke to conductors Doug Fletcher and Jay Gephart about the concert, Wind Works I.

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

An Evening of Romance takes place Friday - a celebration of Valentine’s Day in cabaret fashion with the Purdue Jazz Band. They've teamed up with the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management to recreate a 1940s big band dance club atmosphere – where couples can enjoy music, dancing, food, and romance. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Mo Trout about the event February 15th.

A William Shakespeare early comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona raises questions about the loyalty between two friends who are smitten with the same young woman. WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke with Purdue graduate student Malena Gordo who is in the production opening Friday.

Book Review: Travelers in the Third Reich

Feb 8, 2019

Travelers in the Third Reich is a nonfiction historical retelling of the rise of Hitler through the firsthand accounts of foreigners. Author Julia Boyd gives various fascinating stories from politicians, scholars, celebrities, and even schoolchildren of the pre-world war two era on their time in Nazi Germany. These accidental eyewitnesses to history outline the overall atmosphere of the rising fascist state giving the reader a unique look at the catastrophic events that followed. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

The Wabash Valley Youth Symphony present their next concert Sunday, February 10th at 7 pm at the Long Center for the Arts in Lafayette. The program includes Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian",  Rossini's La gazza ladra Overture, and Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1 - featuring soloist Addie Tribbett. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Tribbett and conductor Wilbur Lin about the concert.

It's music for kids of all ages, but area elementary students are in for a treat when the Lafayette Symphony shares the North American premiere of Carnival 2 by Peter White. WBAA Music Director John Clare talked with maestro Nick Palmer about how this all came about.


Pianist Richard Goode is a legendary musician. A Nonesuch recording artist, Goode returns to West Lafayette Sunday afternoon in a solo program that spans classical and romantic repertoire. Music Director John Clare spoke with Richard about the program that includes his favorite Beethoven sonata.

Andy Goodwin

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.

Poetry from Neruda, music by Gershwin, and sweet treats are all a part of Valentine's Afternoon Delight with the Lafayette Chamber Singer's next concert, Sunday February 10th at 3pm. Clayton Lein spoke with Greg Kostraba about the performance at Duncan Hall.

Book Review: One Perfect Lie

Feb 1, 2019

One Perfect Lie is a suburban Crime story written by bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. The story is a thrilling mystery following a main protagonist who goes undercover as a high school teacher and baseball coach. Why? Perhaps because the high school is threatened with acts of terrorism. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

In the book, A Culinary History of Taipei: Beyond Pork and Ponlai, the authors delve into the diverse foods of Taiwan's Capital. From the 5-star restaurants to the city-street food stands, this book offers a look at a lesser-known food destination. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

We are all saddened by the death of Tyler Trent. The Carmel native left Purdue early last year to enter hospice care. He battled osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, since he was in high school. After camping out in front of Ross-Ade Stadium during the 2017 football season, Trent's story has become a source of inspiration worldwide.

Renee Thomas

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.

I wasn't sure what to expect of Cor Christmas from Cally Banham. Turns out, it is amazing! English horn isn't the first instrument you might associate with the holidays, but this new release will make sure it's part of your core recordings and celebrations. I spoke with Banham about the new release.

Find out more about the release here. It's an instant classic, and one you'll not only want to own, but share with friends and family!