Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Learn to effectively and wisely declutter your home with Margareta Magnusson's The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any stage of life but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

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WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Doug Fletcher from Purdue Bands about the Fall Concert Bands program he will direct Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 pm in Purdue's Loeb Playhouse. 



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As Purdue University celebrates its 150th anniversary, Purdue Musical Organizations’ annual Christmas Show celebrates its 85th year this weekend. This year, the popular holiday event will be straying from a traditional Christmas theme, and will instead focus on paying homage to a few notable Purdue alumni.

Dozens of verdant holiday wreaths neatly adorn the walls inside Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music—only one of numerous preparations that have been made for Purdue Musical Organizations’ 85th Annual Christmas Show.

Each holiday season, the PMO Christmas Show has a theme. This year, like many activities at the school, it’s being aligned with Purdue University’s 150th anniversary.


Purdue's Orchestras will be in concert Friday and Saturday evenings at 8. On Friday, the Purdue Philharmonic highlights Brahms' Second Symphony at the Rohrman Performing Arts Center at Jefferson High School. Saturday, the Black and Gold Symphnony Orchestras feature Beethoven's First Symphony at the Long Center in downtown Lafayette. WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Director of Orchestras, about the performances.

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Above the slick vinyl booths and vintage arcade games at Pete’s Diner now hang works of art by many lesser-known artists of the area—current and former homeless men and women of Greater Lafayette.

This past year, individuals familiar with homelessness documented their daily lives by snapping pictures with disposable cameras that were provided to them by a Purdue multimedia writing class.

Students wrote a variety of prompts to generate inspiration and met with the artists regularly to discuss the stories behind the photos.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Jay Gephart and Jonathan Sweet from Purdue Bands & Orchestras about their joint concert featuring the Purdue Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. It takes place Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Country music singer/songwriter Rory Feek is back with his second biography, Once Upon a Farm. This time around Rory details the parenting choices he's made throughout his life, beginning 20 years ago when he and his eldest daughter moved into a run-down farmhouse. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

The Wabash Valley Youth Symphony present their 18th season opening concert Sunday, November 11th at 7 pm at the Long Center for the Arts in Lafayette. The program includes Franck's Symphony in d minor,  Bernstein's On the Waterfront, and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto - featuring violinist Peter Zhang. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Zhang and conductor Wilbur Lin about the concert.

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The only musical on the Purdue Theatre Department’s slate this year lives up to its suggestive name by shedding light on a societal subject that is often left in the dark.

In Next to Normal, audiences are introduced to The Goodman family. Though the suburban family may be seemingly average on the surface, mother and wife Diana has been battling her worsening bipolar disorder for nearly two decades. The family struggles to cope with her mental illness, as it is taking a toll on her relationships with her husband and children.

The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Long Center.  The program, “Here & There”, features music around the world, including Lafayette & West Lafayette musicians.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.