Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The 45th Annual Round the Fountain Art Fair is this Saturday. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Keith Austin, and Jim Bodenmiller, both committee members of the fair.

Find out more here.

John Clare

A family friendly open house/reception for The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change takes place this Wednesday. The exhibit at Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC) offers activities for kids and a chance for individuals to visit “The Sixties” exhibit after hours from 5 to 7pm, which is typically only open weekdays 1 to 4:30pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Adriana Harmeyer and Carly Dearborn about the special event.

This week's book highlights the unique geography of these United States. He drives from coast to coast, noting different things about each part he goes through. Kaplan notes Purdue, among other universities in the modern Midwest and their impact on the Midwest. He talks about the Mormons culture, as he moves towards Utah and the West. He eventually makes it all the way to the naval base at San Diego, California. A beautiful cross country travel log by Robert D.Kaplan. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's guest soloists Lily Kostraba, violin and David Kim, cello performing in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

The program includes Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture, Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto No. 4, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. There's more about the concert here.

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The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Long Center.  The program, “Brahms 1 ”, features music from Brahms, John Williams, and the winners of the Keller Competition.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.

This week's book features a sleepy town, whose main interest is in the sport of hockey. A win at the junior  ice hockey championships seems like the only cure for this long forgotten town. Everything seems to be going right until a scandal sweeps the team. Accusations between one of the star players and a local girl spreads like wildfire. What will the town do?  West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

A new release of Arnold Rosner's music is now out on Toccata Classics with the London Philharmonic and conductor Nick Palmer. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Palmer about the recording, watch their conversation below:

The Russians are coming! Prokofiev from Argerich, Batiashvili; Weinberg with Golan; and insights with Richard Taruskin on Stravinsky!

Hear the latest from Lisa Batiashvili with Visions of Prokofiev. Prokofiev for Two features Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan, and a new Steinway and Sons release has chamber music by Mieczysław Weinberg with Jeanne Golan. Top it all off with Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and insights with Richard Taruskin!

WBAA’s John Clare talks with Clayton Lein, of the Lafayette Chamber Singers. They’ll discuss the organization’s origins and history, and preview their concert this weekend.

Sara Jane Coffman is a local author who has written some interesting books in the past. She is very candid and likes to share details of her life for a good laugh. In the process, Coffman gives us some tips on travel and life. She likes to discuss hard topics like the Chicago Cubs and Indiana's obsession with the team.  She talks a lot about her family and personal life which are a pretty interesting read. She has a great personality and gives a great look into a middle class family in Indiana. It is quite a fun read, West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.