Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, Jason Ausban, horn, and Anthony Hegarty, bass about the next performance, Holiday Brass, Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette.

Book Review: Trench

Dec 7, 2018

Trench, by historian and author Stephen Bull, gives readers an in-depth look at the horrific and claustrophobic settings in which many WWI battles took place. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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.

The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, December 9th, and features selections for the holidays. On the program is music by William Byrd, Ruth Watson Henderson, as well as selections by Hugo Distler, Norman Dello Joio, and Michael Praetorius. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says the program features music old and new, including music for ensemble and piano. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “O Magnum Mysterium” in the WBAA studios.

Andrei Averbuch

The award winning NYC Mariachi group Flor de Toloaches performs Thursday night at Purdue University. The Purdue Convocations event starts at 7:30pm at the Purdue Memorial Ballrooms. Flor de Toloaches mix traditional Mexican music with pop tunes, and their own originals. championed by Paul McCartney, Questlove, and Café Tacvba, they hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States.

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Holiday Cheer and All That Jazz takes place Saturday night at Loeb Playhouse with the Purdue Jazz Bands.

WBAA's John Clare spoke with Professor Mo Trout about the traditional holiday concert.

Find out more here.

Brent Russell

The 44th Annual Tuba Christmas is taking place Saturday, December 8th at Loeb Playhouse. It's a tradition started by tuba player and professor Harvey Philips in honor his teacher and mentor William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day! Over 80 musicians will perform holiday favorites on low brass instruments including euphoniums, sousaphones, and tubas.

WBAA's John Clare spoke with Jay Gephart and Jonathan Sweet about the program, and how you can participate!

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. 

John Cleary

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. 



Carly Rosenberger / WBAA News

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.