Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The latest from mezzosoprano superstar Joyce DiDonato deserves to be played, again and again! Songplay features Joyce with pianist Craig Terry (who helped mastermind the lush project), and four jazz musicians in standards, arias, and simply fun songs. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Joyce about the new Erato release.

Black Violin performs Thursday, February 28th at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse at Stewart Center. WBAA's John Clare had a chance to speak with violist Wilner Baptiste about their current tour.

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Book Review: The Art Forger

Feb 22, 2019

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro follows a young artist by the name of Claire Roth. Claire seeks fame and desperately needs a venue to hold her one woman show. As a result, she makes a deal with a powerful gallery owner to forge a famous Degas (de-gah) painting in exchange for using a venue. This particular painting had been stolen 25 years earlier, but has since been returned to the Boston studio. Things start to get puzzling as Claire realizes that this Degas is far from being the original. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

This Sunday the Lafayette Master Chorale continues their 54th season at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette. WBAA's John Clare spoke with artistic director Michael Bennett about the concert Bach Cantatas.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Dr. Mo Trout, Director of Jazz Bands, and Professor Scott Pazera about the next Purdue Jazz performance, Friday, February 22nd at 8 pm at Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center.

Book Review: Have Dog, Will Travel

Feb 15, 2019

Have Dog, Will Travel is an autobiography of a blind poet by the name of Stephen Kuusisto. The book focuses on the newfound partnership with a guide dog that changes the author’s perspective on life. It is a spiritual journey, and allows the reader to truly see the world through Kuusisto’s blind eyes, as well as the eyes of his dog. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Purdue University's Symphonic Band and Varsity Band are featured Sunday afternoon at the Long Center. WBAA's John Clare spoke to conductor Matthew Conaway about the concert, Wind Works III.

Learn more about the concert here. The concert takes place at the Long Center, Sunday, February 17th at 2:30pm. Admission is free. Joining the bands is composer and conductor Robert Sheldon as special guest.

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.

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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.