Arts & Culture

Arts and culture


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.

John Clare

John Clare talks to Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, Director of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center at Purdue about Native American Heritage Month.  November marks a month-long celebration to recognize, honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples.

Complete with spies, submarines and even Walt Disney, The Tango War is a look at the lesser known, yet critically important, WW2 front of Latin America. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Shervin Lainez

The folk trio, I’m With Her, plays one of just two Indiana performances this evening at Purdue. The all-female group is still something of a rarity within the largely male-dominated genres of folk and bluegrass music. And the name I’m With Her is still much more associated with another woman.