Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Mary Flower 4/26 Concert Preview

Apr 25, 2019

Guitarist, singer/songwriter, teacher, and Delphi native Mary Flower will perform Friday evening at 7:30 at the Delphi Opera House. WBAA Acoustic Blend host Dave Samuelson spoke with Mary about her career, including the early years in her hometown.

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This Sunday afternoon, Purdue Jazz Bands play the annual Jazz on the Hill concert at 2pm. WBAA's John Clare found out more from director Mo Trout.

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Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will perform Thursday and Friday nights at Duncan Hall for Purdue Convocations. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Esfahani about travel, repertory, and audiences.

Book Review: Angela's Quilt Arrived Today

Apr 19, 2019

Angela's Quilt Arrived Today is a collection of poems and essays written by the late Kathy Mayer. Mayer was a Lafayette, Indiana, journalist, freelance writer, and feminist who wrote about moments that touched her heart—memories, discoveries, family, and nature. The book weaves together Mayer's poetry and essays to commemorate her legacy. It is a sampling of her efforts, drawing on experiences when she grew up and lived in Albuquerque, where she graduated from the University of New Mexico, and from her later years in Lafayette.

The Austalian Chamber Orchestra ends it's 2019 tour in Indiana Sunday night. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Richard Tognetti about the tour, meals on the road, and the endurance of Beethoven.

Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven are on the program tonight at The Palladium in Carmel. Learn more here.

Book Review: Sea People

Apr 12, 2019

The great islands of Polynesia are dispersed far across the pacific ocean from Hawaii to New Zealand. How did the very early Polynesians get to these places without metal tools or writing? How could they have known about these islands at all? In her book, Sea Peoples: The Puzzle of Polynesia, author Christina Thompson delves deep into these questions that have puzzled anthropologists, geographers, and others since the eightenthenth century. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

The Lafayette Children's Choirs perform Lullaby of Bradway this Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church in Lafayette. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Leann Starkey about the show.

Learn more here. The concert starts at 4pm Saturday, April 13th.

She Kills Monsters is a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired high-octane dramatic comedy opening Friday, April 12th at Purdue Theatre. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Amy Lynn Budd about the new production.

Purdue Bands

Purdue Bands and Orchestras are performing four showcase concerts this weekend! Concerts begin Friday night and continue through Sunday at Elliott Hall of Music. WBAA's John Clare spoke with conductor Jonathan Sweet about the concerts.

Book Review: The Underground Railroad

Apr 9, 2019

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a Historical Fiction following two slaves in 19th century America. These two characters follow the “underground railroad” to attain their freedom. The underground railroad in this fictionalized past not only includes secret routes and safe houses but also has a real railroad with a train underneath the soil. The novel has received a number of awards, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.