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Sessions from Studio A - Piece of Cake

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Carl Nelson

Piece of Cake performing "Somebody" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Piece of Cake on the web at Bandcamp and Facebook.

What defines America? There's been a lot of talk about that this election season. Pianist Lara Downes has a musical answer in her upcoming album America Again. To be released Oct. 28, it's a smartly programmed, wide-ranging anthology of solo piano works by American composers past and present; male and female; straight and gay; rich and poor; white, black and Latino.

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The founder of the Beloit International Film Festival says he’ll step down from his position as executive director after the next festival takes place in the spring.  

In a season of relentless shouting, the best antidote might be singing. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's new album with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and the ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music, uses Baroque arias to explore the pain and possibilities of these troubled times. A companion website invites anyone and everyone to answer the simple but loaded question, "In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?"

Visitors to Rochelle this weekend will have a chance to see some unusual artwork in a field next to the city’s high school.  It’s an appropriate venue, because the material used is often found in a field.  It’s the first U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition.