John Clare

John Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin.  A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked with Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and stations in Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania.

In 2005, Clare earned the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP for radio broadcasting, citing his work on 20/20 Hearing. 

Having performed with famed tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, Clare has played with the Mid Texas Symphony, Nevada Chamber Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic and Wichita Symphony Orchestra.  An avid chamber music lover, John founded the Las Vegas Chamber Music Society in 2004. He has served on the boards of the American Music Center in New York City, and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society.

Clare is now the Program Director of Classically Austin KMFA 89.5.

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KPAC Blog
7:04 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Summer Music Festivals, A Swipe Away

Pianist Katia Buniatishvili
courtesy of the artist

iPhone and iPad users have a great new app to explore classical music and live performances. Now in the Apple iTunes store, MediciTV Festivals is available for free. App users can stay connected following classical news through a Twitter timeline and medici.tv content from Facebook updates (shown on the right side of the screen.)

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KPAC Blog
10:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Cooking Up Conversations With Classical Musicians

Guests of the first 'Sarah's Prelude & Food'
courtesy of the artist

These days artists and organizations are reaching out to connect with audiences. Preconcert talks, galas, and  after show receptions are the norm. Even preconcert interviews and videos make up a large part of audience outreach.

There have been creative endeavors, including classical music cruises, new performances spaces like art galleries and bars, plus new social media outlets such as twitter, youtube, facebook, and instagram! You may have even seen classical cookbooks: Pavarotti's pasta, Die Oper Kocht, and a whole slew of others.

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KPAC Blog
2:19 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Listening To Wagner's Ring With A Roadmap Of Sorts

Richard Wagner
Courtesy of Wikipedia

I recently came across a steal. A friend on a social network posted that a recording was $6. That may seem normal for an mp3 release, or mildly cheap if you purchase an iTunes release for $9.99. But this particular recording was live from Bayreuth - the complete Ring der Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. Yes, all four operas.

The whole world has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth this year (his birthday is May 22). Summer festivals have been playing his music, and several cycles of the Ring are programmed for companies this fall and winter.

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Classical Spotlight
4:21 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Q Chamber Music Series Cues Up Woodwind Quintets

Members of Q
courtesy of the artist

The newest chamber music series, Q, continues this week with an all woodwind quintet program. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, this weekend will mark the return of the formerly Boston based quintet, Q. "We struggled with the name, it was Quintuplets, Woodwind Fire (a pun on Earth, Wind and Fire), but we decided Q was best," says Berg.

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Classical Spotlight
11:45 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Young Composer Unites Sounds And Friends

Violinist and Composer Darian Thomas
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Strings and Songs and Solidarity! - a concert featuring compositions by Darian Thomas, will be performed by high school and college musicians this weekend at the Carver Community Cultural Center.  Thomas hopes you'll "support the contemporary classical music scene of San Antonio, and enjoy the vibrant sounds of youth coming together for a common goal!"

Here is a great example of Darian's artistry, a performance from last May with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's Philharmonic Orchestra and Troy Peters:

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Classical Spotlight
7:56 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Cactus Pear Music Festival Heats Up With Strings

Pianist James Winn and Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
courtesy of the artist

More concerts and outreach events are on tap for the Cactus Pear Music Festival's 17th annual season this week. 

Three young people's concerts are free and open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. The musicians of the Young Artists Program, led by Craig Sorgi, play on these concerts. They will also perform Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes on the festival finale Sunday evening.

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Classical Spotlight
11:30 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Cactus Pear Music Festival Dreams Up New Programs

Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, founder and artistic director of Cactus Pear Music Festival
Credit courtesy of the artist

The seventeenth season of the Cactus Pear Music Festival gets underway Wednesday afternoon in Boerne with a children's concert. The theme this year is "Dreams & Prayers." 

"When my trio was putting together the Jalbert [Piano Trio], I kept thinking of the Messiaen [Quartet for the End of Time] - we worked on it two years ago - so it's interesting that somehow I put the two pieces together. They make great bookends to the "Into the Mystic" program!" says Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.

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Classical Spotlight
8:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

USAF Band Of The West Celebrates Independence Day

Airmen Ainsley Davis and Jennifer Daffinee at the TPR studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

This week starts local performances with Lackland Air Force Base's Band of the West, led by Captain Michael Hoerber. The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are recommended for early seating. (For the San Antonio concerts at Sea World, admission is required to the park, but the concert is free inside.)

The patriotic program includes music of all branches of the military, and span from the Revolutionary War to today. Ensembles include their Concert Band, Dimensions in Blue, Warhawk, and  soloists Ainsley Davis and Jennifer Daffinee.

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KPAC Blog
8:44 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Video: New Harp Release Focuses On American Composers

The latest from Yolanda Kondonassis
courtesy of the artist

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis grew up in Oklahoma. She made her debut (at age 18!) with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and has since toured worldwide, with every major orchestra. On top of her busy schedule, Yolanda heads the harp department at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, and has even written a children's book about conservation (see the related story below).

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Classical Spotlight
11:15 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Church Choirs Preview English Cathedral Residency

Dr. Joseph Causby
John Clare/Texas Public Radio

The St. Mark's Choir and Youth Choir are going to Exeter Cathedral to be choir in residence from July 22-July 28. They will be responsible for singing daily services, with one day off! In total, they will perform 7 services (two on Sunday).

This weekend, Sunday at 4pm, the choirs are presenting a concert entitled, "Exeter in Texas" were they offer a preview of some of the music:

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