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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Classical Spotlight
2:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Final Installment Of Midday Noels Features First Presbyterian Choir Chamber Singers

Conductor Tom Dooling.
First Presbyterian Church

Tom Dooling leads classical and traditional favorites

Join First Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary for their last mini-concert of the annual "Midday Noel," called Singing the Season. The First Presbyterian Choir Chamber Singers will present a concert of Christmas music from around the world. 

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Classical Spotlight
1:53 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Choral Group Voci di Sorelle Brings Glad Tidings To San Antonio

Voci di Sorelle.
Benissimo Music

Voci di Sorelle sings at UIW Chapel this Sunday!

Holiday music is a tradition for many different kinds of people, crossing race, faith and style lines. Sounds of the season vary with groups, but are also a tradition for many directors and ensembles.

"There is a lot of really good repertoire out there for this time of the year, and if it is not for women's voices, we make it that way!"

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Classical Spotlight
4:21 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Musica Sacra SA Presents Briggs And More For Advent

Conductor Robert Finster at TPR
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Not just a concert, but a service too

Already in their third season, Musica Sacra SA will perform Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Atonement. The program follows the Second Sunday of Advent - both musically and literally.

Robert Finster says there are familiar composers and one you might not know. "David Briggs is a great improviser for the organ, and has transcribed all of the Gigout solos! He works in London at a church, plus he composes very original pieces. I first heard of him on your radio station [KPAC] with Heart and Voice!"

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Classical Spotlight
11:25 am
Thu December 6, 2012

USAF Band Of The West Gives Musical Gift To San Antonio

Horizon Sax Quartet members
John Clare/Texas Public Radio

Three Chances To Hear Holiday In Blue

The USAF Band of the West's Concert Band & Various Ensembles perform this weekend at Edgewood ISD Theatre of Performing Arts, 607  SW 34th Street in San Antonio.

The free concerts are:

  • Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets may be printed from their website or picked up from the Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB ITT offices, Ft. Sam Houston MWR office, and the Fiesta Commission Office.

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Classical Spotlight
2:36 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Conspirare Christmas Brings Eclectic Mix To San Antonio

Craig Hella Johnson
Conspirare

Craig Hella Johnson returns with Company of Voices to Laurel Heights

Craig Hella Johnson adds new flavor to Conspirare’s annual collage of music and poetry,  mixed to "contemplate and celebrate," with music such as Felix Mendelssohn to Mos Def, and Leonard Bernstein to Leonard Cohen! Favorites from Richard Rogers and Eric Whitacre are also on tap.

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Classical Spotlight
12:33 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Camerata San Antonio Recital Features Co-Founder Emily Watkins-Freudigman

Freudigman plays with True at a private residence
Joseph Murgo

Violist is joined by Carolyn True in romantic favorites

Each season, Camerata San Antonio features one player in concert for the "Camerata Recital." This year will be the first for co-founder  Emily Watkins-Freudigman, who will play music by Benjamin Britten, Darius Milhaud, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Prokofiev.

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KPAC Blog
7:23 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Three New Releases Make Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Complete Cello Music of Robert Rodriguez
Albany Records

New Music is a great gift!

John Clare has been listening to a lot of new releases lately - these three recordings really stood out.

Robert Xavier Rodriguez might not be a new name for TPR listeners, he was composer in residence for the San Antonio Symphony years ago, and his operas are often produced in Austin, Houston and Dallas (besides in the world's opera houses.)

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Classical Spotlight
11:13 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Handel's Majestic Masterpiece Returns to San Antonio With Baroque Maestro

Patrick Dupre Quigley in his dressing room
Credit John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Patrick Dupre Quigley returns for The Messiah

It is the fourth time for Maestro Quigley to lead the San Antonio Symphony and third to conduct the Messiah. "I change it up each year, so if someone came last year, they won't hear the exact same thing, but I also include all the favorites - He Shall Feed His Flock, For Unto Us a Child is Born, and of course, the Hallelujah Chorus," says Patrick Quigley.

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Classical Spotlight
10:22 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Organ, Celtic, And Choral Noels From First Presbyterian Church Throughout December

Conductor Tom Dooling
First Presbyterian Church

Concert series begins Thursday December 6th at 12:00 p.m.

For over 30 years, First Presbyterian Church has offered lunchtime concerts downtown, and on three consecutive Thursdays this year, their tradition continues.

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Classical Spotlight
10:05 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Holidays Come To Life With Symphony Of The Hills And Jay Dunahoo

Jay Dunahoo at the TPR Studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Classical Favorites like the Messiah and Manneheim Steamroller on tap

Christmas Through the Ages shows many of sides to the Symphony of the Hills. They will play the first portion of 'The Messiah,' selections by Mannhein Steamroller's Chip Davis as well as A Canadian Brass Chrsitmas. Classical masterworks of Vaughan-Williams and Samuel Barber also round out the program at the Callioux Theater on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m..

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