John Clare

Classical Music Host

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.

Currently, Clare is on the advisory board of NEWMUSIC USA, and a violinist with Mozart Festival Texas. He has also served on the boards of the American Music Center in New York City, and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society.

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Classical Spotlight
1:35 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Choruses Create Winter Magic In Holiday Music Celebration At Concordia

Winter Magic this weekend with CCSA
CCSA

The Children's Chorus of San Antonio performs at Concordia Lutheran Church

It's a new location for Winter Magic with the Children's Chorus of San Antonio! "Our numbers have grown this year which is absolutely wonderful, but we needed a larger space," says Marguerite McCormick.

"We combine the choirs in a couple of different ways - sometimes two or three of the training choirs will sing together, sometimes the advanced choirs will sing together, and then we do feature all seven choirs; all 250 plus children in this concert!"

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Classical Spotlight
1:29 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Love In Art And Music: Inspirations Of Aphrodite And More From Musical Offerings

Joan Christenson
Musical Offerings

Joan Christenson opens season at the San Antonio Museum of Art

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Classical Spotlight
11:42 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Fredericksburg Chorale Brings Old And New Together For Christmas Concerts

Mark Hierholzer
Fredericksburg Chorale

Christmas Concert includes Bach, Saint-Saens and Hierholzer

It is a busy time of year, but the Fredericksburg Chorale are prepared and ready for three concerts Friday and Saturday.

"We have all ages: sixteen, seventeen, twenty-year-olds to ninety, and ninety-five-year-old members! It really is a great mix, and a delight to hear the teamwork," says director Mark Hierholzer.

Hierholzer will have a new work on the program and lead selections from the keyboard.

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Classical Spotlight
2:05 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Akiko Fujimoto Leads The Nutcracker: Russian Ballet And Italian Baroque On Tap For Symphony

Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

Akiko Fujimoto is the assistant director of the San Antonio Symphony and her duties include giving pre-concert talks, knowing the repertory just in case (called cover conductor), conducting educational and pops concerts, and this year leading a new series of baroque concerts with musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. All of that happens to overlap this week with performances of the Nutcracker.

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KPAC Blog
9:19 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Top Ten Thankful Classical Songs

Traditional Thanksgiving
Credit Wikipedia

We love Top Ten lists just as much as the next guy, so here goes our Thanksgiving Edition! (click on the title to hear an example!)

#10. Leonard Bernstein: Turkey Trot (Divertimento)

#9. Trad, arr Carmen: Turkey in the Straw

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Classical Spotlight
11:07 am
Mon November 19, 2012

A Queen Of Dramatic Roles: Joyce DiDonato Is Simply Regal In Latest Release

Drama Queens, now out on EMI/Virgin Classics
Courtesy of EMI

Beloved and rarities abound on Drama Queens

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Classical Spotlight
2:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Celebrate Candlelight And Chorus With San Antonio Youth Choirs

Children's Chorus of San Antonio.
CCSA

Marguerite McCormick leads the Children's Chorus of San Antonio

It's an evening of seasonal music by candlelight presented by the "elite choirs": the Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale. This year CCSA brightens Laurel Heights United Methodist Church with their music!

"This is always a very special concert because we can do more with programming, we can feature more groups within the choruses because these youngsters are the elite, the advanced groups," says Marguerite.

Saturday November 17, at 7:00 pm

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Classical Spotlight
2:14 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

New Sounds From UIW Composer: Darian Thomas Mixes Old And New With Four World Premieres!

Composer & Violinist Darian Thomas.
John Clare Texas Public Radio

Friday night sees four new works by Darian Thomas at the Radius Center in San Antonio. 

It will include "Rant" - for solo viola with Jill Van Gee; "St. Anthony's Trio" - For string trio with Thomas, Darryl Tolliver, and Luke Bonecutter; "Juli-o" - For solo cello and rapper, featuring Luke Bonecutter and Derwin Mello Pokell Bios; and "The British Quartet." 

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Classical Spotlight
2:06 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Polish Pianist Ewa Kupiec Returns To Symphony For Impressionistic Masterpiece

Ewa Kupiec
Laion

Ewa Kupiec plays Ravel's masterful Piano Concerto in G

Ewa has previously played Beethoven in San Antonio, and performed with maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing several times, including the work they'll play this weekend.

"I trust him [Lang-Lessing], which is essential these days, when you're breathing together, and making music together, without tension, you know what is coming next, and you enjoy each other!"

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Classical Spotlight
3:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

SA Mastersingers Revisit Sing For The Cure: Benefit For Breast Cancer Research This Sunday

John Silantien in the TPR Studios.
John Clare Texas Public Radio

It has been three years since the San Antonio Mastersingers performed Sing for the Cure, a work created by Pamela Martin and Brant Adams. Director John Silantien says "every time you look at it [Sing for the Cure], you can see something different, and it touches everybody! I mean it is just so powerful in its reach, and this topic of breast cancer, it seems like it is in everyone's life."

Donations are being accepted by the choral group, as well as "pink notes" that will be displayed at the concert.

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