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
4:58 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Movie/Music Review: Soundtrack For New Bond Movie 'Skyfall' Soars

Composer Thomas Newman
Credit Simon Fernandez/Wikipedia

This weekend, the latest James Bond film opened and earned over 87 million dollars. Thomas Newman  is the ninth composer in the James Bond series' history, and his score for "Skyfall" is masterful. He has worked with director Sam Mendes as composer before, with "American Beauty" and "Jarhead."

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3:46 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Goodbye Emerson! Hello Music!

Lead in text: 
They are a staple on air, and perhaps in your record collection. My first SACMS concert brought the Emerson Quartet here in San Antonio, and I was invited to have dinner with them. We had just met up in Harrisburg where I had left that spring, and they had played. Now, cellist David Finckel has left the quartet and is writing about it. Do you have a great Emerson story or musical memory?
Having announced that I would be vacating my chair as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet I had sailed through the rest of the densely-packed 2011-12 winter season, putting off for a future date the heavy thinking that I knew would come into play as my final year of concerts approached.
Classical Spotlight
3:11 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Band Of Brahms: Heart Of Texas Concert Band Plays Symphonic Masterpiece

Conductor Mark Rogers
Heart of Texas Concert Band

Mark Rogers finds masterworks for Wind Ensemble:

The idea of a symphony for band isn't new, but hearing Brahms' First Symphony for wind ensemble might confuse you at first. Mark assures us that we will like it, and that the arrangement fits.

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Classical Spotlight
2:35 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Harlandale Youth Shine In Choir - Project: Sing! Presents Fall Concert

Children's Chorus of San Antonio.
CCSA

Project: Sing! is the Children's Chorus of San Antonio's community outreach program serving elementary children in grades 3 through 6 in the Harlandale, San Antonio and Edgewood school districts and area private schools. Participating students who do not have the opportunity or access to CCSA’s core programs join together weekly in their own neighborhood for one or two condensed semesters of singing, learning, and sharing taught by their staff.

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Classical Spotlight
2:28 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Songs To The Virgin With Copperleaf Quintet: Choral Chamber Music At The San Antonio Museum of Art

Ruth Moreland.
Benissimo Music

Ruth Moreland loves pairing music with art. "There is something about singing in a space and having this art right there. Nothing better for the performers or the audience!" she says.

The Copperleaf Quintet, which Moreland founded and sings in, will set the galleries alive with songs about the Madonna.  San Antonio Museum of Art hosts Copperleaf in the Spanish Colonial Gallery for a concert of Renaissance vocal music reflecting the art in SAMA's current "Rostros de Maria" exhibit. 

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Classical Spotlight
12:59 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Eliza Thomason Presents Colorful Viola Recital, 'Wild Purple,' at TLU

Eliza Thomason plays Wild Purple by Joan Tower in the Texas Public Radio mail room.
John Clare Texas Public Radio

Viola is the middle voice of the string family and is often considered more mellow than the violin. At Texas Lutheran University, Eliza Thomason leads the string department, teaching strings and conducting the student orchestra. This Sunday she'll be joined by Dr. Eric Daub in music by Bach, Schumann, Joan Tower and Rebecca Clarke.

The recital is free and open to the public. Sunday, November 11, at 4 p.m. in Wupperman Theater in the fine arts building on the TLU campus.

Eliza played for TPR staff and volunteers at a "tiny desk" concert:

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Classical Spotlight
12:23 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Inspirational Gardens: Pianist Martina Filjak Solos With San Antonio Symphony

Pianist Martina Filjak
Romano Grozich

"It's harder than it looks. You practice it, and it seems pretty straight forward. But when you add the orchestra, with the scoring and rhythms, it is not as easy as it seems, in fact it is really hard!" said Martina Filjak discussing Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla.

Martina has played the piece for ten years now, and recently visited the gardens that inspired the work in Sierra de Cordoba.

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Classical Spotlight
12:07 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Paul Jacobs Returns For Organ Masterworks At The Tuesday Music Club

Organist Paul Jacobs.
Tuesday Music Club

Paul Jacobs is one of the leading organists of his time, and is passing along that knowledge and skill to the next generation at the Juilliard School. Known for his stunning new music performances, Jacobs is equally mesmerizing in the "standards."

San Antonio audiences can hear Paul play Bach, Mozart, and "a pair of ladies, from France - Nadia Boulanger, known for her teaching generations of composers, in a work for organ." Jacobs also says he is looking forward to spending time in San Antonio.

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KPAC Blog
4:18 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

RIP, Award Winning American Composer Elliott Carter

News coming across the web that American composer Elliott Carter has passed. At 103, he just received honors from France, world premieres around the globe, and a new recording of his Cello Concerto.

KPAC Blog
2:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

KPAC's 30th Anniversary: 30 Great Violinists

Janine Jansen and John Clare.
Credit Ernesto Tamayo

This month, KPAC celebrates thirty years in broadcasting. Our hosts are having some fun sharing "30 lists" - artists, music, movies, and recordings you might enjoy and help shape the great sound of your classical oasis.

Kicking things off is Afternoon Host John Clare with 30 Great Violinists! (They are in no particular order, and were chosen keeping in mind the artist was available to be heard on Spotify)

Click here to listen to these violinists on Spotify

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