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
5:01 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Air Force Band Joins San Antonio Symphony to Honor Veterans

Gateway Brass at TPR
Chris Eudaily

Second year for band and symphony to collaborate!

This Veteran's Day, music from Leonard Bernstein, John Phillip Sousa, and George Gershwin will fill the Majestic Theatre as the San Antonio Symphony is joined by the US Air Force's Band of the West.

"We'll use some of their players, they'll use some of our players, and we will all join together for Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!" said Captain Mike Hoerber, adding that it is a great way to continue the mission of the band.

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Classical Spotlight
2:49 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Legendary Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman in Residence With YOSA

Richard Stoltzman, courtesy of YOSA

Richard Stoltzman is a legendary musician, winning Grammy Awards, playing chamber music, new music and concerti around the world. He's also famous for his jazz, playing with greats like Woody Herman, Mel Torme, and Chick Corea. This weekend, Stoltzman will share his artistry with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic.

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Classical Spotlight
2:47 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Debuts Friday to Sold Out Crowd

Carlos Izcaray
COSA

After a journey of five years, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio makes their first concert appearance at Pearl Stables.

Conductor Carlos Izcaray will lead works by Mozart, Wagner, Monteverdi, Varese, J.C. Bach and Ives. The program is called "The Perennial Contest."

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1:24 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Composers Write Music - And Words Too!

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Did you hear Paul Moravec's new work this weekend at the San Antonio International Piano Competition? Composers communicate to us with music, but they also write words sometimes as well. Composer Jennifer Jolley writes a great blog about music - check it out!
I recently had to ask myself the question of "why study composition?" to convince future liberal arts students (and especially their parents) that they should study music composition.
Classical Spotlight
12:59 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Russians are Coming to the Mid Texas Symphony!

Conductor David Mairs.

Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on tap

An easy description for the Mid Texas Symphony program at Brauntex Theatre Sunday afternoon is, 'music just right for children of all ages.'

"Every time I hear it, there is just such passion," says director David Mairs. "Whether I was playing it (on french horn), or conducting it, or even just listening, I think Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony is such a masterpiece, with hummable melodies!"

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Classical Spotlight
4:31 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Competing Pianists: 11th San Antonio International Piano Competition Underway

Emily Townsend repairing a piano.
Emily Townsend

Thursday the field narrowed to eight competitors and will go down to five pianists for the finals at the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

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Classical Spotlight
12:22 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Berlioz and beyond: Sebastian Lang-Lessing returns to the podium

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

After a busy summer that included concerts in Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, and a recording with Renee Fleming, Sebastian Lang-Lessing leads his first concert of the season.

"It's the most exciting concert!" said Lang-Lessing. "Of course, I'm going to say that about every concert."

The varied program includes violinist Baiba Skride in Robert Schumann's Concerto in d minor.

"Baiba and I were to have performed several times, and it has just never worked out, so I am very excited to have her solo in San Antonio, in one of the most dramatic works."

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Classical Spotlight
2:43 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Glory of Gabrieli: San Antonio Choral Society opens its 48th season

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society San Antonio Choral Society

It is the splendor of multiple choirs & brass in this 400th anniversary celebration of Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (d.1612). Special guest artists will include the San Antonio Brass, strings, and the choirs from First Presbyterian Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church to culminate in a performance of nearly 150 musicians.

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Classical Spotlight
9:19 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto Gets New Orchestration for Strings

James Dick and John Clare

James Dick has a good relationship with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and conductor Mischa Rachlevsky; in fact they have performed together previously in Texas, as well as in Moscow.

"They're the finest players in Russia, either in the conservatory or playing professionally," says soloist James Dick. "It is a pleasure to work with them. I can also guarantee you haven't heard Beethoven like this before, a new orchestration that has written the wind parts out for the strings and piano. It is breathtaking!"

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Classical Spotlight
9:07 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Go for the Gold! Eleven competitors vie for $40,000 in prizes

Paul Moravec

On Sunday, October 14, the San Antonio International Piano Competition gets underway at Trinity University's Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. The eleven young men and women hail from Malaysia to Italy, and China to the United States. They will play music by Beethoven, baroque and a new piece written by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Paul Moravec.

"Of course I have to make it difficult." Moravec says, adding that it is not just about virtuosity. "I wanted the work to be beautiful, and hopefully helpful for the competitors, that they can use it later in their career on recitals."

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