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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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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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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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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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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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: