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
9:33 am
Fri April 12, 2013

YOSA On The (Fun) Run With Beethoven

Angel Whitley and Steven Payne at TPR
Chris Eudaily/TPR

YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) are usually on the move, but this weekend, they hope you will join them in a 5k/10k fun run. This is the second year the group has led a "Beat Beethoven's Fifth" race and they are joined by Fleet Feet Sports San Antonio, as well as Texas Public Radio, for the event Saturday morning.

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Classical Spotlight
9:10 am
Fri April 12, 2013

SOLI Is Surreal For McNay Exhibit

SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Courtesy of the artist

While SOLI Chamber Ensemble typically performs 10 to 12 times a season on their subscription series, this year has allowed audiences to hear them a few more times in special settings. This weekend the modern quartet, recognized in January by ASCAP for their adventurous programming, collaborates with the McNay Art Museum for a program called SO(LI) Surreal, based on their visiting Whitney Art Museum exhibit Real/Surreal

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KPAC Blog
9:52 am
Thu April 11, 2013

"Night" Is A Bold And Beautiful New Recording

New release "Night"
Courtesy of Sony Classical

Mixing genres in music can be easily compared to cooking, or baking. But none of them are easy tasks. While Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt make it sound (and even look) effortless, their journey together wasn't easy. Night, their collaboration out now on Sony Classical, is delicious.

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Classical Spotlight
8:44 am
Thu April 11, 2013

France's Hottest String Quartet On Tour And En Route To San Antonio

The "Ebony Quartet" or Quatour Ebene
Julien Mignot

Sunday afternoon marks the season finale of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society for 2012-13. The concert at Temple Beth-El features the hottest French group in chamber music, Quatour Ebene. They have been heralded by critics far and wide as the gold standard in music making.

Cellist Raphael Merlin took some time before the quartet left Paris to talk with TPR's John Clare about touring, their new Mendelssohn album, and switching violinists. Hear the interview in the audio player above.

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Classical Spotlight
1:51 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Verdi's Operatic Requiem Featured This Weekend

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
John Clare TPR Arts

This weekend the San Antonio Symphony is joined by soloists and choirs to present Verdi's Requiem. The program will include three choirs and four soloists, in addition to a full orchestra.

"It was natural to feature Verdi during this anniversary," says conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. "It truly is operatic, and you'll hear that with our amazing soloists, choruses."

April 12 & 13, 2013 at 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre

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KPAC Blog
11:17 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Minneapolis' Uptown Brass Are Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Uptown Brass in the studio
Chris Eudaily/TPR

The Uptown Brass Quintet consists of the principal brass players from the Minnesota Orchestra (according to writer/critic Alex Ross as "the greatest orchestra in the world.") This particular ensemble of musicians have been playing over a decade together, and you'll hear it in their comradery and especially in their music making.  Typically the group presents community concerts and educational outreach around Minnesota and whereever the orchestra is touring. But since last October, these musicians have been locked out of work.

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Classical Spotlight
3:57 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Cellist Returns To San Antonio For Brilliant Encore

Cellist Darrett Adkins
Tuesday Music Club

An interview with Darrett Adkins

It's literally why he was asked to return: Chopin's Polonaise Brilliant. "They remembered me playing it the last time I was at the Tuesday Music Club, and asked for us to play it again!" Chopin rounds out a romantic program for Cellist Darrett Adkins, who is no stranger to Alamo city. "I came here for the first concert of conductor Troy Peters - we grew up in the same home town. I even played solos with his high school orchestra back in Washington." Adkins also has played with the Zephyr Trio, who were guests of the Tuesday Music Club not long ago. 

This program is filled with romantic selections like Brahms and Chopin, a little more conservative than the music Adkins is known for, which usually mixes new music with a Bach cello suite.

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Classical Spotlight
10:35 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Brubeck Tribute Shows Jazzy Side Of Musical Offerings

Musical Offerings ensemble for Jazz Meets Classical XXI
Susan Riley

Monday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 9th mark the twenty-first annual Jazz Meets Classical concerts of Musical Offerings.   The performances include traditional classical composers and jazz, and often mix the two genres! This year the theme includes tributes to the great composer and performer Dave Brubeck, who passed last December.

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KPAC Blog
8:06 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Flying Colors For Lark Quartet Playing Higdon

Just out from Bridge Records, An Exultation of Larks
Courtesy of Bridge Records

Three new chamber works on new Bridge cd

While the Tokyo String Quartet commissioned and premiered "An Exaltation of Larks," it is almost poetic that the Lark String Quartet has recorded the work by Jennifer Higdon. In fact, the larks have quite a history with new music and Jennifer Higdon.

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KPAC Blog
12:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Updated: Last Weekend Of Public Radio Music Month At KPAC!

Conductor David Mairs, Mid Texas Symphony
Chris Eudaily/TPR

Update: (April 24 at 2:00 p.m.) We start the homestretch of Public Radio Music Month with an encore airing of The Five Browns Live in Boerne on Saturday, April 27  at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, April 28 at noon, David Mairs from the Mid Texas Symphony kicks off a day of guest DJs.

Sunday's schedule:

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