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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8:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Dvorak Dazzles With Cypress Quartet's New Release

Cypress Quartet interview by John Clare
Nathan Cone TPR

The Cypress String Quartet has been together for over 15 years, and the latest project shows their roots - and their uncanny charm in Antonin Dvorak's "Cypresses," & "Opus 106." The album also marks their first recording with Avie Records, having previously produced their own albums and worked with Naxos and Summit Records.

The Cypress Quartet's playing is refined and passionate. Both works on the album are highly crafted, although they come from different times in Dvorak's life, and the quartet allows each to shine. 

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Classical Spotlight
3:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Handel's 'Messiah' To Be Featured At First Presbyterian

The final page of Handel's "Messiah"
Courtesy of the British Library

Tom Dooling leads Parts 2 & 3 of Handel's masterpiece  

Handel's Messiah Parts II and III are the program this Sunday for the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, accompanied by a baroque ensemble playing on period instruments. Tom Dooling conducts the free concert that starts at 4 p.m.

"Messiah was popular in its day, and throughout history a real staple," says Dooling. "It is probably one of the most, if not THE most recognizable choral/orchestral works in the repertoire."

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Classical Spotlight
3:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Leading Violinist Solos And Conducts San Antonio Symphony

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin
Courtesy of the artist

Cho-Liang Lin features Vivaldi and Schubert this weekend in San Antonio

On tap Friday and Saturday night at the Majestic are Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" plus three works by the romantic composer Franz Schubert: Two violin and orchestra works, plus his "Symphony No. 6."

Leading the program is violinist/conductor Cho-Liang "Jimmy" Lin.

Lin is a world class violin soloist, recording artist and the artistic director of the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. He talks about the San Antonio program, how he began conducting, and the importance of teaching.

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Classical Spotlight
9:15 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Composers Connect And Inspire At Choral Directors Convention

JAC Redford, Roxanna Panufnik, and Ben Parry
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

American Choral Directors Association convention in Dallas 

Three composers recently sat down with John Clare to discuss new music, choral music, and what it's like working as a composer in the 21st century.

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New Release
11:14 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Two Sides Of Mozart With Pianist Alessio Bax's New CD

Courtesy of the artist

Two concerti plus variations make up this new Signum Classics disc

Pianist Alessio Bax is one of the most exciting young pianists today. His accolades include first prizes in the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Alessio has just been named the 2013 recipient of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

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Classical Spotlight
10:39 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Leaders Visit San Antonio

David Finckel and Wu Han
Courtesy of the artist

Husband and wife duo present romantic sonatas

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New Release
5:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Korevaar Is Bach For More With Partitas On New Disc

Latest release
Courtesy of MSR

Pianist David Korevaar balances an active performance career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His latest release includes the Six Partitas for Keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Listen to David talk about how he chose these works and the difficulty of making beautiful music from a composer’s "little black dots."

Watch an HD video of their talk here:

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Classical Spotlight
11:26 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Hear The 5 Browns Live In Boerne

The Four Browns and Stephen Beus
courtesy of the artist

On Saturday, February 9 there was a sold out crowd at the Boerne Performing Arts presentation of The 5 Browns. The piano quintet is comprised of five sibling Juilliard pianists, two brothers and three sisters.

  • Stephen Beus, a fellow Juilliard student of the Browns, sat in for Desirae, one of the sisters.

Since being dubbed the "Fab Five" by People Magazine, the group has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Today, and The Tonight Show.

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Classical Spotlight
11:26 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Connecting Worlds And Culture With Choral Music

mwangazachoir.org

Wednesday night there is a chance to hear choral music with a twist. Mwangaza Children's Choir is a group of Ugandan children (ages 8-12) who represent the orphaned and poor youth of their country.

Mwangaza means "shining light" in Swahili. The majority of their concerts are performed in English, but some parts are in their native language.

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Youth Musicians
1:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

YOSA Player Selected To Carnegie Hall's First National Youth Orchestra

Weston McCall playing in the TPR Studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

It's a Friday afternoon, and while Weston McCall could be playing a video game, hanging out with friends, or studying Latin, he is playing musical excerpts on his French Horn in the TPR studios.

"Not all my friends really know all the stuff I am involved in, I mean they know I'm in YOSA, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and a few of my friends know I applied for it, but my friends at school - they're proud of me, they're really happy, but I know that they have no clue about what I'm talking about."

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