John Clare

Classical Music Host

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.

Currently, Clare is on the advisory board of NEWMUSIC USA, and a violinist with Mozart Festival Texas. He has also served on the boards of the American Music Center in New York City, and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society.

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Classical Spotlight
9:42 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lang-Lessing Brings Symphonies And Concertos To Brahms Festival

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony debuts on its curated concerts at the Majestic

While the San Antonio Symphony usually plays one pair of identical subscription concerts, their Brahms Festival will show different programs each day. The festival and concerts started back in January, but this Friday will mark the symphony's first concerts for the festival.

Kirill Gerstein will perform both Piano Concertos and the other half of the Friday and Saturday concerts will have the First and Second Symphonies.

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Classical Spotlight
10:49 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Old Organ Gets New Lease On Life In Downtown

St. Mark's Organ
Kegg Organ dot com

St. Mark's completes 8-month refurbishing of organ, sanctuary

Sunday morning will reveal what started over eight months ago: a revitalization and refurbishing of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.   

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Classical Spotlight
10:43 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Sorgi & Thomason vs. Mid Texas Symphony In Saturday's 'Superbow'

Mozart
Wikipedia

Mozart and Schubert on tap in New Braunfels Saturday night

The Mid Texas Symphony continues their 35th season with "Superbows" -- the music of Mozart and Schubert. Featured in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante is violinist Craig Sorgi and violist Eliza Thomason.

"The second movement is just an incredibly poetic and emotionally deep movement to play."

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Classical Spotlight
9:55 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Silver Medalist Returns To San Antonio For Brahms Festival

Pianist Andrea Lam
Credit Greg Barrett

Groundhog Day recital includes Brahms' Piano Pieces, Opus 118  

On Saturday night, Andrea Lam returns to the stage where just four years ago she was awarded the Silver Medal in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Lam will play Mozart, Brahms, and a new work by the Australian composer Nigel Westlake. "He has done some classical composing, but he has also done some movie scores. I really love his harmonic language, and he really incorporates a lot of rhythm in his music as well."

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Classical Spotlight
2:48 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Striking Up The Band: Drumline Live Comes To Boerne

Drumline Live coming to South Texas
Drumline Live

Marching band will fill Boerne Champion High School Auditorium

Drumline Live is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. With rhythm, bold beats and energy, the stage show is a synchronized musical showcase. Incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits, group performances ranges from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.

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Classical Spotlight
2:29 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Opera Piccola Shares The Gypsy Love In Music And Dance

Saturday night at OLLU
Opera Piccola

Brahms Fest continues Saturday night at OLLU

Voices, piano, and dance all come together at the Brahms Festival this weekend with Opera Piccola's Gypsy Love.  Two sets of Gypsy songs and the New Lovesong Waltzes will be performed with a quartet of singers.

The Ballet Arts School will interpret these songs, with original choreography.  

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Classical Spotlight
3:52 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Call YOSA, Maybe? Pop Up Event Highlights Lighter Side of Orchestra

Troy Peters at TPR
John Clare TPR

Troy Peters has arranged and organized contemporary tunes for fundraiser

Saturday night Radius becomes much more than offices and a restaurant; the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio will transform the space to an orchestral club. "And the idea is that we just show up with an orchestra in various places, and we've memorized a song, we've worked out an arrangement together, and we sing and play songs that people aren't used to orchestral musicians perform," says Music Director Troy Peters.

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Classical Spotlight
3:46 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Karen Kamensek Leads Unique Concert With San Antonio Symphony

Conductor Karen Kamensek at TPR
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Program has rarities from Chabrier and Ives

While this weekend's program is setup traditionally as an overture, concerto and symphony, the music is more than just everyday. "If anything is typical, it's the concerto that we're playing, the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, which itself isn't typical, but it's the one where people might know the melodies," says Karen Kamensek.

The return of this former Houston Opera conductor to Texas also welcomes an American gem, Charles Ives' Symphony No. 2.

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Classical Spotlight
3:08 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Brahms & Beyond Offers Romance And Rarities With Timothy Jones

Pianist Brent Watkins rehearses with Musical Offerings led by Akiko Fujimoto
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

From Dvorak to Schoenberg, music by and influences of Johannes Brahms on the BrahmsSA Festival opening concert 

Musical Offerings is proud to present the first concert of the 2013 BrahmsFest SA. Their program includes Dohnanyi, Brahms, Dvorak, and Schoenberg.  

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Classical Spotlight
1:29 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Masterclass Clowns (Video): Igudesman And Joo Stop In San Antonio

Igudesman & Joo.
Julia Wesely

They have had over 14 million views on YouTube, John Malkovitch has appeared on stage and film with them, and Maestro Bernard Haitink loves them. Igudesman and Joo have been performing since they met in music school.

"We call ourselves more eclectic: many different styles that don't seem to fit together. Somehow fabulously do fit together, and at the same time, combined with theater and comedy, it's a special combination."

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