John Clare

Music Director

John Nasukaluk 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 Texas, 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, John has played with the Mozart Festival Texas, 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. Clare has written an introductory new music novel Composing Thoughts: Great Starts and is planning two more volumes. John has also served on the advisory board of NEWMUSIC USA, the boards of the American Music Center in New York City, and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society.

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Forest of History is an exhibition installation from Myung Gyun, You at the Fountain Gallery from August 18th to September 23rd. It features a site-specific art installation of imposing, abstract sculptures made with dyed newspapers from all over the world. Inspired by nature, the installation asks viewers to consider: their own place in the world, encouraging thought about cultural identity, nationality, and heritage, as constructs within the context of natural phenomena. John Clare spoke to Liz Erlewine, Gallery Coordinator.

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Medals have historically been given as prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze…They represent the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes! The custom of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals for the highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century.

We’ll hear from award winning pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Martina Filjak on this episode of What’s New.

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Conductors lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music. Music directors may spend a lot of time traveling to different performances. Composers can work in offices, recording studios, or their own homes. Employment of music directors and composers is projected to grow just 3 percent over the next ten years, slower than most occupations. Despite expected audience growth, competition for posts is very high. We’ll hear from conductors who compose including Esa Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on this What’s New.

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The first volume of Byron Janis on Tour celebrates the 70th anniversary of the celebrated pianist's first recording released by RCA, and is dedicated to his son Stefan. WBAA's John Clare spoke to the 89 year old Janis about the recordings.

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Grammy award winner Lucinda Williams performs Saturday night at Loeb Playhouse to start Purdue Convocations' new season.  WBAA's John Clare spoke to her about touring, and more.

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John Clare talks to Kati Davis of the Loving Heart Animal Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter and adoption organization. Activities coming up this month include the BOW WOW Film Fest on Sunday, August 6th, and the 2nd Annual Sizzlin' Summer Fest on Saturday, August 19th.

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We’re featuring some covers and popular music with classical groups on this episode. While often associated with early rock and roll music, Jukeboxes and their popularity extends back much earlier, including swing, opera, and classical music! We’ll hear popular selections from David Bowie, the Beatles, and talk with Jethro Tull flutist Ian Anderson on today’s What’s New.

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Scriabin’s Sonata No. 3, Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, and Schubert’s Op. 90 Impromptus are featured with pianist Katherine Jacobson on a new Steinway Classics Series recording. The lush sounding, compelling new disc was produced with the late award winning producer Max Wilcox.

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Mstislav Rostropovich was one of the great cellists of all time. Over 100 works were written for him by composers as diverse as Krzysztof Penderecki, Olivier Messiaen, Lukas Foss, and Leonard Bernstein. We’ll hear gems with “Slava,” Rostropovich’s nickname that translates as “glory,” from a set of complete recordings on Warner Classics: Mstislav Rostropovich – Cellist of the Century on today’s What’s New.

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The banjo was originally made by Africans in America, adapted from instruments of similar design in Africa. It is often associated with country, folk, Irish traditional and bluegrass music. But did you know the five-string banjo was been used in classical music - since before the turn of the 20th century?

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