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.

Jamie Jung

Tones and Colors is a new piano album inspired by artwork. Liza Stepanova presents music by Bach, Martinu, and Gyorgy Ligeti among others. Ligeti's original idea had been to compose twelve Études, in two books of six each, ala Debussy, but the scope of his etudes of our favorites from this new collection is the Infinite Column etude that Ligeti composed. You can hear it on What's New.

WBAA's John Clare had a chance to speak with Liza Stepanova about her CAG album Tones and Colors.

Tickling the ivories – what a wonderful phrase to describe playing the piano! We’re amazed about how many keyboard artists are on the rise, and how many recordings are around of the great masters.

We’ll hear from piano players young and old, and music from Bach to Adams on today’s What’s New.

Sol Hurok

The Iron Curtain, U-2 and Gary Powers, and culture all came together for pianist Byron Janis in 1960 as a United States cultural ambassador to the Soviet Union. While the US enjoyed pianist Sviatoslav Ritcher performing concerts in America, Janis performed in Moscow and Leningrad in 1960. While it has often been thought that officials and citizens were "bugged" and recorded for espionage, it came as quite a surprise that a concert had been recorded without the artist's knowledge.

Fast forward 48 years, and that historic performance by Byron Janis is now released by the artist himself. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Janis about the concert.

We're for sure you're going to love this new release! 

Pianist Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein with her new album For Lenny that includes "special friends and family tribute to the man behind the music." Lara has quite a diverse group of artists: beatboxer and Pentatonix member Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, folk/roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, baritone Thomas Hampson, and clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Downes about the new release, and how she put together the music and the musicians.

Josef Karl/Greg Firlotte

People throughout the world are familiar with and treasure Ludwig van Beethoven's Nine Symphonies. We'll feature not one, but TWO new sets of Beethoven’s symphonies: Peter Stangel with the Pocket Philharmonic AND Anima Eterna with conductor Jos Van Immerseel.

"B Side" is the flip side of a vinyl record containing rare, less mainstream track(s). The Lafayette Symphony calls their 3-concert series the "B-Sides" - an informal, intimate, and unconventional program in a nightclub setting. This Thursday, a range of music from Renaissance to Rock is on tap by the LSO mixed flute ensemble, led by piccolo player Laura Recendez.

WBAA John Clare spoke with Executive Director Sara Mummey about the concert.

Established in 1931, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is proud to be one of the oldest continuously active theatre organizations in the state. Civic found a permanent performance space in 1978 at the Monon Depot at 5th and North Streets in downtown Lafayette. 

John Clare talks to the new Managing Director of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Rachel Lopez, about volunteering, the history of the theater and upcoming productions.

The Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras take the stage at the Long Center this Friday evening at 8pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Adam Bodony about the concert.

Purdue University Galleries presents “Memory of Hope, ” with works by photographer Aïda Muluneh at the Fountain Gallery from February 27 through March 31. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Purdue Galleries Director Liz Erlewine about the new show.

A first for Purdue undergraduate students studying art and design, the Art and Design annual juried show is in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery inside Stewart Center.  The exhibit will be open February 26 through March 9. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Director of Purdue Galleries Liz Erlewine about the show.