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.

John Clare

Melissa Resch is an international artist with roots in Lafayette. While primarily known for her painting, Resch is inspired by everyday objects and a plethora of mediums that range from watercolors, candleholders, key chains, and her newest genre, pottery!

She is the first Visiting Artist at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, and is featured in a solo show, Homecoming, at ART of Framing. Music Director John Clare spoke with Melissa about her art, teaching, and traveling.

What's New: Cello

Jul 23, 2016
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Jean-Louis Duport played the cello. The sweetness and beauty of his tone is said to have surprised Voltaire, who supposedly quipped, "Monsieur Duport, you will make me believe in miracles, for I see that you can turn an ox into a nightingale."

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Actor Edmund Gwenn – Kris Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street – is supposed to have said on his deathbed, “Yes, dying is tough, but not as tough as comedy.”

We’ll hear from the master comedian and composer Peter Schickele on this episode of What’s New. Schickele was born in Ames Iowa on July 17th, 1935. He grew up in North Dakota, and studied music at Juilliard. Peter celebrated 50 years of PDQ Bach in December 2015 and in September 2016 the world premiere of PDQ Bach’s Concerto for VERY Grand Piano takes place.

Be sure to take a look behind the scenes of Peter Schickele with 50 years of photos here. Upcoming appearances can be found here.

A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.

Harry Potter 7/30 Event

Jul 12, 2016
Barnes & Noble

Grab your wand and join WBAA for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Tippecanoe Mall Barnes and Noble Saturday, July 30th!

Wizarding activities and games start at 8pm, and the book release is at midnight. A Muggle Wall will feature your memories of Harry Potter, and costumes are encouraged.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit WBAA. It’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child countdown July 30th at 8pm.  Wingardia Leviosa!

What's New: Piano

Jul 7, 2016

The piano is a remarkable instrument. Composer Robert Schumann once said, “You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you've looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.” Grammy Award winner and actress Alicia Keys shared: “When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed.”

We’ll hear piano works with Marianna Prjevalskaya, Stephen Beus, Patricia Hase, and Shai Wosner with his release, Concertos and Capriccios!

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A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.

John Clare

John Clare talks to Todd Wetzel, Executive Director of Purdue Convocations about the organization’s mission and activities, including a preview of the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

Learn more about Convos and their new season here.

What's New: Colors

Jun 27, 2016
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A study in 2013 from UC Berkeley looked at how the human brain reacts to music. According to scientist Stephen Palmer, we associate anything music with a particular hue from the color spectrum. Whether it’s a classical work or pop, we automatically make music-color connections based on how the various melodies make us feel.

We'll hear works based on primary colors: Blue, Red, and Yellow; plus feature Rainbow Body, Synethésie, and a Nick Drake song, Pink Moon!

Composers include Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, and Joan Tower.

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It’s recommended summer reading from WQXR, in this year's Summer Reads For Music Lovers, and the New York Times recently interviewed Lauren Belfer about And After The Fire along with her husband, who has a new book, Bach & God.