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.

A quartet of chamber works with Music From Copland House are on a new release, Secret Alchemy, written by Pierre Jalbert. Jalbert is a professor at Rice University, and serves as one of the artistic directors of contemporary chamber ensemble Musiqa. Three world premiere recordings of Secret Alchemy, String Trio, and Crossings, joined by a new recording of his Piano Trio No. 1 are on this Copland House Blend Recording. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Pierre about this stunning release.

This Saturday the Lafayette Master Chorale begin their 53rd season. The are presenting "Five Concerts For a Better World: A Prayer for Peace, Patchwork for Peace, Heavenly Peace, A Peaceable Kingdom, and Peace on Earth... and Lots of Little Crickets." WBAA's John Clare spoke with artistic director Michael Bennett about the concert A Prayer for Peace.

Kuna Malik Hamad

Purdue University Libraries and the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts present author and critic Maureen Corrigan in So We Read On, the 15th talk in the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series.  The discussion takes place on Tuesday, October 31st.

WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke with Corrigan about choosing The Great Gatsby as subject matter for her book So We Read On, great art, and the importance of sharing ideas.

Troika is an all-Russian Pentatone release featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev, along with new arrangements of Russian-themed music from Paul McCartney to Pussy Riot. The cello/piano duo Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley perform a substantial and creative program based on repression of artists. WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke to Haimovitz and O'Riley about their arrangements, politics, and learning repertoire for the first time.

It's the first studio recording in six years from soprano Angela Gheorghiu, and what an album Eternamente is! The verissimo album, as it is subtitled, is repertoire that Gheorghiu has not sung before, something treasured by her fans and opera lovers. WBAA's spoke to Angela Gheorghiu about the repertoire, recording it with Emmanuel Villaume, and her incredible range of singing.

Indecisive Moment, a photography exhibit featuring 10 contemporary artists, runs through December 9th at the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Purdue's Stewart Center. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Purdue Gallery Interim Director Liz Erlewine about the new show.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, about the next performance, Opening Night, Saturday at 7:30pm in the Long Center. They discuss the program, and Maestro Palmer's recent London recording sessions!

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Dr. Mo Trout, Director of Jazz Bands, about the next Purdue Jazz Band performance, Friday, October 20th at 8 pm at Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center.

Matt Dine

"What happens when a fearless improviser, already a top virtuoso in the city that dominates the music world, trades his piano keyboard for a blank orchestral score?" It's the question Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is asking for their program, From Pen to Piano, this Sunday at Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus. WBAA's John Clare spoke to two members of the group, violinist Renée Jolles, and bassoonist Gina Cuffari about the program and touring.

Bright Circle is the most recent release from pianist Beth Levin. The March 2017 Navona recording features music by Brahms, Schubert, and David Del Tredici. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Levin about the new release, new music, and inspirations on social media.