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 worked 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 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 is also a classical music host on SiriusXM Channel 76 Symphony Hall.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What's New: Avner Dorman

Feb 27, 2018
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A native of Israel, Avner Dorman has collected a number of international awards throughout his distinguished career. He is a respected educator, conductor and composer. Over the last several years, Dorman’s compositions have been performed by the New York, Los Angeles, and Munich Philharmonics. We’ll hear music and new releases from composer Avner Dorman on today’s What’s New.

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The Delphi Opera House welcomes the return of genre bending "grassical" trio Harpeth Rising. Violinist Jordana Greenberg discusses touring, recording, and playing original music with her trio. WBAA's John Clare has this preview of their performance Friday night, February 23rd.

What's New: Elena Ruehr

Feb 20, 2018
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Her work has been described as “sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies” by The New York Times, and “unspeakably gorgeous” by Gramophone! Composer Elena Ruehr is known for her lyrical and rhythmically vibrant music.  Her music "has an organic, breathing flow, derived from its origin in the movement of the body and the vitality of the natural world; her melodies often incorporate details and figurations of improvised performance, sometimes with exotic touches." Elena says her music that “the idea is that the surface be simple, the structure complex.”

We’ll hear chamber music from MIT composer Elena Ruehr on today’s What’s New.

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