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What's New: Class of '38

The Silent Generation - people born from the mid 1920s to the early 1940s. Time magazine coined the term in a November 1951 article entitled "The Younger Generation," and the name has remained ever since! The group was comparatively small because the financial insecurity of the 1930s and the war in the early 1940s  - resulting in people having fewer children.

We’ll hear from a not so silent group born in 1938: composers Joan Tower, William Bolcom, Paul Chihara, John Corigliano, Frederic Rzewski, Charles Wuorinen, and John Harbison – on today’s What’s New!


1938 composers

What’s New is a production of WBAA Classical, a listener supported broadcast service of Purdue University. 

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.
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