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WBAA Arts Spotlight: The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra


John Clare talks to Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Nick Palmer about the L-S-O’s activities this season, including concerts and educational activities.

Find out more about the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra here.

Their "Opening Night" concert is Saturday, October 8th and includes an all Russian program: Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila; Khachaturian Excerpts from Gayane and Spartacus Suites; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

The idea for the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra was hatched in 1949 by a group of local musicians and music enthusiasts who wanted to provide an opportunity for local players like themselves to perform orchestral music. Within a year, their vision for a community orchestra was realized, and in 1950 the LSO was officially founded, a board was elected, Thomas E. Wilson was hired as part-time conductor, and the volunteer players began presenting their first season to a receptive audience.

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.