John Clare

John Clare

What does a classical music director do on vacation? WBAA's John Clare spends a "bus driver's holiday" in Chicago for part of this week. His travels included speaking with some of the top classical musicians on Tuesday. 

First, at Northwestern University, John spoke with Giancarlo Guerrero about his return to his alma mater, and leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its annual "Holiday Pops" concert Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with LSO Music Director Nick Palmer about the concert, which will feature actors from Civic Theater of Lafayette as well as WBAA's John Clare reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The fifth volume of the Complete Beethoven String Quartets from Quartetto di Cremona features the String Quartet No. 15, Opus 132 and the only original String Quintet, Opus 29 by the Bonn master. Lawrence Dutton, the violist of the Emerson String Quartet, joins the group for this new release.

WBAA Music Director John Clare had a chance to talk with the quartet’s violist Simone Gramaglia about the new cd, adding a guest to the mix, and how things have changed over a few years.

Johann Sebastian Bach is very highly regarded by musicians and music lovers alike.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, about the next performance, the Keller Concert, Saturday, March 5th at 7:30pm pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

Find out more about the Keller concert here.

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Delphi Opera House

Mar 2, 2016
Delphi Opera House original entrance
John Clare

WBAA’s John Clare talks with Sara Daly Brosman, who runs the Delphi Opera House in Delphi. They’ll discuss the history of the venue and preview some of the upcoming concerts.

Learn more about the Delphi Opera House here.


The next concert from the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society is Sunday afternoon, February 28th, and features music for bassoon and string quartet. On the program is music by Warner, Heiden and Gordon Jacob, as well as a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi. Executive Director Margot Marlatt says it was a dream to make this program happen with her friend and colleague Kara Stolle. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Marlatt and Stolle about “Wind Swept” in the WBAA studios.

Bach Chorale Singers 2/21 Concert Preview

Feb 18, 2016

The Bach Chorale Singers perform this Sunday afternoon, February 21st, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. On the program are two early cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing), BWV 12; and Christ lag in Todes Banden (Christ lay in death's bonds), BWV 4.

Philip Glass Etudes 2/20 Concert Preview

Feb 12, 2016

 Lisa Kaplan is one of four pianists who will join composer Philip Glass to perform his complete Piano Etudes this weekend at Loeb Playhouse. Saturday night’s concert is part of the dedicatory recitals for the new Steinway concert grand piano, and marks Glass’s third visit to Purdue (he was here twice in the 1980s).

Classical Grammy Awards 2016

Feb 12, 2016
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The Grammy Awards ceremony is Monday night, broadcast on network television from 8–11:30 p.m. ET. Before that show, there are 70 categories that will be awarded in the GRAMMYAwardsPremiere Ceremony® from 3:30–6:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live. Included in the preshow are the 2016 Classical Grammy nominees, and a performance of the Takács String Quartet!