John Nowacki

Classical Music Host

Originally from the Midwest, John’s interest in classical music began while he was a high school student, having discovered organ music recordings by E. Power Biggs and singing in the high school’s choirs. His radio career began in 1982 at WILL-FM in Champaign-Urbana, Ilinois, where he started as a board operator for local programming, then became a classical music host. He worked for several Illinois stations before making the move to WNPR in 1990.

John lives in Hartford, Connecticut with his husband and Myles the cat. He sings as a bass/baritone in the choir of St. John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford. He also enjoys reading good Science Fiction, and biographies of 16th and 17th-century historical figures.

Ways to Connect

Presto Kevin Rhodes
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Kevin Rhodes the dynamic Music Director and Conductor of the Springfield Symphony hardly needs introduction. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kevin to talk about his work with the symphony, what he does when he’s not in the area (HINT: It’s NOT fishing!), and the Symphony’s upcoming 75th Anniversary season which gets underway September 22.

Aaron Price
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Meet  Aaron N. Price, Connecticut composer, co-founder and artistic director of Connecticut Summerfest and Director of Woodwind Studies at the MusicMakers International Academy.  His works have received international performances, including the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

I’ve wanted to talk with Aaron for some time, not only because of his work as a composer, but especially because of his involvement in the contemporary chamber music scene in our region. As you listen to our talk together, I think you’ll come away impressed not only by Aaron’s infectious enthusiasm, but also by the part that Aaron, and composers and musicians like him, represents as the future for Classical Music in the world today!

Carolyn Kuan and John Nowacki Presto
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Carolyn Kuan is the Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She's conducted symphonic programs, operas and ballets with orchestras around-the-world. Kuan is a champion of new music and recently released a recording of Phillip Glass’ music with the Hague Philharmonic.

Mark Singleton VOCE
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Mark Singleton is the Artistic Director of Voce, a choral ensemble based in Hartford, Connecticut. Singleton and Voce are champions of new choral music particularly from composer in the early stages of their careers.

In this episode of Presto, John Nowacki and Singleton discuss "Music of the Spheres,” Voce’s recent recording.

Paul Mealor Presto
NEPR

In this episode of Presto!, John Nowacki spoke with Welsh composer Paul Mealor who is one of the most popular choral composers today. His sacred motets, songs and cycles have been performed, broadcast and recorded by artists in the UK, USA and much further afield.

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