John Kalani Zak

Co-Host of Evening Concert

John Kalani Zak, the son of an airline executive father and a journalist mother, was born in Washington D. C. He has lived in and traveled to many locations around the globe, and is delighted to call Hawaiʻi his home.

Hawaiian ways and traditions have captivated John for as long as he can remember. He had the joy of making several documentary films, including Hawaiian Healing and Pule Wailele, which screened at the HIFF and Maui film festivals in Hawaiʻi and overseas. Other projects include a book,Hawaiian Massage Lomilomi, Sacred Touch of Aloha.

In addition to duties as an on-­air host with Hawaiʻi Public Radio, John is a voice-­over actor, producing and narrating books for Audible.com, among other projects.

Past work includes producing and/or directing daytime serials, including The Bold and the Beautiful, One Life to Live, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless. John has received 7 national Emmy nominations, an Emmy Award, and was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award. He is a member of the Hawaiian Historical Society and the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club.

Zak is also an avid photographer. He loves all forms of music, from Hawaiian, to classical, to Brazilian jazz, to Bulgarian folksongs.

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for November 24th, 2017.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thanksgiving Day,  2017.  I’m your host, John Zak. The holidays are here and pumpkin pies kept popping up  in the HPR kitchen all week... Christmas goodies will soon follow! As you enjoy your holiday, we will serenade you with  music of Bruch, Copland, Elgar, Haydn, Chabrier, Chopin, and Prokifiev....a cornucopia of beautiful music, for which we are all very thankful...I'll also  share some highly quotable quotes on gratitude.
 

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, November 22,  2017. The holidays are looming large and pumpkin pies are already appearing  in the HPR kitchen (but not for long)......and Christmas goodies will soon follow! As you go about your preparations for Thanksgiving Day,
we will serenade you with  music of Massenet, Rachmaninov,  Krommer, Torroba, Franck, and a beautiful selection from Lux Aeterna, by Lauridsen.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, November 21st,  2017. The holidays are looming large and pumpkin pies are already appearing  in the HPR kitchen (but not for long)......and Christmas goodies will soon follow!
Today, we have music of Mozart, Finzi, Gounod, Bizet, Chopin, Szymanowski, Prokofiev, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, November 20th, 2017. The holidays are looming large and pumpkin pies are already appearing  in the HPR kitchen (but not for long)......and Christmas goodies will soon follow!
Today, we have music by Glazunov, Barber, Jeff Peterson, Offenbach, Gershwin (with an arrangement by Bennett) and Fauré.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, November 17th, 2017. The holidays are looming large and pumpkin pies are already appearing  in the HPR kitchen (but not for long.)  Christmas goodies will soon follow!
Today, we have music by Khachaturian, Joseph Haydn, E.J. Moeran, and the Love theme from "Romeo and Juliet," and the theme from "Zorba," performed brilliantly by André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, and  we'll also hear a piece by “Duplessy and the Violins of the World.”

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, November 16, 2017. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll hear music of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Liszt, Dvorak, and Saint-Saens. I am also delighted to feature two pieces by a fascinating World Music group known as “Duplessy and the Violins of the World” - “Le Lac Dans La Brume” and “Pavane Pour in Infante Defunte.”

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John C. Zak





Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines.
We pledge to continue to give you the best programming and the finest music possible!

In today’s  journey, we’ll hear music  of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Delius, Sibelius, Richard Strauss, and Ravel.

Classical Pacific airs Monday through Friday at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music!
 

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John C. Zak





Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines.
We pledge to continue to give you the best programming and the finest music possible!

In today’s  journey, we’ll hear music of Borodin, Gomes, Leonard Bernstein, Debussy, Massenet, and Rogers and Hammerstein.

Classical Pacific airs Monday through Friday at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music!
 

John C. Zak
John C. Zak





Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines.
We pledge to continue to give you the best programming and the finest music possible!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak





Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines.
We pledge to continue to give you the best programming and the finest music possible!

In today’s “Aloha Friday”  journey  of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Grieg, Richard and Siegfried Wagner, De Bréville, Rota, Mozart, Milhaud, and Stravinsky.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

 

Within each of us is a loving,
magical, powerful being...
a real self.

Music, friend that it is,
cocoons us from our worries,
enabling that hidden self
to emerge.
 - Kevin Kern




Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines.
We pledge to continue to give you the best programming and the finest music possible!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Here’s a quote from Kevin Kern, one of the artists whose work we’ll hear today:

Within each of us is a loving,
magical, powerful being...
a real self.

Music, friend that it is,
cocoons us from our worries,
enabling that hidden self
to emerge.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Leonard Bernstein, Respighi, Japanese composer and pianist, Yoshiki, Beethoven, Stenhammar, Dvorak, and Pleyel.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Massenet, Ravel, Schubert, Mozart, and Vivaldi. We’ll also hear the “Folksong Symphony” by Roy Harris.  

Be sure to scroll down on this page to listen to several interviews and episodes of our Big Ears Music Club segments.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Salieri, Mozart, Taneyev, Prokofiev and from our native sons, Jeff Peterson and Nathan Aweau.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Debussy, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Rautavaara, and Martinu.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Joaquin Rodrigo, Christian Sinding, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss, Fredric Chopin, David Diamond, and Antonin Dvorak.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Vaughn Williams, Elgar, Respighi, and Arthur Sullivan.
Classical Pacific airs Monday through Friday at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music!

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Mendelssohn, Spohr, Boccherini, Tchaikovsky, Castelnuovo - Tedesco, and Rogers and Hammerstein.

Classical Pacific begins at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.
 

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2.

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Ben-Haim, Goosens, Bach, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Respighi, Gershwin, and Grieg........a Friday cornucopia!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Aloha pumehana, I’m John Kalani Zak, host of Classical Pacific on HPR 2, your home for classical music. Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music Haydn, Copland, Elgar, Stamitz, Richard Strauss, and Debussy.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music.  I’m your host, John Zak.  Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music.  I’m your host, John Zak.  Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s  Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of  Glazunov, Dvorak, Prokofiev, Creston, Janacek,  Ravel, and Rossini.
Craig De Silva will join us with a preview of Evening Concert in the the 5:00 hour.

Classical Pacific begins at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music.  I’m your host, John Zak.  Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s  Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Virgil Thompson, Astor Piazzola, Ravel, Bruch, Rejcha, and Chabrier.

Craig De Silva will join us with a preview of Evening Concert in the the 5:00 hour.

Classical Pacific begins at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on HPR - 2, your home for classical music.  I’m your host, John Zak.  Thank you to each and every one of you who pledged your support to Hawaii Public Radio, You are our heroes and heroines. We pledge to continue to give you the best programming possible!

In today’s  Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music by Copland, Debussy, Mozart, Liszt, Rodrigo, and Chausson. Louise King Lanzalotti will join us with a preview of Evening Concert in the the 5:00 hour.

Classical Pacific begins at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

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