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.

Ways to Connect

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, July 20th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, we start off with music of Porgy and Bess. You can’t go wrong with Gershwin! We’ll also hear an energetic piece by Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes of Carl Maria Von Weber.  We also have two gorgeous works by Wilhelm Stenhammar, performed by the Royal National Scottish Orchestra. In the third hour, the musical cornucopia overflows with Symphony Number 5 by Jean Sibelius.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, July 19th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, we celebrate Antonin Dvorak in the first hour with his “Symphony Number 8”  and “Scherzo Capriccioso.”
In the second hour, we’ll hear a fascinating segment on the history of the Guzheng, an ancient musical instrument that is being revived in China. We’ll remain in China for a while with “Double Zheng Concerto - Falcon Catching Swan.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, July 18th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, we celebrate music of Mussorgsky with “Pictures at an Exhibition.” We’ll hear “An American in Paris” by Gershwin. We’ll hear Glière’s “Symphony Number 2” and Prokofiev’s “Cinderella Suite Number 1.” We’ll also pay tribute to Roland Cazimero who passed away this past weekend.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, July 17th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, July 14th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, July 13th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, July 12th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak. 
In today’s broadcast, we will hear music of Dohnanyi, Bizet, Respighi, Brahms, and Montaña.
We’ll also take a fascinating journey into the world of Chinese folk musical instruments. And, we'll hear “The Butterfly Lovers” performed by the Shanghai Folk Orchestra. Pack your bags and let’s go!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, July 11th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, July 10th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We were quite busy at HPR this past Saturday doing a deep cleaning of our production and broadcast studios. The on-air team and our fearless leader, José Fajardo, pitched in will full enthusiasm. We had “Whistle While you Work” morning! The studios are lemony-fresh.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, July 7th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific,  we will celebrate music of Chopin, Grieg, and Dvorak. You will be absolutely transported by  pianist, Seong - Jin Cho and the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra number 1 in E Minor opus 11." He was only 21 years old that the time of that recording.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday July 6th , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific, we will delve deeply into music of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. We’ll hear the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande performing “Four Legends from the Kalevala,” “Finlandia” and “Karelia Suite.”

Leonard Bernstein takes us on a journey with “Harold en Italie” by Berlioz.

We’ll also enjoy several “Bacchianas Brasileiras” by Villa Lobos!

Pack your bags! No passport needed.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, July 5h , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific, we’ll hear the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Igor Golovschin, performing several works of Balakirev. We’ll also hear François-Joël Thiollier on piano performing works of Ravel. Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Herbert von Karajan will perform Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor opus 64. We’ll also hear from Ravel and Verdi. Join us at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, July 4th , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific we’ll enjoy music of some of America’s great composers, including, Gershwin, Grofé,  William Grant Still (the Dean of African American composers), Copland, and Rogers and Hammerstein. This is a day to celebrate those who had the grit to build the United States into the nation she is today. We also celebrate those who made countless sacrifices to make their way to our country, and  we celebrate those who sacrificed life and limb  to protect our freedoms.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, July 3rd, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific we’ll hear music of Schumann, Borodin, Rachmaninoff, and Ketelbey. Tomorrow, we’ll enjoy music of some of America’s great composers, including, Gershwin, Grofé, Still, Copland, and Rogers and Hammerstein. Don’t miss it...take HPR with you to the beach or the back yard!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, June 30th , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific we’ll hear Frans Vester on flute, accompanied by the Mozart Ensemble,  performing two flute concertos by Mozart. We’ll also hear Evgeny Kissin performing several pieces from his début concert at Carnegie Hall. And, to tickle your funny bone, we’ll hear some old faves by Leroy Anderson, performed by the Rochester Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, June 29th , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific we’ll hear the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra performing Symphony Number 4 Opus 36 in F Minor. We’ll also hear Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet  Fantasy” performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of André Previn.  We’ll hear Smetana’s “The Moldau.” And, just for good measure, we might listen to a few Hungarian and Slavonic Dances.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday June 26 , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, June 23rd , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, to round out the week, we’re going to hear the Academy of Ancient Music performing several Suites by Bach. The Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte Carlo will chime in with several works by Rossini. Next week, we hope to unveil another installment of the Big Ears Music Club, a segment that brings together young folks, family and music educators to celebrate the love of fine music. Stay tuned for updates!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  Well, we made it to the middle of the week! Hump Day! From the traffic situation here on O’ahu, it feels like the summer season is here. So, if you’re stuck in your car, you know two places you can go for peace, comfort and information: HPR 1 and 2! I am also happy to report that you have been hearing us with regard to the new FREE HPR app. Our downloads have been up lately, and the reviews are really super. I use it, myself, all the time.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, June 20th on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today is a Massenet and Grieg kind of day, don’t you think? We are going to hear the New Zealand Symphony orchestra performing several orchestral suites by Massenet. We’ll also hear Julian Lloyd Webber on cello and Bengt Forsberg on piano  performing “Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor op. 36 by Edward Grieg. We’ll hear the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra performing Grieg’s “Symphony in C minor.” And, as always, there will be a few surprises.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, June 19th on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. I am not a dad myself but I had the joy of partaking in a Father’s Day gathering in Maunawili. The grilling was fantastic, including seared ahi with a wasabi sauce. Good job, Ivan and Eri.  Another notable event was the return of Hokule’a. What an incredible voyage. Congratulations to her crew and all the support team members who made the world voyage happen!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, June 16th on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, June 15,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak. 

Did you enjoy our trip to Paris and Vienna yesterday? Today we will hear the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven’s “Triple Concert, Opus 56,” featuring  stunning performances by Itzhak Perlman on violin and Yo Yo Ma on cello.  We’ll also enjoy several symphonic poems by Liszt, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra joins us with several pieces by Chabrier.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, June 13th, 2017. I hope you had a wonderful Kamehameha Day weekend.

Today would be a good day to spend some time in France, n’est-ce pas? We’ll enjoy the Offenbach/Rosenthal “Gaité Parisienne,” performed by the Montréal Symphony under the direction of Charles Dutoit.  We’ll also hear  “L’Arlesienne” and Gounoud’s “Symphony Number 1 in in D Major.”

During his time in Hawaii, pianist Andre Watts joined HPR's Classical Pacific host John Zak and HSO's concert Master Iggy Jang in a discussion with a live studio audience.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific on Hawaii Public Radio HPR 2. I’m your host, John Kalani Zak.

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, June 12, 2017, Kamehameha Day in the Islands. It continues to be a long weekend of celebration of Kamehameha the Great, unifier of the Hawaiian Islands, with parades, the draping of the Kamehameha statues across the islands, and many other commemorations.

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