big ears club

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 who 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 Brahms, Schubert, Debussy and Gershwin. Don’t miss it.

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

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, September 25,  2017. Host: Louise King Lanzilotti. Today we’ll enjoy music by Glinka, Mozart, Gershwin, Von Suppé, Fibbich, Bach, Ponchielli, and Valdteufel.....it’s three hours of  varied musical marvelousness, starting at 3 PM only on HPR 2, your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, September 22,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll enjoy music by Edvard Grieg, Antonio Vivaldi, Franz Berwald, Giuseppe Verdi, Hector Berlioz, Marc-Olivier Dupin, and Nathan Aweau will play us home with Latitu and Akaka Falls.  Classical Pacific airs at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, September 21,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll hear “Fairy Tale” by  Josef Suk. We’ll also hear “Summer Evening” by Zoltan Kodaly as well as music by Mozart, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms.
Classical Pacific airs at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, September 20,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today, we have a very entertaining and eclectic show. We’ll hear “Symphonie Espagnole” by Edouard Lalo and “Academic Festival Overture” by Johannes Brahms, as well as  enjoying a folk melody from rural China, “Splendor Night Vision.” But wait....there’s more:

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, September 19,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today we’ll hear the Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still. We’ll also hear Symphony 99 by Joseph Haydn. In addition, we’ll hear from Maurice Ravel, Morton Gould, Eugene Goosens, and Jerome Kern. And, don't forget that HPR's Fall Pledge Drive i coming up next week....Donate early and often to keep Classical music on the air in Hawaii!

 Classical Pacific airs at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for  Thursday, September 14,  2017. Host: John Kalani Zak. Today, we’ll hear a beautiful guitar concerto by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. We’ll also hear music by Debussy, Berlioz (Harold en Italie) , Lalo, and Korngold. You’ll have a chance to guess the name of a theme from a major motion picture, so brush up on your movie trivia! And, Judy Anderson will be here to give us a preview of tonight’s Evening Concert.

Classical Pacific airs at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2 - your home for classical music.

Big Ears Club - 8/25/17

Sep 13, 2017

John Zak and music educator, Louise King Lanzilotti, talk story with a talented young clarinetist from Punahou School. Louise also discuss why participating in musical theatre is a great way for young people to explore their creative side.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Yippiedoodles, it’s Friday! (I learned that expression in Canada two weeks ago. ) Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, September 1, 2017, on HPR 2. Today we explore music of Brahms, Turina, Mozart, two Bachs and Jeff Peterson.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, August 11th, 2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is Louise King Lanzilotti.

Today’s episode will feature works by Nickolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Morton Gould, Dukas, and Ferrer. Louise will offer interesting insights about the music and you are sure to be entertained and refreshed by the wonderful music. Join us at 3 PM for another episode.

I will be back on air on August 22nd with some special episodes about the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, August 9th on HPR 2. Prepare for a musical journey into the stratosphere. Lang Lang will perform a piece by Chopin. We’ll hear the mastery of two Brahms works under the direction of Otto Klemperer. Jeff Peterson will take us up Mauka.

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, August 8, 2017. I’m your host, John Zak.

Today we’ll hear music of Walton, Respighi, Stanford, Dowland, and Yoshiki. It’s a veritable cornucopia on Classical Pacific,  on HPR 2 at 3 PM Hawaii time. Tomorrow, we'll deepen our exploration of ancient Chinese musical instruments with another installment of Passage to the Middle Kingdom.

Be sure to tune to Classical Pacific in coming days to hear guest hosts, Judy Anderson and Louise King Lanzilotti!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, August 3rd, 2017.  Today’s show is a perfect antidote for monkey chatter and alternative facts. Music heals the heart and the mind.....ready for some of that? I know I am.

Today,  we’ll hear two Brandenburg Concertos by Bach. We’ll also hear some wonderful music by Victor Herbert. Mozart weighs in with his Jupiter Symphony, and we'll hear excerpts of film scores by Ennio Morricone from The Mission and Cinema Paradiso. Edvard Grieg takes a turn on stage with some Symphonic Dances.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, July 27th  on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today we celebrate Chopin, Debussy, Rogers and Hammerstein, Shostokovich, and Richard Strauss. Lang Lang makes a brilliant appearance, and we’ll journey to La Mancha to catch up with Don Quijote. Grab your backpack. Classical Pacific begins at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, July 26th  on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

We continue our celebration of Seiji Ozawa and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with music of Beethoven and Schubert. Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform a wonderful sonata by Brahms. We’ll have another fascinating installment of “Passage to the Middle Kingdom” featuring a segment on the “Dizi”, followed by a haunting concerto by the Central Broadcasting Folk Orchestra of Beijing. Join us!

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 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.  

The Big Ears Music Club brings together young people, parents, and music educators across the state of Hawaiʻi.  In this segment, Host John Zak talks with music educator Louise King Lanzilotti about the benefits to young people of learning music.  And John shares an interview he did with high school cellist Abigail Austria.