big ears club

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.