classical pacific

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, July 31st  on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, we dive deeply into music of Jules Massenet, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Mili Balakirev. We’ll also hear a wonderful orchestral suite from the musical, Carrousel.  What all these artists and the music we’ll hear have in common is a rich imagery that cracks  the imagination of the listener wide open. Massenet wrote music for the ballet and you can hear why he was in demand when you listen to four of his works today.

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 Friday, July 14th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

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 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 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 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 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.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

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

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

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

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

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

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

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

It’s Tuesday, June, 6th, 2017. Not only is it “D” Day..it’s my ??th birthday. Yep, I made it around the sun one more time, hanging on (as we all were) for dear life! It’s been quite a year, mostly because everyone at HPR has really committed to the Program Realignment and to our recent fund drive. With all the tension that’s flying around our blue planet these days, I am grateful to be living in Hawaii nei. One long look at the Ko’olaus and whatever is troubling me is put to rights.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

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

June is here! What happened to the first half of 2017? My head is spinning. The first part of the year went so fast. A lot has happened here at HPR, including our program realignment, the birth of  Classical Pacific, and HPR’s fund drive which was successful thanks to the support of our generous listeners here in Hawaii and around the world.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

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

It’s May 31st, 2017. On today’s broadcast, we’ll hear the Consortium Classicum performing several pieces by Mozart. W’ell also hear from Delius and Vaughan Williams. And, of course there will be a few surprises thrown in, as well!

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

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