HPR-2 - Your home for classical music

Classical Pacific
The finest of the world’s classical music to ease your afternoon drive. Featured on this newest of HPRʻs classical music programs will be the great orchestras, artists, and opera companies of the Pacific region, including Hawai‘i’s own. Every other Friday, a special segment called “The Big Ears Music Club” will introduce young listeners to the joys of classical music.
The Early Muse
There is a wonderful richness and variety in Western music before the year 1700. The Early Muse is a weekly one-hour program conceived by HPR's Director of Operations Charles Husson and music volunteer Ian Capps, author and host of the program. Its aim is to bring to life for listeners the 500 formative years of European music from Medieval chant and troubadour songs, through the rich polyphony of Renaissance sacred and secular music, and into the Baroque 'revolution' of the 17th century with its invention of the opera, oratorio, ballet and orchestral music as we know it today.
Evening Concert
Evening Concert gives listeners a chance to unwind through the pau hana hours. You'll enjoy classic performances, previews of concerts from local arts organizatoins, along with weather updates, and StarDate reports from the McDonald Observatory in Austin on what's up in our night sky.
Howard's Day Off
Howard Dicus can't play a musical instrument, and can't read music with any facility. But he spent much of his childhood playing his dad's 78 rpm jazz records, and singing with his brother and sisters, who could hear any song once or twice and sing it back in multi-part harmony. Though the family home was filled with music, exposure to classical music was limited to the usual (for babyboomers) soundtracks of movies and cartoons, and the very few classics his father acquired on record, including "The Nutcracker," "Gaite Parisienne," and "Peter and the Wolf."
Morning Café/Morning Concert
HPR Music Director Gene Schiller's signature program begins each weekday morning with Morning Cafe, a refreshing blend of music, usually built around a special theme. The program also includes the daily "Writers Almanac," interesting features, and frequently live interviews with visiting guest artists. After the 10am NPR news break, Morning Concert kicks in with longer classical works.
Singing and Other Sins
Why “Singing and other Sins”? There are several reasons for the name change. When we began Great Songs in 1988, song meant something that was sung. Now, it can mean almost anything: an opera track, speaking or a movement from a symphony. Something that can be downloaded. So that’s why the word “song” wasn’t relevant any longer (when we began programming again in 2011) for a program featuring art song, which is indeed singing.
Sunday Brunch
Enjoy three hours of your favorite music, as requested by the listeners of Hawaiʻi Public Radio.