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Classical Pacific May 26, 2017

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

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

Well, we made it to Friday! Pau hana. Will you be incorporating music into your weekend? Don’t forget HPR’s fine musical offerings, including From the Top, The Prairie Home Companion, Brazilian Experience, The Early Muse, and Howard’s Day Off, just to name a few.

Yesterday ,we tipped our faux fur hats to the great Russian composers of past and present. Today, we’re going American. We’ll hear music from George Whitfield Chadwick (1854-1931) who was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. We’ll also hear music of the legendary Leonard Bernstein. Richard Rogers and Victor Herbert will be represented, too. And, don’t be too surprised to hear a little something from Ferde Grofe and Aaron Copland.

Memorial Day is coming up. Let’s take some time to remember our loved ones, friends, and neighbors who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy. This Memorial Day weekend I  am sending  a loving salute to my Uncle John and my Uncle H.C, who were lost in World War II, in the Pacific, and in Europe.

Classical Pacific began in February, 2017, as a result of Hawaii Public Radio’s ongoing commitment to give listeners across Hawaii and around the world more of what they love, on two networks: HPR 1 and HPR 2. Airing five days a week at 3 P.M. Hawaii time, the series  features the finest of the world’s classical music, while also shining a spotlight on orchestras, artists, and composers of the Pacific region, including Polynesia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, The U.S., Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. We’ll also add spice with indigenous and World music that is creating new musical languages and collaborations worldwide.

Classical Pacific and all Hawaii Public Radio programs are available online at our website: hawaiipublicradio.org. You can also download the free app for your mobile device and take HPR with you whenever and wherever you travel! Just type H - P - R in the search box of your App. store!

John C. Zak
Credit John C. Zak

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.
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