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Classical Pacific June 26, 2017

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday June 26 , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific we’ll explore some classical music performances by Master of the Clarinet, Benny Goodman. Goodman was a figure who helped  define the jazz and big band era. He and his band performed all over the world and appeared in  a number of glossy Hollywood films. What many people don’t know, however, is that he was a classically trained musician, and that he performed with world-class  symphony orchestras as  a guest artist. Today, we’ll hear Goodman, accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing two pieces by Carl Maria von Weber, and one by Carl Nielsen. We’ll also hear The Moscow Soloists and Yuri Bashmet on viola, performing works by Tchaikovsky and Grieg. Van Cliburn, whom I had the pleasure of meeting some years ago,  will perform a work by Schumann, and Classical guitarist, Nemanja Ostoich, will perform a piece by Augustin-Barrios Mangore. It should be a beautiful program, so please enjoy Classical Pacific for a bright and shiny Monday.

So, here’s a question and it’s not rhetorical one: What does music mean to you in your life?  How and when to you listen to music? And, most important, how does it make you feel? If you have some comments about this, please let me know. Send me an email through our HPR website. I might read some of the  comments on  the air and I would be quite interested to hear what you have to say!

As I mentioned some time ago, I am still looking for high-quality choral music from across Polynesia, particularly, S?moa and Tonga, and Maori music, as well. If you have access to that music and would be willing to share or to put me in contact with someone who might be able to assist in that regard, please let me know via e mail on this website or feel free to call the station (808) 955-8821 and leave me a message. And while we’re on the subject, what music from the Pacific region would you like to hear? Would you be interested in hearing more World Music? Any artists you especially love? Let me know!

Be sure to visit the Classical Pacific page on HPR’s website to listen to the podcast of my conversation with André Watts and Iggy Jang. If you have keiki in your life, to whom you want to introduce classical music, you will find this conversation especially interesting!
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: 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 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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