Classical Pacific Honors the Seattle Symphony
Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, on HPR 2. I’m back from a wonderful visit to the Pacific Northwest. Bellevue and Mercer Island were childhood homes and it was great fun to explore old haunts...complete with a side trip to Victoria, British Columbia, and a flight home to Hawaii during the eclipse!
Today we celebrate the Seattle Symphony and its beautiful home, Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Benaroya Hall is a music-listening machine with acoustics that provide a spectacular environment for listening to and recording works performed by the Seattle Symphony and visiting orchestras. Conductor, Gerard Schwartz, can be credited with providing great guidance and inspiration in taking Benaroya Hall from architects’ plans to the glass, steel, and wood structure that honors musical artistry at the highest levels. Join us at 3 PM today.
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, other classical artists? 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.
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