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Classical Pacific December 1, 2017

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for December 1,  2017. I’m your host. John Zak.  We’re sending our sincere thanks to each of you who heard the clarion call on Giving Tuesday to become members of HPR and an additional mahalo nui  to those of you who increased your gift to keep HPR going strong. We really appreciate you and listen for your name on the air!

In today’s broadcast, we’ll hear music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Beethoven, and Japanese composer, Yoshiki. We will feature several performances by today’s special guest, violin virtuoso, Martin Beaver who will join me for a live interview to talk about tomorrow night’s Honolulu Chamber Music Series  concert at UH M?noa’s Orvis Auditorium, where he will perform with HCMS president, pianist, Jonathan Korth.

You may be hearing some on-air promos regarding HPR’s search for a program host for HPR 2 and here’s why: After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to step down from my duties as host of Classical to pursue some exciting opportunities in production and in voice-over work . These new projects will likely take me to the Mainland and overseas for periods of time. But, Hawaii is home and I am delighted to announce that I will also  be continuing my happy relationship with HPR in the coming year, with involvement in special projects, which I think you’ll enjoy. From my “kid time,” my mother always encouraged me to follow my dreams, and I am listening to that advice, which has held me in good stead.  HPR has become a deep and meaningful  part of my life and I am very proud of the work that is done here every day.

I will be on-air  with Classical Pacific until mid December, and then, right after Christmas, meetings and planning sessions begin for the new projects. So, I happily say to my fellow HPR aficionados, “Aloha.  A  hui hou!”


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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