Atherton Concerts

photo Dave Tonnes, Panaviz

Sundays at 4pm on HPR-1, Applause in a Small Room celebrates live performers, live performances as well as the magic that happens when performers and audiences meet. Hosted by Jason Taglianetti.

Listen to past shows on the Mixcloud archive HERE

Atherton Winter 2019-2020 Concert Season

Oct 9, 2019

Schedule subject to change.

Ticket packages are currently available as thank you gifts for HPR members.

The Atherton Winter Concert Series is sponsored by The Rice Partnership.

November 9 - The Honolulu Jazz All-Stars with Doug MacDonald

Jazz guitarist Doug MacDonald returns to HPR's Atherton studio with an all-star lineup of Honolulu's top jazz musicians. 

Hawaii Public Radio announces the lineup for the upcoming season of their Atherton Summer Concert Series, kicking off May 25. Featured artists represent a diverse array of genres, including jazz, Americana, vintage soul, contemporary Hawaiian, and modern shakuhachi. Ameresco is the summer sponsor of the Atherton Concert Series.

Atherton Season – Winter 2018-2019

Sep 12, 2018

Welcome to HPR’s Atherton Performing Arts Studio.

The Atherton Studio seats 60 to 75 people and is home to a magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The intimate performances are like sitting in on a private studio recording session. All concerts are on Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged, as Atherton events are frequently sold-out before the performance date.

One of Honolulu's finest americana bands, Discord and Rye, sharing their musical style to a sold out audience in HPR's Atherton Studio.

The Conversation: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Jan 31, 2018
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Lieutenant Governor Succession; Bail Reform; Ala Wai Dredging; Joshua Kaye on Piano

The Conversation: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Jan 23, 2018
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2018 Homeless Survey; Education Philosophy; Hotel Disaster Preparedness; Freddie Miranda Jr.

The Conversation: Friday, January 5th, 2018

Jan 5, 2018

Black Market For Diabetic Test Strips; State of Hawaii’s Bridges; Bug Wrangler James McCarthy

Hot Club of Hulaville
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The ancient Greeks classified seven specific kinds of love. In honor of Valentine's Day, Willow Chang has curated an evening of songs she calls "The Seven Faces of Love." She will bring these beloved tunes from theater, pop, jazz, and beyond to HPR's Atherton Studio on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Accompanying her will be Ernie Provencher (bass), Tom Chun (guitar), Thomas Mckay (vibraphone), and other surprise guests.

Streetlight Cadence, the four-member alternative folk-pop group that got its start on the streets of Waikīkī, returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, June 11, to introduce songs from their new release Rarities. Long-time fans and new converts to this group's unconventional instrumentation, refreshing lyrics, and sweet vocals can also expect to hear some of the old favorites, as well as tales of the band's recent adventures in Los Angeles. The Atherton concert is part of their planned three-week tour across the islands.

Atherton Season – Winter 2017-2018

Mar 28, 2016

Welcome to HPR’s Atherton Performing Arts Studio

The Atherton Studio seats 60 to 75 people and is home to a magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The intimate performances are like sitting in on a private studio recording session, and the shows themselves are taped for re-broadcast on our live music show Applause in a Small Room hosted by our sound engineer Jason Taglianetti. 

All concerts are on Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Vocalist Dana Land returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio on February 27 with the songs of America’s favorite crooners, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Mel Torme, and Bobby Darin.  The evening is dubbed “Dana Does Frank, Tony, Dean, Mel, & Bobby!”  Land’s music director and accompanist on piano is the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s Tommy James. She is also accompanied by Rockford Holmes (saxophone, flute, clarinet), Alika Lyman (bass), and Von Baron (drums).

Club and Theatre Veteran Brings Her Songs Back to Atherton Studio January 11

Veteran musicians put contemporary twist on distinctive West Side sound

Brazilian artist studied with Segovia, debuted at Carnegie Hall at 23

Streetlight Cadence, fresh from performances at Hard Rock Café and busking on the streets of Honolulu, brings their indie/classical/folk/rock vibe to HPR’s Atherton Studio on December 7th at 7:30 p.m. The group derives its name from its origins on the streets of Waikiki, and has since earned a loyal following in the islands and beyond. Reservations to hear this up-and-coming band may be made online at or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours.

Slide guitar master gathers his blues “brothers” for evening of Delta blues

September 14th Concert Features Original Songs from New Release “Kāhele”

Ardente Duo

 Hawaii Public Radio welcomes the Ardente Duo (violinist Darel Stark and pianist Sachi P. Hirakouji) to the Atherton Performing Arts Studio on Saturday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. Stark and Hirakouji offer their interpretations of the serene Sonata for violin and piano in G Major Op. 96 by a mature Beethoven and the energetic Sonata for violin and piano in E-Flat Major Op. 18 composed by a youthful Strauss before delving into his symphonic work. The concert also gives audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy the Atherton’s magnificent Bösendorfer grand piano.

It’s Wednesday, August 21 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Work vs. Welfare Trade-off: Dr. Keli`i Akina

William Keli`i Akina Ph.D, is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute Hawai`i. He says his mission is to develop the public policy think tank into a society-transforming champion of freedom in Hawai`i and the Asia-Pacific.

Saving Earth in the Age of Man: M. Sanjayan

It’s Wednesday, July 31 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Cry me a river? No, Waimea River

Isaac Moriwake is an attorney in the Honolulu office of Earthjustice, the public interest environmental law firm which filed the lawsuit on behalf of citizens who want the Waimea River restored.

Because it whines, they walk the slack key's new school

Coral Disease, John Cruz, GMO, Keiki Art Camp

Jul 5, 2013

It’s Friday, July 5 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Today: A slice of our past: the Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Randall Kosaki is NOAA's Deputy Superintendent of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. He studies the behavioral ecology, the taxonomy and biogeography of Pacific coral reef fishes.

A big success in a smaller venue

John Cruz performs in the Atherton Studio July 5th and 6th
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Singer Songwriter Cruz to Perform His Classics and Soon-to-Be Released Material

 Hawaii Public Radio’s intimate Atherton Performing Arts Studio is the setting for a rare, up-close-and-personal concert by Hawaiian music legend John Cruz, on Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. A second performance has been added on Friday, July 5th at 7:30 p.m.  The winner of many Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for his first two albums, Cruz will be performing favorites from his repertoire, as well as sharing new material from his forthcoming (as yet untitled) CD.

  Bruce Brubaker, the Chair of the Piano Department at the renowned New England Conservatory of Music, has performed Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Brahms on the BBC. His Atherton program will include Philip Glass’s Mad Rush; Nico Muhly’s Drones & Piano (Hawaii premiere); Philip Glass, Etudes No. 4 and No. 5 (1994 version); Missy Mazzoli: Orizzonte (Horizon) and Alvin Curran: Hope Street Tunnel Blues III (Hawaii premiere).  Mr.

It’s Tuesday, May 28 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Just how bad is Urban decay in the tropics?      

James Spencer is a  UH  Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning with a joint appointment in Political Science. He’s also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center. His current research focuses on urbanization in Southeast Asia and the Global South, especially in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia and other parts of Asia and Africa.

Homestead Land, Ian O'Sullivan, Prostate Cancer Screening, "This is Paradise"

May 13, 2013

It’s Monday, May 13 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Permit us to discuss revoking revocable permits

Blossom Feiteira is the President of the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands. For 20 years she has helped to build communities with affordable housing and economic development for low-income families, especially for native Hawaiians.

Vandercook Honors Blues Masters in Evening Called “Blues - the Common Ground”

August 24 – Robi Kahakalau

May 8, 2013

Sistah Robi returns with her signature Hawaiian sound

August 31 – The Stark Trio

May 8, 2013

The acclaimed classical group presents an evening of elegance

Jungle Rockets makes their Atherton debut
Jungle Rocket

Jungle Rocket started life in jam sessions in the hills of Pupukea back in 2007. Guitarists Bill Howes and Larry McElheny invited drummer Jinbeau Walsh to join them, and the trio was the basis for what has expanded into a North Shore band that is heard everywhere. Gigs at Hank’s and The Dragon Upstairs, the Haleiwa Arts Festival and the now legendary “Farm Nights” in Pupukea have made them welcome in many venues, especially once Louie the Fish joined them one night on blues harp. Bailey Matsuda, piano, and “utility man” Larry Spalding (harp/uke/percussion) are also members of the group. And now this home-grown ensemble will make its Atherton debut on Saturday, May 11th.