Classical Music Conversations

Gene Schiller interviews conductor Sarah Ioannides, and violinist Iggy Jang. 

Joseph Stepec on Evening Concert

Jan 8, 2019

UH Mānoa’s Director of Orchestras, Joseph Stepec,  talks with HPR host, John Zak, about the orchestra’s upcoming European tour.  Stepec invites students  and musicians  from the community  to audition.

JoAnn Falletta, in town for the annual Beethoven bash, drops in for a friendly visit to Morning Café.

A Manoa Christmas

Nov 16, 2018

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Music Department and Department of Theatre and Dance are collaborating on a classical holiday celebration of live music, dance, and theatre.  Joseph Stepec, Assistant Professor of Music at UH Mānoa Joins Craig DeSilva to talk about the upcoming performance.

Conrad Tao and Ankush Bahl, in town for this weekend’s symphony concert, join morning café’s Gene Schiller for a lively discussion on Brahms, Dvorak, and the “Bohemian Connection.”

Damira Feldman makes her Oahu debut this Saturday  (November 10th) at Kawaiahao church; listen as she traces the musical path which has taken her from Kazan to Israel, Europe, and the United States.

JoAnn Falletta and Mark Votapek rhapsodize over this weekends concert with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, a program including Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Suk’s Fairy Tale. “Czech” it out.

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Deb Owen

Alfredo Minetti and Iggy Jang talk up their “Tango Extravaganza” on morning café 

Conductor JoAnn Falletta and violinist Bella Hristova join Gene Schiller this morning to highlight their upcoming performances with the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra.

Emmanuel Plasson, conductor of Gounod’s  “Romeo et Juliette,” pays Morning Café a visit to discuss Gounod, the new HOT production, and of course, his famous father, Michel Plasson

Organist Cameron Carpenter and conductor Marcelo Lehninger stop by the station for an informal chat with Morning Café’s Gene Schiller…

As eloquent on mike as she is at the keyboard, noted piano virtuosa Olga Kern speaks her mind on today’s morning café…

Michael Titterton reveals the “secret” location of tonight’s ‘pop-up’ concert with the Hawaii Symphony, and discusses exciting plans for the future on Gene Schiller’s Morning Café.

World-renowned pianist Philippe Bianconi, in town for the Schumann Piano Concerto, discusses French styling v.s. playing with power!

Performance Today’s Fred Child and Young Artist in Residence Blake Pouliot join Gene Schiller to discuss the challenge of an “artist’s life,” as well as Blake’s upcoming visit to Maui. 

"Joseph Stepec, Director of Orchestras at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, talks with Evening Concert host, John Zak, about a May 2nd, 2018 performance of the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Stepec also shares thoughts about the future of classical music and muses on the universal elements that captivate and enthrall listeners and musical artists in equal measure.

Conductor Leonard Slatkin and violinist Elina Vahala, two superstars making their local debut with the Hawaii Symphony, join morning café’s Gene Schiller for a lively discussion.

For Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s 2018 Spring Fund Drive, listeners were invited to submit the names of their favorite conductors of classical music. The results were compiled and our classical music hosts, Gene Schiller, Judy Anderson, Ian Capps Craig De Silva, Howard Dicus, Louise King Lanzilotti, and John Kalani Zak, wrote and produced brief vignettes on the life and music of the Top Ten.  We’ve listed them here in the order they were revealed on HPR-2 during the ten-day drive.

10. Keith Lockhart 

9. George Szell

8. Eugene Ormandy

7. Arturo Toscanini

Iggy Jang, on his way to the Big Island for a concert with the Kamuela Philharmonic, stops off at the studio for a chat with Morning Café’s Gene Schiller.

A preview of Sunday’s concert with the Hawaiʻi Symphony:  Sarah Davis Buechner discusses Saint-Saens, while Victor Yampolsky expounds on the origins of Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

HPR Classical Music Host, John Zak talks story with guitarist, Ian O'Sullivan, and violinist, Wu Hung, about Chamber Music Hawaii's concerts that explore Tango music by Astor Piazzola. Both musicians discuss their early influences and inspirations including ice cream truck jingles and vintage LP's.

In town for a pair of concerts this weekend with the Hawaii Symphony, conductor Keith Lockhart (of the Boston Pops) and violinist Robert McDuffie stop by for an informal chat on Gene Schiller’s Morning Café.

This Sunday’s concert with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra features some exciting local talent.  Gene Schiller speaks with music director, Brian Dollinger.

Louise King Lanzilotti and John Zak explore the world of orchestral brass instruments.

This Sunday marks the 51st Anniversary Xmas Concert of the Honolulu Chorale.  Ian Capps and choral director Karol Nowicki talk it up on morning café.


Conductor Carl St. Clair speaks of Prokofiev, while guitarist Jeff Peterson demonstrates slack-key as opposed to other techniques.  Both appear this Sunday with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber Music Hawaii

Ken Hafner and Julia Filson of the Honolulu Brass Choir with host Gene Schiller spread some holiday cheer on morning cafe. 

David Shifrin, in town for a concert with the Hawaii Youth Symphony, weighs in on his favorite subject: the clarinet.  Randy Wong, Executive Director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony joins in.

In this episode of The Big Ears Music Club, Louise King Lanzilotti and John Zak explore the world of classical wind instruments.

Early Music Hawaii presents “Music of Three Faiths” this weekend at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Kailua-Kona.  Ian Capps of “The Early Muse” and the Peabody Consort’s Brian Kay discuss the merging of musical styles from this unique period in history.