CLASSICAL MUSIC INTERVIEWS

Aaron Sala, Quinn Kelsey and Pene Pati drop in on Morning Café for a sneak preview of ANA’s Honolulu Music Week.

Composer Jon Magnussen and oboist Scott Janusch discuss “Na Kau Elua” (Two Seasons) – a special commission of the Hawaiian Oboe Legacy Project, set to premiere this weekend at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Joe Stepec on Evening Concert

Oct 15, 2019

Joseph Stepec, Director of the University of Hawaii Symphony and conductor/artistic director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony, talks story with Evening Concert host, John Zak, about several upcoming concerts, including a fundraiser for UH Mānoa's summer European tour.

Violinist Sandy Cameron on Morning Cafe

Sep 20, 2019

Gene Schiller and super-virtuoso Sandy Cameron discuss Danny Elfman’s new violin concerto, receiving its local premiere this weekend at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Augustin Hadelich, who’ll be performing with the Hawaii Symphony this weekend,  ponders  the subtle beauties of Beethoven’s one and only violin concerto.

World-acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne pays a visit to morning café to discuss music’s greatest song cycle: “Winterreise” by Franz Schubert.  (One performance only this Friday 7:30 at the UH Orvis Auditorium.)

Symphony in the park

May 28, 2019

Joe Stepec, conducting his first symphony in the park this Friday , speaks with morning café’s Gene Schiller.

Scott Fikse, music director of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, shows what it’s like to ‘think outside the Bach’ on Thursday’s morning café.

HYS 2019 Spring Concert

Mar 25, 2019

John Devlin, music director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony, stops in for a visit with Evening Concert host, John Zak, and shares information about HYS's Spring Concert, which is coming up on April 7th.

Superstars Stu Chafetz and Ran Dank share the spotlight on Friday’s morning cafe

The dynamic duo of Jon Nakamatsu and Lisa Nakamichi (plus conductor Hans Graf) pay a visit to morning café.  

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.

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.

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…

Morning Café presents Jonathon Korth, president of the Honolulu Chamber Music Series, with a preview of the upcoming season…

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!

"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.

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.

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