John Kalani Zak

Co-Host of Evening Concert

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.

Hawaiian ways and traditions have captivated John for as long as he can remember. He had the joy of making several documentary films, including Hawaiian Healing and Pule Wailele, which screened at the HIFF and Maui film festivals in Hawaiʻi and overseas. Other projects include a book,Hawaiian Massage Lomilomi, Sacred Touch of Aloha.

In addition to duties as an on-­air host with Hawaiʻi Public Radio, John is a voice-­over actor, producing and narrating books for Audible.com, among other projects.

Past work includes producing and/or directing daytime serials, including The Bold and the Beautiful, One Life to Live, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless. John has received 7 national Emmy nominations, an Emmy Award, and was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award. He is a member of the Hawaiian Historical Society and the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club.

Zak is also an avid photographer. He loves all forms of music, from Hawaiian, to classical, to Brazilian jazz, to Bulgarian folksongs.

Ways to Connect

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John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, August, 21st , 2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is music educator,  Louise King Lanzilotti. Join Louise as she celebrates music of Hokele’a and the sea at 3 PM Hawaii time. You’ll be glad you did.

I will be back on air on August 22nd with special music from the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for  Friday, August 18th   2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is Louise King Lanzilotti. Today’s episode celebrates Tchaikovsky, including “The Tempest,” Manfred Symphony,” and  “Coronation Cantata.”

Join Louise at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music.

I will be back on air on August 22nd with some special episodes about the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for  Thursday, August 17th   2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is Louise King Lanzilotti. Today’s episode celebrates music of  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  We’ll also hear “String Quintet Number 1 in F major, Opus 88,” by Johannes Brahms. Carl Maria Von Weber joins us with “Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Opus 43, J. 182."

I will be back on air on August 22nd with some special episodes about the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for  Wednesday, August 16th   2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is Louise King Lanzilotti. Today’s episode features “Piano Trio Number 2 in F major” by  Robert Schumann. We’ll also hear various short works by Astor Piazzola.  Louise will also present “Violin Concerto number 8 in A Minor, opus, 47," by Louis Spohr. We’ll also have another installment of Passage to the Middle Kingdom, where we explore ancient musical instruments of China and  we'll hear a beautiful piece by Ma Shui-lung, “The Peacock Flies Southwest.”

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for  Tuesday, August 15th  2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is Judy Anderson.  Today’s episode will feature music of Schumann, Erlebach, Dvorak and Beethoven. And you will also be hearing Judy on Thursday’s and Friday’s Evening Concert programs, as well.

I will be back on air on August 22nd with some special episodes about the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, August 14th, 2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is Judy Anderson.  Today’s episode will feature Mendelssohn in many forms. We’ll also hear pieces by Paganini and Virgil Thomson, so be sure to tune in for a  delightfully diverse broadcast. And, don’t miss Judy on Tuesday’s Classical Pacific and on Thursday’s and Friday’s Evening Concert programs, as well. She is a busy lady!

I will be back on air on August 22nd with some special episodes about the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, August 11th, 2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is Louise King Lanzilotti.

Today’s episode will feature works by Nickolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Morton Gould, Dukas, and Ferrer. Louise will offer interesting insights about the music and you are sure to be entertained and refreshed by the wonderful music. Join us at 3 PM for another episode.

I will be back on air on August 22nd with some special episodes about the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the historic music label, Naxos!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday August 10, 2017, on HPR 2. Your host for today is music educator,  Louise King Lanzilotti.

Be sure to tune to Classical Pacific in coming days to hear guest hosts, Judy Anderson and Louise King Lanzilotti! Today,  Louise will share works by Chopin, Liszt, Myaskovsky, and Valentini. As always, Louise will have a fascinating commentary on these works! 3 PM today, Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, August 9th on HPR 2. Prepare for a musical journey into the stratosphere. Lang Lang will perform a piece by Chopin. We’ll hear the mastery of two Brahms works under the direction of Otto Klemperer. Jeff Peterson will take us up Mauka.

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, August 8, 2017. I’m your host, John Zak.

Today we’ll hear music of Walton, Respighi, Stanford, Dowland, and Yoshiki. It’s a veritable cornucopia on Classical Pacific,  on HPR 2 at 3 PM Hawaii time. Tomorrow, we'll deepen our exploration of ancient Chinese musical instruments with another installment of Passage to the Middle Kingdom.

Be sure to tune to Classical Pacific in coming days to hear guest hosts, Judy Anderson and Louise King Lanzilotti!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, August 4th, 2017.  Louise Keali’iloma King Lanzilotti is our guest host for a wonderful three hours, starting at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

You’ll be hearing music by Respighi, Mozart, Falla, Stravinsky, Hindemith, and Bernstein, to ease you into the weekend. Then, Judy Anderson will join us for Evening Concert!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, August 3rd, 2017.  Today’s show is a perfect antidote for monkey chatter and alternative facts. Music heals the heart and the mind.....ready for some of that? I know I am.

Today,  we’ll hear two Brandenburg Concertos by Bach. We’ll also hear some wonderful music by Victor Herbert. Mozart weighs in with his Jupiter Symphony, and we'll hear excerpts of film scores by Ennio Morricone from The Mission and Cinema Paradiso. Edvard Grieg takes a turn on stage with some Symphonic Dances.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, August 1st. It’s Ten Dollar Tuesday...your chance to become part of the HPR ‘ohana with a sustaining pledge of ten dollars a month.
 We are looking for 100 new members willing  to support their favorite programs on HPR. If you listen to these stations regularly, you will know that we offer programing unlike anything else available here in Hawaii, or elsewhere, for that matter......if you’ve thought about joining but have procrastinated, today is the first day of the rest of your life......join our HPR ‘ohana. Listen for details!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, July 31st  on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, we dive deeply into music of Jules Massenet, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Mili Balakirev. We’ll also hear a wonderful orchestral suite from the musical, Carrousel.  What all these artists and the music we’ll hear have in common is a rich imagery that cracks  the imagination of the listener wide open. Massenet wrote music for the ballet and you can hear why he was in demand when you listen to four of his works today.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, July 27th  on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today we celebrate Chopin, Debussy, Rogers and Hammerstein, Shostokovich, and Richard Strauss. Lang Lang makes a brilliant appearance, and we’ll journey to La Mancha to catch up with Don Quijote. Grab your backpack. Classical Pacific begins at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2, your home for classical music.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, July 26th  on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

We continue our celebration of Seiji Ozawa and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with music of Beethoven and Schubert. Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform a wonderful sonata by Brahms. We’ll have another fascinating installment of “Passage to the Middle Kingdom” featuring a segment on the “Dizi”, followed by a haunting concerto by the Central Broadcasting Folk Orchestra of Beijing. Join us!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, July 25th  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

We celebrate the work of three great conductors, today: Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein,  and Esa Pekka Salonen.

We’ll hear works by Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Sor, and Mussorgsky. We’ll also savor gorgeous performance by Anne-Sophie Mutter playing the “Devil’s Trill” by Tartini. Classical Pacific is your sure-fire cure for the almost midweek blues!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, July 20th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, we start off with music of Porgy and Bess. You can’t go wrong with Gershwin! We’ll also hear an energetic piece by Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes of Carl Maria Von Weber.  We also have two gorgeous works by Wilhelm Stenhammar, performed by the Royal National Scottish Orchestra. In the third hour, the musical cornucopia overflows with Symphony Number 5 by Jean Sibelius.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, July 19th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, we celebrate Antonin Dvorak in the first hour with his “Symphony Number 8”  and “Scherzo Capriccioso.”
In the second hour, we’ll hear a fascinating segment on the history of the Guzheng, an ancient musical instrument that is being revived in China. We’ll remain in China for a while with “Double Zheng Concerto - Falcon Catching Swan.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, July 18th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today, we celebrate music of Mussorgsky with “Pictures at an Exhibition.” We’ll hear “An American in Paris” by Gershwin. We’ll hear Glière’s “Symphony Number 2” and Prokofiev’s “Cinderella Suite Number 1.” We’ll also pay tribute to Roland Cazimero who passed away this past weekend.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, July 17th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, July 14th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday, July 13th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, July 12th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak. 
In today’s broadcast, we will hear music of Dohnanyi, Bizet, Respighi, Brahms, and Montaña.
We’ll also take a fascinating journey into the world of Chinese folk musical instruments. And, we'll hear “The Butterfly Lovers” performed by the Shanghai Folk Orchestra. Pack your bags and let’s go!

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, July 11th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Monday, July 10th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We were quite busy at HPR this past Saturday doing a deep cleaning of our production and broadcast studios. The on-air team and our fearless leader, José Fajardo, pitched in will full enthusiasm. We had “Whistle While you Work” morning! The studios are lemony-fresh.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Friday, July 7th,  2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific,  we will celebrate music of Chopin, Grieg, and Dvorak. You will be absolutely transported by  pianist, Seong - Jin Cho and the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra number 1 in E Minor opus 11." He was only 21 years old that the time of that recording.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Thursday July 6th , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific, we will delve deeply into music of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. We’ll hear the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande performing “Four Legends from the Kalevala,” “Finlandia” and “Karelia Suite.”

Leonard Bernstein takes us on a journey with “Harold en Italie” by Berlioz.

We’ll also enjoy several “Bacchianas Brasileiras” by Villa Lobos!

Pack your bags! No passport needed.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Wednesday, July 5h , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific, we’ll hear the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Igor Golovschin, performing several works of Balakirev. We’ll also hear François-Joël Thiollier on piano performing works of Ravel. Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Herbert von Karajan will perform Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor opus 64. We’ll also hear from Ravel and Verdi. Join us at 3 PM Hawaii time on HPR 2.

John C. Zak
John C. Zak

Welcome to Classical Pacific for Tuesday, July 4th , 2017 on HPR 2. I’m your host, John Zak.  

Today on Classical Pacific we’ll enjoy music of some of America’s great composers, including, Gershwin, Grofé,  William Grant Still (the Dean of African American composers), Copland, and Rogers and Hammerstein. This is a day to celebrate those who had the grit to build the United States into the nation she is today. We also celebrate those who made countless sacrifices to make their way to our country, and  we celebrate those who sacrificed life and limb  to protect our freedoms.

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