Classical Pacific

Weekdays 3-6pm on HPR-2
  • Hosted by Louise Keali‘iloma King Lanzilotti

The finest of the world’s classical music to ease your afternoon drive. Featured on this newest of HPRʻs classical music programs will be the great orchestras, artists, and opera companies of the Pacific region, including Hawai‘i’s own.  Every other Friday, a special segment called “The Big Ears Music Club” will introduce young listeners to the joys of classical music.

Louise Keali‘iloma King Lanzilotti comes from a multi-ethnic background that has informed many of her beliefs. Her experience covers artistic, educational and administrative areas of the arts. As a conductor, she has been the musical director for many musicals in the past thirty years. In 2010, she founded Kalikolehua – El Sistema Hawai‘i, a free orchestra program for children from underserved neighborhoods, focused on transforming lives through music. She was the Managing Director of Honolulu Theatre for Youth for ten years (2001-2011), guiding it to greater stability through creative solutions and extensive partnerships. She served as Curator of Education at the former Contemporary Museum for thirteen years (1988-2001). Lanzilotti taught for over twenty years in public, private and alternative schools K – 12, developing a method of writing music and plays with students, which solidified her understanding of the importance of arts engagement for all. 

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HPR Listeners' 100 Classical Favorites (played during Spring 2017 Fund Drive)

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So many conductors - so little time. Today I'm continuing to look at conductors who've made indelible marks on Classical music performance in the 20th and 21st centuries. Their conducting reflects the changes in style and in what constitutes Classical music over the past century. A German, an Englishman and an American woman will conduct the work of Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Adams, Sibelius, Milhaud, Tower, Barber, Johnson and O'Connor.

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JoAnn Falletta was chosen by you, the listeners, to be the Number 1 Magical Maestro of the fund drive. I begin today with some examples of her work, and follow with some other deserving conductors in the second and third hour today, and all of tomororow. Among them, they will conduct works by Nino Rota, Alfredo Catalani, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Joseph Kreutzer, Joaquin Rodrigo, Dmitri Shostakovich and Germaine Tailleferre.

  Today is the third day of a review of the Magical Maestros - conductors chosen by you, the listeners, to highlight during the Spring fund drive. I'm reviewing them through some of their outstanding recordings this week. Today, numbers 4 - Georg Solti, 3 - Seiji Ozawa, and 2 - Leonard Bernstein. I'll be playing more extended examples of their work than we had time for during the drive. 

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All week I'm reviewing the Magical Maestros chosen by you, the listeners of HPR, then adding a few others deserving of praise toward the end of the week. I'm not necessarily going in order. Enjoy the work of these amazing artists with me from 3-6pm today on HPR2.   

Call 944-8800 to donate from Ō’ahu, 888-970-8800 from the other islands, the mainland and Canada, or donate on the website or the HPR App. 

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  The Spring Membership Drive has ended on a very successful note. I want to thank all of the people who donated, volunteered, fed us, spoke on air in support of our mission and helped throughout the drive. I have a new respect for the entire HPR community, which spreads throughout Hawai‘i, the mainland and internationally. For most of this week I'll be reviewing the Magical Maestros that were chosen by you, the listeners. I may even have some time to play a few that didn't make the cut but are amazing in their own right.

  Only a few hours to go on the membership drive for Spring 2018, and we're doing very well. Mahalo to the many donors we've had for the past ten days. I don't know exactly what music I'll be playing today - if the drive ends before Classical Pacific, I'll be doing a full three hour program - but I have all the music lined up for the day, whether in pledge mode or full mode. 

Call 944-8800 to donate from Ō’ahu, 888-970-8800 from the other islands, the mainland and Canada, or donate on the website or the HPR App. 

  Day nine of the Membership Drive We're almost there. Mahalu nui loa to all of the donors so far, whether you are new, renewing or sustaining. We've recevied donations from throughout Hawai‘i, as well as from the mainland US and Canada, and from other countries. Today I'll be playing music of the Magical Maestro of the Day (listen to find out who you chose), and will play music by Smetana, Schubert, Bernstein, Beethoven Brahms, Handel and Bach.  

  At the beginning of the eighth day of the Membership Drive, we've raised over $500,000 towards our $865,000 goal. Mahalo nui loa to all of the donors so far, whether you are new, renewing or sustaining. We've recevied donations from throughout Hawai‘i, as well as from the mainland US and Canada, and from other countries. Today I'll be playing music of the Magical Maestro of the Day (listen to find out who you chose), and will play music by Wagner, Bach, Dvorák, Offenbach, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Fauré and Tchaikovsky. Don't wait until the last day to donate!

  Today is day seven of the membership drive, and we've raised over $500,000 so far, with almost 500 new members joining as well. Mahalu nui loa to all of the donors so far, whether you are new, renewing or sustaining. We continue to receive donations from throughout Hawai‘i, as well as from the mainland US and Canada, and from other countries. Today I'll be playing music of the Magical Maestro of the Day (listen to find out who you chose), and will play music by Beethoven, Telemann, Bach, Brahms, Bizet, Ravel and Dvorák. 

We begin the second half of the Spring Membership Drive with less than $400,000 to go on a goal of about $880,000. Mahalu nui loa to all of the donors so far, whether you are new, renewing or sustaining. We've recevied donations from throughout Hawai‘i, as well as from the mainland US and Canada, and from other countries. Today I'll be playing music of the Magical Maestro of the Day (listen to find out who you chose), and will play music by Bach, Mussorsky, Brahms, Turina, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Johann Strauss II. 

Fund Drive day two. Yesterday was an exciting first day for the fund drive. I won't know the totals for the day until I get to the station, but calls, online pledges and pledges on the HPR App were rolling in so fast that in the last two breaks on Classical Pacific we just read lots of thank yous on the air. The Magical Maestro for the day (#10) was Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra - keep listening to find out who the next one is.

Today is the first day of the Spring Fund Drive. If you love Classical Music, this is the only radio station that offers it to you - 24/7. 

I’ll be playing music of the Magical Maestro for the the day as well as classical works from every period throughout the drive. 

Call 944-8800 to donate from Ō’ahu, or donate on the website or the HPR App. 

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Today I’ve decided to just play some of the CDs that have been sitting on my desk because I knew I wanted to play them sometime, and they have coalesced into an interesting program of mostly piano and chamber music, including works by Brahms, Surinach, Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Bach.

I chose music for the day with varied colors and textures, leading up to the semi-annual fundraiser, which begins on Wednesday. Enjoy the colors of Handel, Mozart, Ponce, Robert Beaser, Donald Womack and Dave Brubeck.   

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  Johann Sebastian Bach was born 333 years ago tomorrow. I invite you to celebrate his amazing musical life with me. I can't even begin to do justice to the scope of his work, but I'm going to have a good time trying.

In the 5pm hour, I'll be visited by Kenneth Broberg, the Silver Medalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. 

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This is the third and final day (for a while) for sharing new arrivals to our library. I am thoroughly enjoying becoming more familiar with the library in general and with our new additions. Today I'll be playing music of Borodin, Schubert, Telemann, Osvaldo Golijov, Schumann, Debussy, Turina, Patricia Van Ness, Satie, Haydn, Bach and Bernstein. Let me know how you're liking the selections and what else you'd like to hear.

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My goal each day is to give you a balanced sonic and emotional experience that includes some work that you may know and some that may be new to you.  Today and tomorrow I'm continuing to reach into the drawer of excellent new CDs in the HPR library. Join me to hear works by Antonio Vivaldi, Zoltán Kodály, Tchaikovsky, Samuel Barber, Nicolo Paganini, Georg Philipp Telemann, Claude Debussy, Cuban Baroque composer Esteban Salas, and contemporary composers Dan Lyn, Chinary Ung and Padma Newsome. 

Have I told you yet how much I love looking through the new CD drawer (which used to be new CD piles) and finding music to share with you on Classical Pacific? A free treat every day. For today's show I found music by Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Amy Beach, César Franck, Enrique Granados, Ludwig von Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, JS Bach, Claude Debussy, and Reza Vali. The last composer, Vali, is new to me, as is the cellist playing his work. A satisfying day of discovery.

Today I've created a day of concerti for you, music on various instruments and from various musical periods for Oboe, Trumpet, Violin, Bassoon, Piano, Trombone and Cello. I won't play the complete concerto in every instance, but I hope to give you a wonderful concert of varying colors and textures.

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It's Friday, and I've decided to feed you a mixed plate of leftovers today - music that made it to my desk but hasn't been shared on the air yet. You might hear music from James Galway, John Cage, JS Bach, John Adams, William Schuman, John WIlliams, Stephen Sondheim, the Brazillian String Quartet, Stephen Flaherty, Manuel de Falla, Johannes Brahms, John Cunliffe (a tuba concerto!) and Ennio Morricone.

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  In his brief life of 35 years, Mozart composed over 600 works, including 41 symphonies and 21 operas. Beethoven lived longer, but began going deaf in his 20s and continued writing more and more adventurous works even though he was almost totally deaf by 40. Today I'm playing early middle and late works by each composer, for a very small sample of the brilliant development of each composer's work. 

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  Although I regularly include women composers in my programs,  today I'm playing only works by women composers.

  As promised in the title, I'm focusing on the Letter D today - composers whose last name begins with D and/or performers with a D in their name. You'll hear music by Dallopiccola, Donizetti, Dufay, Dowland, Dieupart, Delibes, Debussy and more. It should be Delightful, Delirious, De-Lovely. 

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  In 1893 exciting works by Brahms, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Rachmaninov premiered in various parts of Europe. Today, I'm going to share these works with you, alternating them with new works by Britten, Ginastera, Copland, Rogers and Prokofiev, written fifty years later. 

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  Yesterday I wandered through the library collecting interesting music to play for you, and I have lots of good choices left, so today, I'm continuing with my selections. Today, music of Brahms, Boccherini, Haydn, Beethoven, Hindemith, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, and possibly more. 

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  I like searching through the HPR library for inspiration and to find hidden gems. Today I've collected work by Charles Dieupart, Arvo Pärt, Henri Vieuxtemps, James Horner, Frédéric Chopin, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Sally Beamish, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Clara Schumann-Wieck, Johann Sebastian Bach and Enrique Granados. The works stretch through the centuries, and it should be a wonderful afternoon of music.

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Today - A Day in Music. I'll begin the program with composers' interpretations of sunrise, and end with the transfigured night. Join me!

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  Today I've chosen more concerti and small chamber works than I can possibly play on the radio in three hours. I will pick as I go from the Mozart Horn concerti; Brahms violin sonatas; a guitar concerto by Steve Gray; Schubert piano sonatas; a string quartet by Ginastera, Wolf or Debussy; short works for piano and cello; a Tan Dun guitar concerto; a Vivaldi trumpet concerto, a chamber work by Silvestre Revueltas, and a piano concerto by Wilhelm Stenhammer. This may turn into a multi-day project.

Throughout the history of Western music, composers have been inspired by the work of composers who came before them. Today, I'll focus on some of those inspirations from Palestrina to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorák. 

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Today will be a day of contrasts. I'm looking forward to exploring the richness of traditional and new works, well-known and lesser known works, and works with unique instrumentation. Composers featured will include Johann Stamitz, Franz Doppler, Beethoven, Steven Burke, Mendelssohn, Tom Cipullo, Mozart, Schumann, Alfred Schnittke, Bartók, Tan Dun, Haydn and Glazunov!

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