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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  I'm continuing to share one hour musical portraits of exceiptional individual artists and ensembles. Today I'm focusing on Barry Tuckwell, Jean-Pierre Rampal and the Eroica Quartet. I will probably continue in this vein for at least the rest of this week - so many great artists to share.

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More one-hour performances by master artists today. I'm sharing cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, the Guarneri Quartet and oboist Heinz Holliger. I'll be choosing from music by Mozart, Mocheles, Bellini, Cimarosa, Albinono, Handel, Ferlendis, Smetana, Beethoven, Dovrák, Tchaikovsky and Bach.

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For the rest of the week, I'm devoting one hour each to the sound of an exceptional artist or ensemble. Today, I'm focusing on pianist Claudio Arrau, violist Kim Kashkashian and the Emerson String Quartet, none of whom can even begin to be contained in an hour program. So, three small concerts for you today.

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  Today, and for the following two days, I'll be featuring one performing artist or ensemble per hour. Today, as the title intimates- Jacha Heifetz, David Shifrin and three members of the Romero family. They'll be playing music of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Brahms, Paganini, Copland, Weber, Bach, Boccherini and Vivaldi. It should be a lovely hurricane-free afternoon.

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Yesterday's program on composers who died young led me to the desire to focus an hour each on three of them. Mozart, Schubert and Gershwin all leave us wondering what new territories they may have explored had they lived longer. So, today - music of Mozart, Schubert and Gershwin. 

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Today, music by composers who died young. I'll be featuring music by Alain, Pergolesi, Chopin, Bizet, Lili Boulanger, Schubert, Gershwin, Malibran, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Weber. Join me!

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Today, masters of the Baroque. It's always a pleasure. I'll be playing music of Frescobaldi, Rameau, Handel, Telemann, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Schutz, Corelli and Bach. 

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Following up on yesterday - today Masters of the Classical Period, other than Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven - other composers that can be somewhat forgotten in the glare of these great composers. I'll be choosing from CPE and JC Bach, Gluck, Soler, Dittersdorf, Boccherini, Rosetti, Clementi, Cherubini, Dussek, and possibly more. 

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Today, composers whose last name begins with C. I do these Red Letter Days in order to expose listeners to some composers that they might not have heard, along with some favorites. Today, music by Johannes Ciconia, Robert Carver, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Arcangelo Corelli, François Couperin, Domenico Cimarosa, Emmanuel Chabrier, Georgi Lvovich Catoire, Aaron Copland, John Cage, and Mario-Castelnuovo Tedesco. 

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Today - some great piano performances, a concerto for orchestra, a little Christmas in July, some dancing, and some music attributed to the wrong composer, possibly on purpose. It all seems appropriate for the end of July. Join me!

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So much great music, so little time. I've had to choose just a few of the pieces you've commented on over the past few months. It's been enjoybale choosing and arranging the order of works that I've played over the past few months - sometimes the context of the other works around them puts them in an entirely new light. Today I'll be playing music of Richard Strauss, John WIlliams, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvorák, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Aaron Copland. 

Continuing the theme from yesterday, I'm replaying works from the first few months of my time on Classical Pacific, because music isn't meant to be heard just once and put on a shelf. Today, works by French composers Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Fauré, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, and Jean-Marie Leclair, as well as Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Vivaldi and Barber. 

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  Yesterday, a listener called the station to tell me that he had really loved the particular version of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances I had played a couple of weeks ago, and asked if I might play it again. That set me to thinking that when I like a piece of classical music, I do tend to play it often until it's settled in my bones. So today and tomorrow, I'm going to replay a few of the works I've played for you in the past six months since I came to HPR.

Since I've begun doing Classical Pacific, listeners have let me know, through emails, calls and chance encounters on the street, some of the works they'd like to hear on the program. So, today is the first installment. Listen in and see if your choice is being played today! Also, you are always welcome to email me at llanzilott@hawaiipublicradio to let me know what you would like to hear in the future. I try to bring you a wide cross-section of classical music throughout the centuries, including works by exciting living composers. 

The piano  plays a central role in Classical music. How did it get from its beginnings as a pipe organ or hammered dulcimer to the magnificent 88 key instrument of today? I'll talk a little about its history, and play lots of keyboard music for you today, performed by great artists. 

Here are links to some wonderful resources: 

Note By Note (2016) - notebynotethe movie.com - about the making of Steinway grand piano L1037.

 Today a concert consisting of all orchestral music. I'll be playing a symphony each hour, paired with shorter orchestra works. Composers include Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and possible others. Join me!

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Yesterday I noticed that I had piled quite a few excellent CDs on my desk that hadn't made the cut for programs over the past few weeks. So - today is a cleanup day of wonderful works by Debussy, Gordon Jacob, Michael Haydn, Mozart, Dvorák, Tartini, Mendelssohn and the everpresent Anonymous. 

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The other day I played a program of string ensembles. Today is for winds. I'kk be playing music by Neruda, Piston, Takemitsu, Poulenc, Holst, Mozart, Gounod, Richard Strauss, JS Bach and Clara Schumann. There's a great deal of lovely music on this program! Join me.

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  Today a look at a few of the innovators in Classical Music. I'll share works by composers through the centuries whose innovations have inspired others and transformed Classical Music. Pretty soon I'll be introducing a regular feature called New Voices, and will be sharing composers from the 20th and 21th centuries whose work is blazing new trails in music. Today's program will include composers from the 16th through the 21st centuries. 

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  Today, a celebration of music for stringed instruments. I'll be playing concerti, string quartets, string orchestras, period instrument ensembles and other strings from around the world. It should be a lively and lovely afternoon. 

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A final day of new arrivals for now. I found some very interesting work waiting to be filed and added to the music library - works by Schubert, Bridge, Ravel, Glinka, Richard Strauss, Haydn, Brahms and Mozart. 

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  Mozart is still in the house, which means I'm gathering more new arrivals to our music library for your listening enjoyment. Today, music of Ponce, Boccherini, Barber, Telemann, Bartók Vaughan Williams, Chopin, Mozetich, Bennett and Gershwin - a lively program for summer.

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  When you see Mozart, you may know by now that it's a day for new arrivals to our library. Today, works by Quattromano, Paredes, Haydn, Schubert, Takemitsu, Biber, Prokofiev, Dvorák, Mourao and Piazzola, and possible more. 

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  The history of Classical Music is a history of musical influences and inspirations, from folk music to nature to the music of other composers to pure sound to literature and legend, and so on. Today I'm looking at just a few inspirations in and from the music of Italian, French and Eastern European composers. It's a neverending theme, and always fascinating. 

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Today is devoted to music for wind instruments. I'll also interview two clarinetists from the Hawai‘i Symphony - Jim Moffitt and Norm Foster, as the first interview of a new feature I'm calling Meet Your Symphony. These two have quite a story to tell about their musical and personal connections. You'll also hear music for double reeds - oboe, English horn, bassoon - and more clarinet music. 

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  Mozart is back in the house - that means I'm playing CDs that are new to our library. Works are by Corradini, Chopin, Bach, Gershwin, Mendelssohn, Turina, d'Rivera and Mozart, with a couple of unusual arrangements. The library just keeps growing!

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  Today, a celebration of animals through the works of classical composers. I'll be playing music by Vaughan-Williams, Delius, Haydn, Telemann, Siamak Aghaei, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Schubert and Copland. I'll also be interviewing composer Takuma Itoh and scientist Melissa Price on their recent educational music project, the Symphony of the Birds. Melissa will also appear on the upcoming Science Friday event with Ira Flatow at Hawai‘i Theatre tomorrow evening. 

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  Today, a celebration of American orchestras. I'm choosing from among the orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, and more - a reflection of the variety that is the United States. 

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Today - Classical Music of Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Chile and Brazil, featuring Manuel Ponce, Alberto Ginastera, Pedro Allende, Hécto Tosar, Julian Aguirre, Silvestre Revueltas, Heitor Villa Lobos, Astor Piazzola, Leo Brouwer, Cesar Mariano, Pixinguinha, and Waldir Azevedo. 

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Today, a look at classical music banned during different periods of history. Composers will include Rouget de Lisle, Zoltán Kodály, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Claude Debussy, Alban Berg, Aaron Copland, Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach. 

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