Louise Keali'iloma King Lanzilotti

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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The Pullitzer Prize for Music is given annually to a composer, since 1943, and is designated "for a distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American that has had its first performance in the United States during the year." Today, I'm going to share some of the composers with you. Some, like Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber, received the prize more than once.  

HPR receives new CDs regularly, and I've recently had the time to pick through them and choose music from the 17th through the 21st century to sample for you. Join me for music of Rameau, Saint-Saëns, Ung, Copland, Pandolfi, Kang, Osborne, Bach, Britten and the prolific Anonymous. Perhaps you'll like one of the pieces enough to get one of the CDs yourself. 

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Photo from Paul Barrett's profile on the UH website

Paul Barrett passed away last weekend. He was the principal bassoonist of the Honolulu/Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra for many years, and taught generations of students at the University of Hawai‘i beginning in 1978. Paul was instrumental in getting my non-profit El Sistema-inspired music program Kalikolehua started, and he and his bassoon were a big hit with the students. Paul was a gifted musician and a wonderful friend to many people. He will be greatly missed. In his memory, I'm focusing this program mostly on the bassoon today.

Today - Song and Dance. You'll be hearing arias, ballet suites and Broadway music. Join me to sing and dance with Puccini, Pellini, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Dvorák, Sondheim, Bernstein, Gershwin, Harold Arlen and MORE!  

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Last week I featured the cello in the first hour of a program, and a listener asked if I might do the same for the viola. So here we are. Today, music of stringed instruments, beginning with the viola. You'll also hear lots of piano music, and some chamber ensembles. Join me to hear some great performers, including William Primrose, Kim Kashkashian, Nobuko Imai and Yuri Bashmet - viola; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rosalyn Tureck, Martha Argerich, Mitsuko Uchida and Murray Perahia - piano; and excellent chamber music.  

Music today from composers living and dead. Some you will know, some you may not. I look forward to sharing Richard Harvey, Charles Ives, Mozart, Dvorák, Andrew Norman, Handel, Piazzola, and a Bach-inspired salsa band. You may find some new composers to add to your list of favorites. 

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Today, everything you will hear has a relationship to the letter B, either the name of the composer, performer conductor, piece of music, or something more esoteric. The letter B holds a lot of weight in Classical Music! Join me, and listen to Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Samuel Barber, and Brian Balmages.

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Marc Chagall

Today in the first hour, music involving birds (the cuckoo, the hen, the lark) by Frederick Delius, Joseph Haydn, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Siamak Aghaei; in the second hour, music involving beasts and other creatures (a witch, a gryphon, a wood-nymph, a banshee, and Frankenstein!) by Hector Berlioz, Mason Bates, Jean Sibelius, Henry Cowell and Patrick Doyle; in the third hour, music involving people related to each other by Clara Wieck Schumann, Richard Schumann and Scott Wollschleger. 

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