Morning Cafe/Morning Concert

Weekdays 8 AM - Noon on HPR-2

Studio Line: (808) 792-8245

About the show:
HPR Music Director Gene Schiller's signature program begins each weekday morning with Morning Cafe, a refreshing blend of music, usually built around a special theme. The program also includes interesting features, and frequently live interviews with visiting guest artists. After the 10am NPR news break, Morning Concert kicks in with longer classical works.

About the host:
Gene Schiller joined HPR in September, 1993 as a board operator. His first break came when he was asked to fill in for Music Director Alan Bunin. Six months later he became the host of Evening Concert, which he hosted for seven years and which continues on HPR-1 (with new hosts) weeknights from 6 to 8 pm.

In 1996, Gene was invited to take over the Sunday morning classical program, Sunday Brunch, which at the time was scheduled from 10 to noon. "About three years later, I turned it into a request program," he recalls, "and soon after that it was expanded to run from 9 to noon, still in the request format."

All are regularly scheduled, station-produced classical programs heard on HPR-1.

Schiller was named HPRʻs Music Director in March 2001.

Born in Los Angeles, Schiller's family moved to Hawaiʻi in 1959, just as he entered the third grade. He's lived here ever since, attending St. Louis and then Kaimukī High School. Schiller has been in radio since 1984 when he got his first job at KORL as a host for a big band show. "I come from a family of musicians," he recalls, "and I am the only member who isn't a musician, doesn't read music or play an instrument - but I've always been a good listener."

About the theme music:

The birds which sing on cue at the beginning of Morning Concert are found on "The Good Brown Earth" on Checkfield's Greatest Hits. This has been the show's theme since the former music director, the late Alan Bunin, hosted the program and has been retained in his honor. It is available on CD. The original CD is called "Water Wind and Stone." It is available on American Gramaphone Record's AAGCD-700. American Gramaphone's address is 9130 Mormon Bridge Road, Omaha, NE 68152.

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

Morning Cafe/Morning Concert with Gene Schiller

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Weekdays 8:00 AM - Noon on HPR-2

Studio Line: (808) 792-8245

About the show:
HPR Music Director Gene Schiller's signature program begins each weekday morning with Morning Cafe, a refreshing blend of music, usually built around a special theme. 

JoAnn Falletta joins Gene Schiller on Morning Café to discuss Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – it’s the Hawaiʻi Symphony’s first concert of the New Year!

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

HPR-2 Listeners' Essential Classical Genres

Aug 11, 2019

We asked HPR-2 listeners to vote for their essential classical genres - the types of music that they simply can't live without. Are you bananas for baroque? Committed to classical? Rapt by romantic?

We counted down the most popular genres during our 2019 Fall Fund Drive - starting with #10 on September 25, and ending with #1 on October 4. 

#10 - Grand Opera

#9 - Film Music

#8 - Concertos

#7 - Romantic

#6 - Early Music

#5 - Solo Piano

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.

HPR's Top 10 Classical Stars

Apr 3, 2019

Yo-Yo Ma, your #1 Classical Star! Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg/Sony Classical Edit | Remove

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.  

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.

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

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!

Performance Today’s Fred Child and Young Artist in Residence Blake Pouliot join Gene Schiller to discuss the challenge of an “artist’s life,” as well as Blake’s upcoming visit to Maui. 

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.

This Sunday’s concert with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra features some exciting local talent.  Gene Schiller speaks with music director, Brian Dollinger.

This Sunday marks the 51st Anniversary Xmas Concert of the Honolulu Chorale.  Ian Capps and choral director Karol Nowicki talk it up on morning café.


Conductor Carl St. Clair speaks of Prokofiev, while guitarist Jeff Peterson demonstrates slack-key as opposed to other techniques.  Both appear this Sunday with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

Early Music Hawaii presents “Music of Three Faiths” this weekend at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Kailua-Kona.  Ian Capps of “The Early Muse” and the Peabody Consort’s Brian Kay discuss the merging of musical styles from this unique period in history.

Versatile conductor Joseph Swensen covers a broad range of topics, from Beethoven and Sibelius, to the effect of music on the “developing brain.”

Pianist Stephen Hough joins Gene Schiller on Morning Cafe to talk about his upcoming novel along with playing Beethoven's Appassionata which he'll be performing during his travels around Hawaii. 

American classical pianist Grace Nikae joined Gene Schiller for a talk this morning about her career and recent move back home to Hawaii.