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)

Rev. Dan Werning talks with Gene Schiller this morning about the renovated organ at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Kailua.

Susan McCreary Duprey joined Gene Schiller in the studio to talk about the upcoming concert of Requiem for the Living performed by the Windward Choral Society.   The performance will be at thehistoric Kawaiaha‘o Church at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Guest Conductor Rick Benjamin talked with Gene Schiller about an upcoming performance celebrating the Clown Princes of silent films, Charlie Chaplain, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton, at the Orvis Auditorium, U.H. Manoa.

Sayaka Shoji and Ken Lam on Morning Cafe

May 9, 2017

Violinist Sayaka Shoji and conductor Ken Lam are in Honolulu for a pair of concerts May 13th and 14th with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. They joined HPR's Music Director, Gene Schiller to talk about their upcoming performances.

HSO Artistic Director JoAnn Falletta and Composer Anders Paulsson  were in the studio this morning to talk about their upcoming performance with the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra featuring a new work by Paulsson titled "Kumulipo Reflections."

March17, 2017: Organist Joey Fala

Mar 17, 2017

For the past 12 years, the Hawaii chapter of the American Guild of Organists has chosen a rising star to present a special  concert at central union church in Honolulu.  This year they've chosen, Joey Fala, a graduate of Iolani  High who has been given that honor.  Gene Schiller talks with Joey about the concert and the honor of being selected.  

Frederica von Stade on Morning Cafe

Mar 16, 2017


Frederica von Stade makes her HOT debut as Madeline, in what the Houston Chronicle called, “the role of a lifetime" when she created it in 2008.  She spoke with HPR's Gene Schiller about her career and about her experience with HOT's production of "Three Decembers"  

Hawaii Opera Theatre will take this production throughout the islands and, with HPR, will be offering exclusive ticket packages including pre-show dinners.

HSO's Mark Votapek

Feb 1, 2017

Gene Schiller interviews HSO Cellist Mark Votapek for an upcoming concert featuring the Brahms Violin and Cello Concerto in A minor

Andre Previn's Opera A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the famous play of the same name is being performed on January 27, 29, and 31st, 2017 at the NBC Concert Hall By Hawaii Opera Theatre. HPR's Gene Schiller sat down with singers from the HOT performance to talk about the opera.