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Get to Know Your Hosts! Q&A with Kathleen Kajioka

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Interview with Kathleen Kajioka, host of A Little Night Music and Dinner Classics

 

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1. How did you get started in broadcasting?
I had a chance encounter with Moses at a fundraising event for the Music Gallery back in late 2006. I was playing violin in the band. He had just bought the old CFMX. We chatted, and next thing I knew I was auditioning to host the overnight show! I guess Moses liked what he’d heard because he hired me and put me on the air… with no previous experience. But I think that’s his way  – to have an instinct about people and then throw them in at the deep end and see how they swim. I’m really glad he did.

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2. What’s the best movie you’ve seen?

Ever? That’s tough… but I keep returning to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. I have a soft spot for masterful use of minimal means. (Also for Grace Kelly… what an entrance!)

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3. If you could only go to ONE more concert in your life, who would you see?

That’s easy: Anything performed by my friend and colleague in Ensemble Masques, Sophie Gent. I would want to have my breath taken away, and I can always count on her for that. But if she’s not available, I’ll take soprano Karina Gauvin, please, or Sondra Radvanovsky.

4. What would your partner/friends say is your most annoying habit?
They have been too kind ever to point one out. But what annoys me most about myself is ill-placed and intense self-criticism and worry. It’s perennial.


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5. Everybody has one thing they cook REALLY well. What’s your specialty?

Icelandic pancakes. Especially now that I have the right pan, just like my mom’s.


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6. Coolest person in entertainment history – GO!

A toss-up between Julia Child and Prince. Really.

7. Favourite gift you ever received?
A glass pipette given to me from grumpy old Bertrand from La Loingtaine in France. It’s a long story.

8. Fiction or non-fiction. Why?
If talking books, I’d say fiction because I love getting lost in a good mystery. But the reality of my reading habits point to non-fiction, as I am constantly perusing Twitter and online news, especially for political analysis.

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9. What’s one book you wish they would make into a TV show?
Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti series. It has already been done in Germany, but I’d love an English language version. Set in Venice, it has huge eye-candy potential — though the casting of Signorina Elettra would be make-or-break!

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10. Name one classical composer that should have his/her own movie:

The life of Dmitri Shostakovich would make for an epic Cold War thriller.

Hear Kathleen Kajioka on A Little Night Music weekdays from 7:00PM – 11:00PM and Dinner Classics Saturdays from 6:00PM – 11:00PM on The New Classical FM.

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