Kari Anderson

Director of VPR Music

Kari has a Master of Music degree from McGill University in Oboe Performance and Orchestral Studies, and is an alum of the Vermont Youth Orchestra. During her time at VPR, she has also managed a major project to digitize a classical music library of more than 5,000 pieces, launched VPR Classical’s social media presence, and has pioneered voice-tracking, a key initiative that will allow for more locally-hosted programming.

Outside of VPR she loves cooking, going to concerts, and playing with her family's dogs and chickens.

Bayreuth Festival 2015 / Enrico Nawrath

Wagner from the source, in the very theater the composer designed for his music dramas. Deutsche Welle presents Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner, recorded from the opening concert of the Bayreuth festival 2015. Hear the Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Bayreuth Festival Orchestra conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Broadcast Saturday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.

Music-COMP

Every month, VPR Classical highlights the music of a young local composer in a feature called the Student Composer Showcase. For November, we meet Waterbury’s Rachel Schwartz, a Junior at Harwood Union High School.

Broadcast Monday 11/2 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 11/4 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 11/6 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 11/7 at 9 a.m.

Courtesy of the Alexander Family

Each month VPR Classical features the work of a young composer, in a feature called the Student Composer Showcase. This October we'll meet Wayne Alexander, an 8th grader at the Glover Community School.

Broadcast Monday 10/5 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 10/7 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 10/9 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 10/10 at 9 a.m.

Courtesy of the Scoppettone Family.

VPR Classical’s monthly Student Composer Showcase features student composers in our region, and is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP’s online mentoring program. This September we’ll meet Anna Scoppettone, who is entering her senior year at Montpelier High School.

Broadcast Monday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 9 at 8:30 a.m., Friday, September 11 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, September 12 at 9 a.m.

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival’s theme for this season is “Sounds of the Wind”, concerts that feature chamber works for a combination of woodwinds, strings, and piano. The opening concert will be broadcast live on VPR Classical this Sunday, hosted by Walter Parker and James Stewart.

Broadcast Sunday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m.

Courtesy of the Kocherlakota Family

This August, we'll hear some new works by recent Burlington High School graduate Eileen Kocherlakota. Eileen was featured for our Student Composer Showcase in May of 2014, and you can hear that interview here.

Felix Broede

This Wednesday, August 5th in Montreal marks the kickoff of the 4th annual Festival Virée Classique - the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's Classical Spree. The festival itself is a series of short concerts, 30 to 45 minutes long, laid out in a near-marathon over the weekend of August 7th and 8th.

Courtesy of Apple Hill

New Hampshire's Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music is now in its 45th season. This year Apple Hill received the CMAcclaim Award from Chamber Music America, presented in a gala concert on Tuesday evening, July 28.

STEVE MORSE

Many people inherit an old piano that ends up gathering dust in the corner of the living room. It's the job of a piano tuner to get under the lid to take care of such a complex and sensitive instrument.

Courtesy of the Dennison Family.

This month's Student Composer Showcase is Jacob Dennison, who enters 11th grade at Lake Region Union High School in the fall. Jacob's piece Winter Walks is meant to represent the different parts of the landscape on a walk around Jacob's snowy backyard.

Performers: Berta Frank, flute; Katie Oprea, oboe; Steve Klimowski, clarinet; Julian Partridge, bassoon; Letitia Quante, violin; Jane Kittredge, violin; Elizabeth Reid, viola; Michael Close, cello; Evan Premo, bass

University of Vermont

Wondering what you should wear to a classical concert? When should you clap? Can you bring your kids?

This month’s Student Composer Showcase features Burlington senior Patricia Bristow-Johnson. Her work, Vermont Variations, features flute, contrabassoon and string quartet. It evokes pastoral scenes from Vermont’s landscape and Church Street on a busy day.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule with 29 weeks to complete the year.

This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival and Opera Southwest.

For the first time in years, an American orchestra will perform in Havana. You can hear this historic concert live on VPR Classical on Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m. One of America's premiere ensembles, the Minnesota Orchestra, travels to Cuba for an all-Beethoven concert. Music Director Osmo Vanska conducts the Symphony #3 the Eroica, the Egmont Overture and the Choral Fantasy with the Cuban National Choir.

Broadcasts Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Courtesy of the Green family

This month, we’re catching up with a Saigelyn Green, a composer we featured in the past and who is now in a very different phase of her development as a composer and musician.

Mieremet, Rob / A / Wikimedia Commons

Today marks Armenian Remembrance Day and the centennial of the mass killings of Armenian citizens during World War I. Here are five Armenian composers whose music we'll highlight in commemoration of the day.

Courtesy of Marlboro College

Marlboro College music professor Stan Charkey has written a new work and it’s one that poignantly brings to life quiet moments from Vermont’s history.

We are excited to announce a new educational series on VPR Classical: Timeline is an exploration into the development of Western music. Take a journey into the events, characters and concepts that shaped our Western musical tradition. Hosted by VPR Classical's James Stewart, we’ll start from the very beginning and trace the steps of music through history.

Starting Monday, April 27, broadcasts Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and Fridays at 7 a.m.

Lindsey Huddle

This weekend, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble has their annual concert featuring new works inspired by a Vermont poet, a show that intersperses the poet reading their works with musical responses from Vermont composers. David Huddle is this year's poet, and he joins VPR Classical's Kari Anderson and Steve Klimowski of the VCME to talk about the project. 

Concerts are Friday at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, and Saturday at the Black Bock Theater, Main Street Landing in Burlington.

Auburn Watersong

Gabriel Harter has had a passion for music since he began piano lessons at the age of 5. Now 16, Harter is a junior at U32 High School and has been studying musical composition with Vermont-based composer Erik Nielsen for 1 year. He’s also been studying classical oboe with oboist Sandra Cathey for over 5 years. 

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