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.

Malayna Johnson

Malayna Johnson is a senior at Harwood Union High School and March’s Student Composer Showcase. Her Latin-jazz inspired piece for brass quintet is called Limitless, referring to her desire to push musical boundaries. In it, horns growl, climbing into screeching high registers, pushing the limits of what the instruments can do.

Dartmouth College

The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble presents "An Evening in Metropolis" this Friday evening, in a concert that pairs new music with Fritz Lang's classic expressionist film "Metropolis." 

DCWE director Matthew Marsit joined VPR's Kari Anderson to talk about where the idea for this concert came from, what the current relevance of the film is, student reactions, what concert goers can expect and music as a living medium.

Music Composition Online Mentoring Program

Susie Francy is a junior at Leland and Gray and February’s Student Composer Showcase. Her composition, called “Apollo’s Medley,” is about the transition from day to night.

Francesca Orsini/VPR

For January’s Student Composer Showcase we’re going behind the music, and learning more about the group that supports Vermont’s young composers. Music-COMP is the music composition online mentoring program that connects students with professional composer mentors in an online discussion forum, and organizes live performances of student work. The Music-COMP's 20th anniversary is in 2015. We’ll learn more about Music-COMP from Executive Director Sandi MacLeod, and hear a student work with a special significance.

GMMF

Thursday marks the 5th anniversary of the Green Mountain Mahler Festival's New Year's performance of Beethoven's Symphony #9. GMMF President Dan Weiss tells us about the tradition, and about the festival's history.

Listen Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Performance Details: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 3pm at the Elley Long Music Center, Colchester. Find out more at vtmahler.org or flynntix.org

Courtesty of the Halladay Family

Anna Halladay is an 8th grader at Edmunds Middle School, and December's Student Composer Showcase. As a cellist, Anna pays special attention to the bass line of her works. Listen for a conversation with Anna, and hear her String Quartet.

Broadcast Monday 12/1 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 12/3 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 12/5 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 12/6 at 9 a.m.

Curtis Johnson

Cantus, one of the premiere men's vocal ensembles, talks with host Alison Young about the holiday, music and food. This year's special presentation will focus on gratitude for nourishment and all that surrounds us.

Broadcast Thursday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m.

Playlist:

Food, Glorious Food — Lionel Bart

For the Beauty of the Earth — Folliott Sandford Pierpoint arr. Rudoi

Sakura — Trad., arr. Ko Matsushita

Trinklied — Mendelssohn

How Can I Keep from Singing? — Lowry, arr. Stephen Caracciolo

Peace I Leave With You — Hollaway

The Magill Family

November's Student Composer Showcase is Duxbury's Erin Magill, a 9th grader at Harwood Union High School. Erin's piece Shades of Purple uses different instrumental tone colors to evoke lavendar, magenta and deep purple hues.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program.

courtesy of the Durling Family

October's Student Composer Showcase is Dummerston's Molly Durling, a 9th grader at Brattleboro Union High School. Molly has a life-long passion for Northern traditional music, from contra dances to fiddle music of Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Norway. Grand Jig is a tribute to her ancestors, "...who came from different countries, played different instruments and remembered the old songs."

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Han-Na Chang, conductor
Denis Matsuev, piano
 

BEHZAD RANJBARAN: Seemorgh

RACHMANINOV: Concerto for Piano No. 2, Op. 18

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in e

Broadcast Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m.

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

JANACEK: From the House of the Dead

DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B minor

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

Broadcast Friday September 19 at 8 p.m.

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin/arr. Rose: "Strike Up the Band" from Strike Up
the Band
Copland: Clarinet Concerto; Marc Nuccio, clarinet
Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
Wagner/arr. Gilbert: A Ring Journey (Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Broadcast Thursday September 25 at 8 p.m.

Tito Munoz, conductor

Strauss Jr: Die Fledermaus Overture

Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind Franklin Cohen, clarinet

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Broadcast Wednesday September 24th at 8 p.m.

Brahms German Requiem

Sep 25, 2014

From the Vienna Musik Verein Concert
Franz Welser-Most, conductor

Malin Hartelius, soprano; Simon Keenlyside, baritone; Vienna Friends of Music Chorus

Brahms: "Song of Destiny"
Brahms: A German Requiem

Broadcast Wednesday September 17 at 8 p.m.

Ben Resnik

Walter Parker's 30th anniversary at Vermont Public Radio is the first day of October, and we're celebrating! Join us for a live concert broadcast from the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, October 1st at 11:30.

Composer Beth Wiemann

Sep 17, 2014

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's Made in Vermont tour kicks off this weekend. They have a world-premiere on the program from Burlington native Beth Wiemann. She spoke with VPR Classical about the new work and what audiences can expect from "Before the Snow."

Broadcast Wednesday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m.

For over 40 years Dr. Brian Webb was a central figure in the Vermont music community, especially in the world of choral music. He died recently in a sailing accident on Lake Champlain.

Linda Radtke has gathered musical memories of Dr. Webb from his colleagues in the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Onion River Chorus, and Christ Church Episcopal Choir. She'll share those remembrances, along with favorite pieces by Handel, Mozart, Rodrigo, and others.

Listen Friday at 3 and Sunday at 11.

Sandi MacLeod

September's Student Composer Showcase is Ethan Duncan, who enters 8th grade at Williston Central School this fall. Ethan whistles while he works - literally working out his melodies with a whistle before committing them to the page.

Listen Monday at 11:30am; Wednesday at 8:30am; Friday at 4pm, and Saturday at 9am.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program. Find out more at music-comp.org

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

Each summer the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival welcomes a select group of young composers to write a piece for the Festival and learn about all facets of the Vermont arts community. This year's composers were TJ Cole, Chelsea Komschiles and Nils Verosky. They stopped by the VPR Classical studio with Young Composer-in-Residence Philip Golub to share what pieces of classical music they can't do without. 

The VPR Choral Hour

Aug 4, 2014
Glenn Moody studios

VPR Classical has a new program on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. Join host and Vermont singer Linda Radtke for the VPR Choral Hour, an exploration of the range of great classical choral works, from madrigals to masses. Linda shares her passion and knowledge with our listeners, featuring a Vermont chorus on each program, as well as the rich recorded legacy of major choral works.

Listen Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

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