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.

Kathleen Porter

June's Student Composer Showcase is Nathan Watts, a senior at Essex High School. Nathan wrote about his piece, Time Immemorial, "It’s based on a piano piece I wrote when I was trying to explain my complex frustration about an event that had occurred recently to someone and, unable to fully express it with words, I sat down at the piano in the room and started improvising, showing them how I felt through music."

Hear Nathan discuss his work 6/2 at 11:30, 6/4 at 8:30, 6/6 at 4, 6/7 at 9.

Tim Johnson

Nothing says summer like blockbuster movies! On Saturday June 14th at 10 a.m., join Kari Anderson and Tim Johnson for two hours of film music on VPR Classical. We’ll have Romance, Adventure, Drama, Classic Film scores from the 1930s to the great composers of today. We’ll see you at the movies!

Listen Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on VPR Classical

Courtesy of UVM Medical School

Students graduating from the University of Vermont Medical School on Sunday won't just have their new degrees. They'll walk to the first-ever performance of Vermont Passacaglia by graduating Med student, Adam Ackerman. Ackerman's piece will replace the traditional Pomp And Circumstance March.

Before turning to medicine, Ackerman studied music at Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music. He spoke with Kari Anderson about his piece, and the uncanny connection that some doctors seem to have to music.

Broadcast Saturday, May 17 at 9:40 a.m.

Christine Bourgier

Summer festival season is just beginning, and it's getting a head start in Montreal. May 8th begins the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the city's first and only festival of chamber music which now enters it's 19th year. Kari Anderson spoke with founder and artistic director Denis Brott about his vision for the festival, and how he was shaped by his time at Marlboro.

Broadcast Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 a.m.

Sandi MacLeod

May’s Student Composer Showcase is Burlington High School Junior Eileen Kocherlakota. Her song "The Old Man of the Sea" was based on the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley. The work sounds jaunty at first, and then slowly reveals a deeper and darker meaning.

VPR Classical's Kari Anderson spoke with Eileen about her writing style and compositional process, and about composing for voice for the first time.

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

Vermont Youth Orchestra Association

The Vermont Youth Orchestra's 50th Anniversary Season culminates in two concerts this weekend. To celebrate, VPR Classical hosts will speak with some of the musicians involved in this weekend's festivities.

On Friday morning at 11 Walter Parker will speak with past and present directors of the VYO.  Troy Peters conducts an orchestra of VYO alumni in Finlandia by Sibelius as part of Sunday's concert.  Current director Jeffrey Domoto will lead the VYO, VYO Chorus and members of the music community in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. 

Sandi MacLeod

April’s Student Composer Showcase is Johna Saltsman, a senior at North Country Union High School in Newport, Vermont. Johna has had a musical upbringing, and has been performing almost all her life. Her work Jazzy Quintet went on tour with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet.

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

Listen: Monday at 11:30 am, Wednesday at 8:30 am, Friday at 4:00 pm, and Saturday at 9:00 am

W.W. Norton & Company, 2013

This weekend the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble celebrates their 4th annual concert pairing poetry and music. Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt will read her work alongside compositions inspired by them, from Vermont composers Andrew Massey, Fusun Koksal, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Tom Cleary, and Michael Close. Kari Anderson spoke with the VCME's Steve Klimowski about the collaboration.

Listen Thursday morning at 8:30.

Kari Anderson / VPR

This Saturday the Vermont Music Teacher's Association and the Vermont Guild of Piano Technicians are putting on a "Piano Deconstruction", taking apart an old piano to demonstrate how it all works. Lisa Goodrich, a pianist, teacher, VMTA member and donor of the piano came in to the studio to tell us how it all started, and what to expect this weekend.

Listen Thursday at 12:30 and Friday at 8:30.

Hopkins Studio, Denver, Colorado, United States

As Women's History Month draws to a close, all this week we are featuring women composers, performers, and conductors who have shaped and continue to shape the world of classical music.

For 40 years, Ray Still was the principal oboe for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ray passed away overnight, just hours after turning 94.

This morning we'll celebrate his great musical contributions by sampling his recorded legacy, and at 8:30 hear a conversation that Kari had with Ray last October.

Photo: Christian Steine

This Saturday, Middlebury College hosts a celebration and dedication of their new Steinway concert grand piano. Kicking off the festivities will be Juilliard's President Dr. Joseph Polisi, who gives an address entitled "The Arts, Education, and the Human Experience". Dr. Polisi gave us a preview of his speech, and spoke about the changes at Juilliard since he started there.

Photo by Rebecca Fay

The Dartmouth College Glee Club performs this Saturday evening at the Hopkins Center. The concert features Dartmouth guitar instructor John Muratore, and Met Opera tenor (and six-time Opera North artist) Hugo Vera in a variety of choral works from Spain and Latin America.

Kari Anderson spoke with Hugo Vera and the Glee Club's director Louis Burkot about the concert and their history of collaboration.

VPR and the UVM Lane Series present a live broadcast of the Gryphon Trio and jazz vocalist Patricia O'Callaghan this Friday at 3 p.m.

This Saturday evening at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the 802 Quartet and soprano Abigail Haynes Lenox will premiere a new work called Suite in Mudtime. The piece sets the words of Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea to the music of composer Joseph Hallman. Kari Anderson speaks with Joseph Hallman about the collaboration, and about his compositional process.

Listen Friday morning at 8:30.

Details about the concert are at:

http://www.vcfa.edu/syd-lea

Maestro Jeffrey Domoto, Music Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, speaks with Kari Anderson about the VYO's concert this Sunday at 3 at Burlington's Flynn Center. The concert features two VYO alums: composer Pierre Jalbert and violinist Soovin Kim, as well as works by Kevin Puts, Pablo de Sarasate and Franz Liszt. More information is at vyo.org

Listen Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Listen Thursday morning at 8:30 for an interview with Vanderbilt University's Michael Alec Rose. He'll give us a preview of "Beethoven and the Beatles", his talk for the Vermont Humanities Council's Fall Conference taking place this weekend.

The Imani Winds

Oct 25, 2013
VPR/Tim Johnson

The Imani Winds come to VPR this Friday afternoon. The ensemble is known for its focus on works by Latino and African-American composers. They’ll speak with VPR Classical Host Kari Anderson about their evening performance with the UVM Lane Series.

Listen Friday at 3.

AP/Ariel Schalit

The bassoon, is that the one that looks like a clarinet? What puts the double in a double bass, and how come brass instruments are so darn loud? If you’ve found yourself wondering about the ins and outs of instruments, the VPR Classical team has everything you always wanted to know about the instruments of the orchestra with Instrumentally Speaking, a month-long celebration of musical instruments of all shapes, sizes, and sounds!

Listen weekdays at 8:05, 12:05, and 4:05

Jeffrey Chappell Live

Sep 13, 2013

Pianist Jeffrey Chappell joins VPR Classical's Kari Anderson for live music from our Performance Studio. He performs in Montpelier on Saturday night with longtime Boston Pops Orchestra pianist Bob Winter, in a program with works from both jazz and classical repertoire.

Find out more about their performance with Capital City Concerts here.

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