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.

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.

Photo by Lindsay Baker

August's Student Composer Showcase is no longer a student, but one of Music-COMP's most accomplished alums. 28-year-old Matt Podd is a graduate of North Country Union High School, and in addition to being a successful composer and arranger in New York, he now mentors students working through the same program that helped him excel. We spoke with Matt about how he has developed as a musician over the years, and what he's up to now.

Photo by Robert Eddy

Vermont composer, lecturer, mentor, and singer Erik Nielsen will give a pair of talks about Beethoven on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Manchester Music Festival. Nielsen spoke with VPR Classical's Kari Anderson about our continued fascination with Beethoven - the man, and his music.

Broadcast Wednesday July 30th, at 8:30 a.m.

Vermont Public Radio

Where were you 10 years ago? Ten years ago this week, VPR Classical went on the air at 88.1 in Norwich! With the support of our listeners we have grown from one to 15 stations around the region, as well on HD radio, on your smartphone and online. Help us celebrate the milestone and post requests for your favorite pieces in the comments section.

TURNmusic

Jul 8, 2014

There's a new addition to the classical contemporary music scene here in Vermont: TURNmusic have their inaugural show on Wednesday evening at ArtsRiot in Burlington, which they will encore on the 18th in Waterbury. The group's founder and conductor Anne Decker stopped by with violinist Mary Rowell to talk with Kari Anderson about the new ensemble.

Find out more at TURNmusic.org

Adele Woodmansee

Westfield native Adele Woodmansee is July's Student Composer Showcase. A recent graduate of North Country Union High School, Adele has never been one to take the easy route. She is Harvard-bound next year, after she hikes the long trail and travels in Mexico this fall.

Listen to the Student Composer Showcase Monday at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., Friday at 4 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m. Listen online now.

La Clemenza Di Tito

Jul 4, 2014
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.

Matthew Polenzani sings the title role, with Joyce DiDonato (Sesto), Amanda Majeski (Vitellia), Cecelia Hall (Anno), Emily Birsan (Servilia), and Christian Van Horn (Publio).

Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Justin Lee photography

The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival gives us a live preview of their opening night concert, heading into their 10th anniversary season. Director Kevin Lawrence will be in the studio, joined by the Arianna Quartet playing music of Schubert.

Broadcast June 25, 2014 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

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.

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