Kari Anderson

Director of Programming

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.

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:


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.

The Shumlin Administration has asked federal regulators to look into why radiation monitors failed recently at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. A Bosnian immigrant has pleaded not guilty in Vermont to federal charges that he lied to immigration authorities by denying involvement in war crimes. The US Dept.

Hot and humid weather is expected to continue for another day and ISO New England has asked consumers to voluntarily conserve power during peak hours. Work is finally about to start on the Rail Train in the Lamoille Valley.  Central Vermont's Moretown Landfill has agreed to close its last remaining section, but may apply for permission in the future to open a new one. The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that sawmill operations on a Pomfret farm are part of the farming operations and therefore exempt from local zoning.

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival

Every summer, the music scene in Vermont offers an embarrassment of riches for music lovers. And live performances can often create a power and intimacy that recordings can’t match. VPR Classical host Kari Anderson highlights three performances around the state this weekend.

See The VPR Summer Music Festivals Page

Music from Disney/Pixar films.

Listen Sunday, June 30, at 1pm.


Randy Newman

music from Toy Story

Boston Pops, Thomas Wilkins, conductor

WCRB Classical New England recording

Label: concert performance recorded on June 5, 2013, at Symphony Hall in Boston

Catalog Number: not commercially available


Thomas Newman

music from Finding Nemo

Boston Pops, Thomas Wilkins, conductor

WCRB Classical New England recording

Kari Anderson / VPR

Electric violin virtuoso Tracy Silverman has been lauded by some of the great names in 20th century music. With concertos written for him (and the 6-string electric violin of his own invention) by the likes of John Adams and Terry Riley, he is a pioneer in a field of ever-blurring genres.