Walter Parker

Senior Music Host and Producer

Walter may seem buttoned down while playing classical music, but don't be surprised if you see him touring the back roads of Vermont on his classic Harley Davidson! Walter's passion for classical music is apparent, but his encyclopedic knowledge is indeed impressive. After graduate studies at New York University in Musicology, Walter served as Collection Assistant in the university's Music Library and also catalogued historical jazz records for the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. He began his career in radio at WNCN in New York. He joined VPR in 1984.


Yo-Yo Ma Plays Haydn

4 hours ago

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Michael Stern, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Bernstein: On the Waterfront Suite
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C
John Williams: Heartwood, Rosewood, Pickin'
Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1: selections

Listen Sunday August 19 at 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Zemlinsky: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 3  (David Shifrin, clarinet; Keith Robinson, cello; Wu Qian, piano)
Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata in D, Op. 58  (Paul Watkins, cello; Huw Watkins, piano)

Listen Saturday August 18 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano

Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Grieg: To Spring, from Lyric Pieces
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod

Listen Saturday August 18 at 8 p.m.

Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival visits VPR's Stetson Studio One to preview this year's Festival, bringing music of Mozart and Vaughan Williams.

Listen Friday August 17 at 11 a.m.

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BBC Symphony Orchestra
Karina Canellakis, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Norman: Spiral
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from

Listen Friday August 17 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Schumann: Manfred Overture  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Schoenberg: Transfigured Night)  (Dimitri Mitropoulos, conductor)
Copland: Orchestral variations  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor; Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano)
Gershwin: Cuban Overture  (Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Copland: Danzon Cubano  (Leonard Bernstein)

Listen Thursday August 16 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Mozart: Divertimento in D, K. 251
Bizet: Symphony in C
Borodin (arr. Princiotti): Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2

Listen Wednesday August 15 at 8 p.m.

VPR Classical broadcasts the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival's Artist Spotlight performance by clarinetist David Shifrin and LCCMF co-artistic director, pianist Gloria Chien.

Listen Monday August 20 at noon.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
David Afkham, conductor
Igor Levit, piano

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor

Listen Sunday August 12 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida, piano and conductor
Mozart: Adagio in B minor
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 in F, K. 459
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Trout
Mozart: Serenade in G, K. 525 Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Listen Saturday August 11 at 8 p.m.

Ligeti And Brahms

Aug 9, 2018

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Ligeti: Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano Hommage a Brahms
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78

Listen Saturday August 11 at 7 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Debussy: La Mer
Stravinsky: Petrushka
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9
Holst: Mars, from The Planets

Listen Thursday August 9 at 8 p.m.

BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Mark Simpson, clarinet

Lindberg: Clarinet Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 Leningrad
Martin: Symphonie Concertante

Listen Friday August 10 at 8 p.m.

This week, the Marlboro Music Festival announced that pianist Jonathan Biss would become Co-Artistic Director (along with Mitsuko Uchida); so this week we'll encore his 2014 performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

Listen Wednesday August 8 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

John Adams: Harmonielehre
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
R. Strauss: Til Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28

Listen Sunday August 5 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
John Sharp, cello

Dvorak: Hussite Overture
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition
Catalani: Contemplazione

Listen Saturday August 4 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel  (John Moore, baritone; Gilbert Kalish, piano)
Bridge: Sextet for Strings in E flat

Listen Saturday August 4 at 7 p.m.

From the BBC Proms:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu, conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, piano
BBC Symphony Chorus

Faure: Pavane
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe (complete ballet)

Listen Friday August 3 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 4  (Reri Grist, soprano)
Mahler: Symphony No. 8: Veni Creator Spiritus  (Adele Addison; Lucine Amara; Lili Chookasian; Jennie Tourel; Richard Tucker; Ezio Flagello; George London; Schola Cantorum; Juilliard Chorus; Columbus Boychoir)
Mahler: Symphony No. 10: Adagio

Listen Thursday August 2 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Op. 47  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday August 1 at 8 p.m.