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.


Berlin Philharmonic
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Christian Elsner, tenor; Christian Gerhaher, baritone

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor Unfinished
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Rachmaninoff: The Rock  (Lorin Maazel, conductor)

Listen Friday April 28 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Kari Kriikku, clarinet

Unsuk Chin: Clarinet Concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer  (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone)

Listen Thursday April 27 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano; Jennifer Montone, horn

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat

Listen Wednesday April 26 at 8 p.m.

Mozart & Bruckner

Apr 20, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A

Listen Sunday April 23 at 1 p.m.

Rachmaninoff & Brahms

Apr 20, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
Denis Matsuev, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Sibelius: Etude in A minor
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73
Shostakovich: 2 excerpts from Khovanshchina  (Mussorgsky Orchestra; Kirill Petrenko, conductor)
Schoenberg: Kol Nidrei  (Alberto Mizrahi, cantor/narrator; Riccardo Muti, conductor)

Listen Saturday April 22 at 8 p.m.

Mozart & Korngold

Apr 20, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Mozart: Piano Trio in E, K. 542
Korngold: Piano Quintet in E, Op. 15

Listen Saturday April 22 at 7 p.m.

Oregon Symphony
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Currier: Microsymph
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9  From the New World
Kernis: Sarabanda in Memoriam  (Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor)

Listen Friday April 21 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83

Listen Thursday April 20 at 8 p.m.

Emily Taubl

Cellist Emily Taubl and pianist Paul Orgel give us a live preview of their UVM Faculty Recital.  Music will be by Beethoven, Chopin, Dvorak and Franck.

Listen Friday April 21 at 11 a.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture  (Raymond Leppard, conductor)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D, Op. 60  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)

Listen Wednesday April 19 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

Smetana: The Moldau (Vltava)
Martinu: Symphony No. 6
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Listen Sunday April 16 at 1 p.m.

Dvorak And Chausson

Apr 13, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Dina Kuznetsova, soprano

Dvorak: Gypsy Songs, Op. 55 (selections)
Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21

Listen Saturday April 15 at 7 p.m.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Barber: School for Scandal Overture
William Schuman: Symphony No. 6
Mason Bates: Violin Concerto
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Ives: The Unanswered Question; Three Places in New England  (Susanna Malkki, conductor)

Listen Saturday April 15 at 8 p.m.

Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joe Miller, conductor
Westminster Choir; Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Lori Sims, piano; Jennifer Check, soprano; Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano; Rolando Sanz, tenor; Matthew Anchel, bass

Beethoven: Mass in C, Op. 86
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, Op. 80
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 Pastoral  (Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra; David Zinman, conductor)

Listen Friday April 14 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor,
Liang Wang, oboe

R. Strauss: Don Juan
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Christopher Rouse: Oboe Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

Listen Thursday April 13 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Schubert: Death and the Maiden Quartet, arranged for full symphony orchestra by Andy Stein.

Listen Wednesday April 12 at 8 p.m.

French Music

Apr 7, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Alain Altinoglu, conductor
Renaud Capucon, violin

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2 Le double
Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2

Listen Sunday April 9 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Shostakovich: Five Fragments
Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Listen Saturday April 8 at 8 p.m.

Contemporary Visions

Apr 6, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Xenakis: Rebonds for Percussion
John Adams: Road Movies for Violin and Piano
Mackey: Micro-Concerto for Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

Listen Saturday April 8 at 7 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
R. Strauss: Don Juan
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Listen Friday April 7 at 8 p.m.