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.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Catalani: Contemplazione
Martucci: Le canzone dei ricordi  (Joyce Di Donato, soprano)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite

Listen Saturday November 18 at 8 p.m.

From Tanglewood 2017:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus Overture
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Listen Sunday November 19 at 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Szymanowski: Nocturne and Tarantella for Violin and Piano, Op. 28
Penderecki: String Trio (1991)
Arensky: Quartet No. 2 in A minor for Violin, Viola and 2 Cellos, Op.35

Listen Saturday November 18 at 7 p.m.

Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin

Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Poulenc: The Model Animals  (French National Orchestra)

Listen Friday November 17 at 8 p.m.

Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

Part 8 of a 10-week Mahler cycle:
Lorin Maazel's final concert as director of the New York Philharmonic in June of 2009.
Christine Brewer, Nancy Gustafson, Jeanine De Bique, sopranos; Mary Phillips, Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-sopranos; Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor; Jason Grant, bass-baritone; Wolfgang Schone, bass; New York Choral Artists; Dessoff Symphonic Choir; Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 Symphony of a Thousand
Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (Kurt Masur, conductor)

Listen Thursday November 16 at 8 p.m.

Glenn Moody Studios

Robert De Cormier died last week at age 95.  He founded the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus in 1993 and led it for 20 years.  This week, music from a concert he conducted in 2012.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Jonita Lattimore, soprano; Susan Platts, alto; Richard Clement, tenor; Kevin Deas, bass
Faure: Requiem
Mozart: Requiem (selections)

Listen Wednesday November 15 at 8 p.m.

From Tanglewood 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Tchaikovsky: July, from The Seasons
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 Classical  (Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; Vinay Parameswaran, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 Little Russian  (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Ken-David Masur, conductor)

Listen Sunday November 12 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano; Regula Muhlermann, soprano

all Mozart:
Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Exultate, Jubilate, K. 165
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Laudamus te, from Mass in C minor, K. 427
Aria Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio
Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 Haffner
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543

Listen Saturday November 11 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

Listen Saturday November 11 at 7 p.m.

Oregon Symphony

Nov 9, 2017

Oregon Symphony
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Harriet Krijgh, cello

Barber: Souvenirs
Kenji Bunch: Aspects of an Elephant
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4

Listen Friday November 10 at 8 p.m.

Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

New York Philharmonic
Rafael Kubelik, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Listen Thursday November 9 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor Unfinished
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 97 Rhenish

Listen Wednesday November 8 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Francois-Xavier Roth, conductor
Elizabeth Rowe, flute; Jessica Zhou, harp

Gossec: Symphonie a 17 parties
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C, K. 299
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55 Eroica

Listen Sunday November 5 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Dvoark: Violin Concerto  (Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday November 4 at 8 p.m.

Finnish Composers

Nov 3, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Crusell: Quartet for Clarinet and Strings in E-flat, Op. 2
Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 Intimate Voices

Listen Saturday November 4 at 7 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
Fazil Say: Paraphrase on Mozart's Alla Turca
Stravinsky: Russian Dance from Petrouchka
Janacek: Sinfonietta
Mozart: Divertimento No. 1 in D, K. 136  (Pinchas Zukerman, conductor)
Debussy: La Mer  (Erich Leinsdorf, conductor)

Listen Friday November 3 at 8 p.m.


The King's Singers

Nov 1, 2017
Marco Borggreve

The King's Singers' 50th Anniversary Tour starts at Middlebury College on Friday.  Two members of the group stop by VPR Classical to visit with Walter Parker and share selections from their new album, Gold.

Listen Friday November 3 at 11 a.m.

Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

Part 6 of a 10-week Mahler cycle:
New York Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini  (Kirill Gerstein, piano)
Bernstein: Candide Overture  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)

Listen Thursday November 2 at 8 p.m.

Christian Steiner

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor  (Albert Brouwer, flute; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello  (Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello; Raymond Leppard, conductor)

Listen Wednesday November 1 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Bach: Air, from Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068
Haydn: Symphony No. 30 Alleluia
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
Chopin: Etude in F, Op. 10, No. 8 (encore)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 Winter Dreams

Listen Sunday October 29 at 1 p.m.