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.


Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jakub Hrusa, conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

Smetana: Sarka, from Ma Vlast
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Janacek: Taras Bulba

Listen Sunday September 24 at 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Haydn: Piano Trio in A  (Ani Kavafian, violin; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Wu Han, piano)
Mendelssohn: Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings  (Benjamin Beilman, violin; Wu Han, piano)

Listen Saturday September 23 at 7 p.m.

From the BBC Proms:
Vienna Philharmonic
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat, K. 449
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92
R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration  (Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor)

Listen Friday September 22 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor (Music Director Designate)
Cynthia Phelps, viola (NYP Principal)

Wagner: Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin
Julia Adolphe: Unearth, Release (Concerto for Viola)
Tchaikovksy: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Tchaikovsky: selections from The Nutcracker  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Listen Thursday September 21 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Mozart: Serenata Notturna in D, K. 239
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

Listen Wednesday September 20 at 8 p.m.

Mozart's Requiem

Sep 14, 2017
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Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano; Lucy Crowe, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Ben Johnson, tenor; Morris Robinson, bass; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Mozart: Requiem

Listen Sunday September 17 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

Glazunov: Concert Waltz No. 1
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 19
Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543  (Pinchas Zukerman, conductor)

Listen Saturday September 16 at 8 p.m.

Schumann And Wolf

Sep 14, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Schumann: Marchenbilder, Op. 113  (Paul Neubauer, viola; Juho Pohjonen, piano)
Wolf: Lieder  (Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jupiter String Quartet)
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47  (Juho Pohjonen, piano; Erin Keefe, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello)

Listen Saturday September 16 at 7 p.m.

From the BBC Proms:
Oslo Philharmonic
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 12 The Year 1917
Rachmaninoff: Isle of the Dead (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)

Listen Friday September 15 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5  (Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Zubin Mehta and Jaap van Zweden, conductors)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World  (Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel and Alan Gilbert, conductors)
Gershwin: An American in Paris

Listen Thursday September 14 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 Haffner  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Gershwin: Lullaby  (Jaime Laredo, conductor

Listen Wednesday September 13 at 8 p.m.

Mozart And Bruckner

Sep 7, 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 September 10 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano

Lutoslawski: Musique funebre
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique
Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moscow River and Dance of the Persian Maidens from Kovanschina  (Kirill Petrenko, conductor)

Listen Saturday September 9 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Danish String Quartet

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F, Op. 135
Nielsen: String Quartet No. 4 in F, Op. 44

Listen Saturday September 9 at 7 p.m.

From the BBC Proms:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Stephanie d'Oustrac, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Bell, violin; Cameron Carpenter, organ

De Falla: El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician)
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 with Organ

Listen Friday September 8 at 8 p.m.

From the BBC Proms:
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor
David Butt Philip, tenor; James Rutherford, baritone; National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
R. Strauss: Music from Die Frau ohne Schatten
Prokofiev: Seven, They are Seven
Walton: Belzhazzar's Feast
Delius: In a Summer Garden  (Richard Hickox, conductor)

Listen Friday September 1 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
John Bogart, boy alto; Felicia Montealegre, speaker; Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano; Paul Sperry, tenor; Bruce Fifer, bass-baritone; Camerata Singers

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (world premiere)
Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 Kaddish
Bernstein: Suites Nos. 1 & 2 from The Dybbuk

Listen Thursday September 7 at 8 p.m.

Christian Steiner / Frank Salomon Associates, Inc.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

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

Listen Wednesday September 6 at 8 p.m.

Debussy & Faure

Aug 31, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Debussy (arr. Bavouzet): Jeux, for 2 Pianos  (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Anne-Marie McDermott, pianos)
Faure: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15  (Yura Lee, violin; Richard O'Neill, viola; Jakob Koranyi, cello; Juho Pohjonen, piano)

Listen Saturday September 2 at 7 p.m.

The Rite Of Spring

Aug 31, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams: Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Respighi: The Fountains of Rome  (Manfred Honeck, conductor)

Listen Saturday September 2 at 8 p.m.