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
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Corigliano: Fantasia on an Ostinato
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Bach: Sonata for Solo Violin No. 2: Andante
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

Listen Sunday July 29 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Gaultier Capucon, cello

Stravinsky: Scenes de Ballet
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet selections
R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration

Listen Saturday July 28 at 8 p.m.

Britten And Dvorak

Jul 26, 2018

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Britten: Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, Op. 51  (Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Anthony Griffey, tenor; Gloria Chien, piano)
Dvorak: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 26  (Nicolas Dautricourt, violin; Nicolas Altstaedt, cello; Gloria Chien, piano)

Listen Saturday July 28 at 7 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314  (Robert Langevin, flute; Bernard Labadie, conductor)
Tan Dun: Concerto for Water Percussion  (Christopher Lamb, percussion; Kurt Masur, conductor)
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K. 622  (Anthony McGill, clarinet; Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Rouse: Flute Concerto  (Robert Langevin, flute; Leonard Slatkin, conductor)

Listen Thursday July 26 at 8 p.m.

Mark Allan / BBC

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Sakari Oramo, conductor
BBC Proms Youth Ensemble; National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Knussen: Flourish with Fireworks
Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region
Holst: The Planets
Meredith: Five Telegrams
Dvorak: Scherzo Capriccioso

Listen Friday July 27 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Weber: Oberon Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Elgar: Enigma Variations  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday July 25 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Raquel Lojendio, soprano

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23
Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
de Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet  (Claudio Abbado, conductor)

Listen Sunday July 22 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

Bernstein: On the Waterfront Suite
Barber: Violin Concerto
Bach: excerpt from Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 in C, BWV 1005
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93  (Sir Georg Solti, conductor)

Listen Saturday July 21 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47

Listen Saturday July 21 at 7 p.m.

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Edgar Meyer, double bass

Debussy: Iberia
Edgar Meyer: New Piece for Orchestra
Bottesini: Concerto for Double Bass
Carter: Symphony No. 1

Listen Friday July 20 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Carter: Concerto for Orchestra  (Pierre Boulez, conductor)
Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe  (Sheryl Staples, violin; Liang Wang, oboe; Jeffrey Kahane, conductor)
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129  (Carter Brey, cello; Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade  (Frank Huang, violin; Alan Gilbert, conductor)\

Listen Thursday July 19 at 8 p.m.

Counterpoint Live

Jul 17, 2018
Adam Silverman Photography /

Counterpoint, Vermont's professional vocal ensemble, directed by Nathaniel Lew, visits VPR's Stetson Studio One for a live preview of their Flowers of the Field concerts, including music of Vaughan Williams, Janacek, and Vermont composer Matt LaRocca, accompanied by violist Elizabeth Reid and pianist Paul Orgel.

Listen Friday July 20 at 11 a.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Wednesday July 18 at 8 p.m.

Tanglewood Encore:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 Classical
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrouchka

Listen Sunday July 15 at 1 p.m.

Ravel And Vierne

Jul 14, 2018

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Louis Vierne: Piano Quintet, Op. 42

Listen Saturday July 14 at 7 p.m.


Jul 14, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Susanna Malkki, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Debussy: Gigues, from Images
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Thomas Ades: ...but all shall be well

Listen Saturday July 14 at 8 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Renaud Capucon, violin

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony
John Williams: Star Wars Suite

Listen Friday July 13 at 8 p.m.

Richard Strauss

Jul 11, 2018

New York Philharmonic

R. Strauss: Don Quixote  (Carter Brey, cello; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Bernard Haitink, conductor)
Bettison: Threaded Madrigals  (Rebecca Young, viola)
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben  Frank Huang, violin; Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Listen Thursday July 12 at 8 p.m.

American Music

Jul 11, 2018

New York Philharmonic
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
The Hellcats and Jazz Knights from West Point

Music by Bernstein, Gershwin, Sousa and others.

Listen Thursday July 5 at 8 p.m.

Esther Boston

The Indianapolis Quartet visits VPR's Stetson Studio One to perform Debussy's String Quartet in G minor in advance of their appearance at the Taconic Music Festival on Saturday.

Listen Thursday July 12 at 11 a.m.

Hear the full performance in Soundcloud.