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.


Glenn Moody Studios

Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Robert De Cormier, conductor
Jonita Lattimore, soprano; Susan Platts, alto; Richard Clement, tenor; Kevin Keas, bass

Faure: Requiem
Mozart: Requiem (selections)

Listen Wednesday May 30 at 8 p.m.

BSO Soloists

May 25, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur, conductor
soloists from the orchestra

Back To Bach

May 25, 2018

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C, BWV 1009  (Colin Carr, cello)
Bach: English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807  (Anne-Marie McDermott, piano)
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049

Listen Saturday May 26 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
David Afkam, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
R. Strauss: Don Juan (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday May 26 at 8 p.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Louis Langree, conductor
Kit Anderson, piano

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
Holland: Stories from Home
Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy
Bernstein: Candide Overture
Respighi: Roman Festivals

Listen Friday May 25 at 8 p.m.


Ives And Blitzstein

May 23, 2018

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Ives: Holidays Symphony
Blitzstein: Airborne Symphony  (Orson Welles, narrator; Andrea Velis, tenor; David Watson, baritone; Choral Arts Society)

fill: Richard Rodgers: D-Day from Victory at Sea (RCA Victor Symphony; Robert Russell Bennett, conductor)

Listen Thursday May 24 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Dvorak: The Noon Witch
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100

Listen Wednesday May 23 at 8 p.m.

Opera Company of Middlebury

The Opera Company of Middlebury visits VPR's Stetson Studio One for a live preview of their upcoming performances of A Streetcar Named Desire, Andre Previn's opera based on the play by Tennessee Williams.

Listen Thursday May 24 at 11 a.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Mortiz Gnann, conductor
Menahem Pressler, piano

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Chopin: Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Op. Posth.
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Listen Sunday May 20 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219 Turkish
Paganini: Caprice No. 5 (encore)
John Adams: Harmonielehre
J.C. Bach: Sinfonia in G minor  (Nicholas McGegan, conductor)

Listen Saturday May 19 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Saint-Saens: Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124
Debussy: Six Epigraphes Antiques, for piano 4-hands
Boellmann: Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 40

Listen Saturday May 19 at 7 p.m.

Sammy Hart /

SymphonyCast: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Lisa Batiashvili, violin

Lyadov: The Enchanted Lake
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Listen Friday May 18 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Debussy: La Mer  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)
Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5  (Lorin Maazel, conductor)
Copland: Appalachian Spring  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Berlioz: Dream of a Witches Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Brahms: Adagio from Violin Concerto  (Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Trad. (arr. Berio): Loosin yelav  (Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Glenn Ross

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Judith Ingolfsson, violin

Peter Hamlin: Green Mountain Variations
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77

Listen Wednesday May 16 at 8 p.m.

The Moldau (Vltava)

May 12, 2018

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

Smetana: Sarka, from Ma Vlast
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
Bach: Allegro from Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor
Smetana: Vltava (Moldau), from Ma Vlast
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Janacek: Taras Bulba

Listen Sunday May 13 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fabio Biondi, conductor and violin
Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano

Schubert And Brahms

May 12, 2018

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Schubert: Nur Wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D. 877
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 26

Listen Saturday May 12 at 7 p.m.

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Andre Watts, piano

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2
Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
Hanson: Merry Mount Suite

Listen Friday May 11 at 8 p.m.

All Sibelius

May 12, 2018

New York Philharmonic
All Sibelius:
Finlandia  (Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Pohola's Daughter  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Violin Concerto  (Zino Francescatti, violin; Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Petlleas et Melisande  (Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor)
Symphony No. 2  (Lorin Maazel, conductor)

Listen Thursday May 10 at 8 p.m.

Steven J. Sherman /

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Andre Watts, piano

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 Emperor

Listen Wednesday May 9 at 8 p.m.