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.


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Mozart: String Quintet in C minor, K. 406
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Listen Saturday March 31 at 7 p.m.

Harald Hoffmann / Deutsche Grammophone

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

Penderecki: The Awakening of Jacob
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C, Op. 61
Ravel: Bolero

Listen Saturday March 31 at 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra

Mar 28, 2018

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Kathy Kienzle, harp; Minnesota Chorale

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046
Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Stephen Paulus: Mass for a Sacred Place
Sibelius: Swanwhite Suite  (Lahti Symphony Orchestra)

Listen Friday March 30 at 8 p.m.

The Planets

Mar 28, 2018

New York Philharmonic
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Tallis: Why fum'th in Fight  (The Sixteen; Harry Christophers, conductor)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Tallis  (Dimitri Mitropoulos, conductor)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Britten: Agnus dei 7 Libera Me from War Requiem  (Carol Vaness, soprano; Jerry Hadley, tneor; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Westminster Choir; American Boychoir; Kurt Masur, conductor)

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Sibelius: Suite Mignonne
Jennifer Jolley: The Ferry Crossing (world premiere commission)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Listen Wednesday March 28 at 8 p.m.

Bruckner's Third

Mar 23, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Malcolm Lowe, violin; Steven Ansell, viola

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat, K. 364
Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Listen Sunday March 25 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Rossini: Semiramide Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, Op. 107 Reformation
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Listen Saturday March 24 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Thomas Hampson, baritone, Gilbert Kalish, piano; plus percussion

George Crumb: selections from American Songbooks

Listen Saturday March 24 at 7 p.m.

Leah Nash

Oregon Symphony
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; Portland State University & Pacific Youth Choirs

Listen Friday March 23 at 8 p.m.

Steven J. Sherman

The Copland House is celebrating the Leonard Bernstein Centennial with 'Late Night with Leonard Bernstein,' a multi-media cabaret featuring soprano Amy Burton, pianists Michael Boriskin and John Musto, and narration by Bernstein's daughter Jamie.  They join us Friday morning at 11 for a live preview of their Lane Series performance.

New York Philharmonic
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Hillevi Martinpelto, soprano; Thomas Hampson, baritone

Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus Overture
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 Prague
Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Listen Thursday March 22 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

VPR Classical's Kari Anderson speaks with Vermont Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Benjamin Cadwallader and VSO violinist Jane Kittridge about this Saturday's Masterworks concert, featuring a Double Concerto by Andre Previn written for violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson.

Listen Wednesday March 21 at 8 p.m.

From Tanglewood:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin; Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Sleeping Beauty  (Seiji Ozawa, conductor)

Listen Sunday March 18 at 1 p.m.

Terry Linke /

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Alison Wahl, soprano; Women of the CSO Chorus

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Liszt: Dante Symphony

Listen Saturday March 17 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Brahms: F.A.E. Sonata for Violin and Piano
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor (Escher Quartet)
Brett Dean: 12 Angry Men for 12 Cellos

Listen Saturday March 17 at 7 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Maraca2, percussion; Joseph Pereira, timpani

Stravinsky: Fireworks
Pereira: Threshold (world premiere)
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Stravinsky: The Firebird

Listen Friday March 16 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Xian Zhang, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Haydn: Symphony No. 95 in C minor
Martinu: Piano Concerto No. 4 Incantation
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Bach: Magnificat (Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Joelle Harvey, alto; Iestyn Davies, counter-tenor; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Tyler Duncan, baritone; Bach Collegium of Japan Chorus; Maasaki Suzuki, conductor)

Listen Thursday March 15 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Dvorak: Romance for Violin in F minor, Op. 11
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Listen Wednesday March 14 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Murray Perahia, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Bruch: Piece for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 83, No. 2  (Harold Wright, clarinet; Boris Kroyt, viola; Murray Perahia, piano)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D

Listen Sunday March 11 at 1 p.m.

Bach And Vivaldi

Mar 9, 2018

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Bach: Partita for Solo Recorder in A minor, BWV 1013
Bach: Brandendurg Concerto No. 1
Vivaldi: Concerto for Sopranino Recorder in C, RV 443
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Listen Saturday March 10 at 7 p.m.