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
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: Fountains of Rome  (Manfred Honeck, conductor)

Listen Saturday September 22 at 8 p.m.

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BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
London Voices

Ravel: La Valse
Berio: Sinfonia
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Dvorak: The Hero's Song

Listen Friday September 21 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Cynthia Phelps, viola

Wagner: Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin
Julia Adolphe: Unearth, Release
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Listen Thursday September 20 at 8 p.m.

Kathy Chapman

Pianist Peter Serkin will open the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks season this Saturday, playing Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3.  In anticipation, we're listening to his performances with the VSO of the Piano Concertos of Brahms.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Delius: Prelude to Irmelin
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83 

Listen Wednesday September 19 at 8 p.m.

'Leningrad' In Boston

Sep 13, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Baiba Skride, violin; Harriet Krijgh, cello; Elsbeth Moser, bayan*

Sofia Gubaidulina: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan*
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 Leningrad

Listen Sunday September 16 at 1 p.m.

*a chromatic button accordian

Alban Berg & Schubert

Sep 13, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Arabella Steinbacher, violin

Bach (arr. Webern): Ricercar No. 2, from Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Berg: Violin Concerto
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 Great C-major
Bartok: Two Pictures  (Pierre Boulez, conductor)

Listen Saturday September 15 at 8 p.m.
 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34
Frederic Rzewski: Winsboro Cotton Mill Blues, from North American Ballads
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81

Listen Saturday September 15 at 7 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano

Barber: First Essay
John Corigliano: One Sweet Morning
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Listen Thursday September 13 at 8 p.m.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Bernstein: Slava!
Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 Age of Anxiety
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Gershwin: I Got Plenty o'Nuttin' and Oh Lawd, I'm on My Way
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Listen Friday September 14 at 8 p.m.

Kathy Chapman

Pianist Peter Serkin will open the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's new season on September 22, playing Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3.  This week and next we'll listen to his performances with the VSO of Brahms' 2 Piano Concertos.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio Overture  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday September 12 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Vivaldi: Chamber Concerto in G minor, RV 103
Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola No. 2 in B-flat, K. 424
Beethoven: String Trio in G, Op. 9, No. 1

Listen Saturday September 8 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Ravel: Mother Goose
Debussy: La damoiselle elue  (Kate Royal, soprano; Elodie Mechain, contralto)
Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortileges
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte  (Jean Martinon, conductor)
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso  (Jean Martinon, conductor)
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro  (Jean Martinon, conductor)

Listen Saturday September 8 at 8 p.m.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell, director and violin

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3
Bridge: Lament
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Mozart: Symphony No. 18

Listen Friday September 7 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Gunther Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K. 482
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55 Eroica

Listen Sunday September 9 at 1 p.m.

Verdi Requiem

Sep 3, 2018

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Angela Meade, soprano; Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano; Russell Thomas, tenor; Eric Owens, bass-baritone; New York Choral Artists

Verdi: Requiem
Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D  (Masaaki Suzuki, conductor)

Listen Thursday September 6 at 8 p.m.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

Mozart: Impressario Overture
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

Listen Wednesday September 5 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
George Benjamin: Dream of the Song  (Bejun Mehta, countertenor; Lorelei Ensemble)
David Lang: I Want to Live  (Lorelei Ensemble)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Listen Sunday September 2 at 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Mozart: Adagio in B minor, K. 540  (Jeffrey Kahane, piano)
Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano  (Anthony McGill, clarinet; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano)
Janacek: Sextet for Winds Mladi (Youth)  (Sooyun Kim, flute; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet; Romie de Guise-Longlois, bass clarinet; David Jolley, horn; Peter Kolkay, bassoon)

Listen Saturday September 1 at 7 p.m. 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Payare, conductor
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, K. 191  (Keith Buncke, bassoon)
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 and 4

Listen Saturday September 1 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Listen Thursday August 30 at 8 p.m.

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