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
Susanna Malkki, conductor
Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Bizet: Symphony in C
Faure: Pavane
John Williams: Escapades from Catch Me If You Can
Melinda Wagner: Proceed, Moon
Debussy: Iberia
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun  (Christian Macelaru, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 9 at 8 p.m.

Buffalo Philharmonic
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Fabio Bidini, piano

Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Listen Friday December 8 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Carter Brey, cello; Cynthia Phelps, viola; UMS Choral Union; Michigan State University Children's Choir; Tamara Wilson, soprano; Jeremy Irons, speaker

R. Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35
Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 Kaddish

Listen Thursday December 7 at 8 p.m.

Cantus Live

Dec 4, 2017
Curtis Johnson

Cantus, the male a cappella vocal ensemble, performs a holiday program for the UVM Lane Series Friday evening.  Saturday morning at 10 they visit VPR's Studio One for a live broadcast performance.  Kari Anderson and Linda Radtke host.

Broadcast Saturday December 9 at 10 a.m.; encore broadcasts Friday December 22 at 10 p.m. and Monday December 25 at 6 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

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

Listen Wednesday December 6 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

Smetana: The Moldau, from My Homeland
Martinu: Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6)
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Listen Sunday December 3 at 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 33, No. 2 Joke
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat, Op. 97 Archduke

Listen Saturday December 2 at 7 p.m.

Ravel And Debussy

Dec 1, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
CSO Chorus

Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera Saturday broadcast season begins with Verdi's Requiem.  James Levine conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus, soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, tenor Alexandrs Antonenko and bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Listen Saturday December 2 at 1 p.m.

Houston Symphony

Nov 29, 2017

Houston Symphony Orchestra
Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Martin Frost, clarinet

Ives: Symphony No. 1
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2, K. 417  (William Ver Meulen, horn)

Listen Friday December 1 at 8 p.m.

Final part of 10-week Mahler cycle:
New York Philharmonic

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde  (Mildred Miller, mezzo-soprano; Ernst Haefliger, tenor; Bruno Walter, conductor)
Mahler: Purgatorio, from Symphony No. 10  (Dimitri Mitropoulos, conductor)
Mahler-Cooke: Finale from Symphony No. 10  (Daniel Harding, conductor)

Listen Thursday November 30 at 8 p.m.

Scrag Mountain Music

Scrag Mountain Music visits VPR's Studio One for a live preview of their Toward the Sea concerts this weekend in Montpelier, Northfield and Warren.  Co-artistic directors Mary Bonhag, soprano, and Evan Premo, double bass, will be joined by harpist Melanie Genin and flutist Catherine Gregory.

Listen Friday December 1 at 11 a.m.

A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
IgorGeiger /

The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Listen Wednesday November 29 at 8 p.m.

Decca/Andrew Eccles

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Francois-Xavier Roth, conductor
Renee Fleming, soprano

Debussy: Jeux
Dutilleux: Le Temps l'horloge
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (Boston Symphony Chamber Players)
Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne selections
Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Listen Sunday November 26 at 1 p.m.


Poulenc And Chausson

Nov 23, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Poulenc: Sonata for 2 Clarinets
Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21

Listen Saturday November 25 at 7 p.m.

Muti Conducts Brahms

Nov 23, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Listen Saturday November 25 at 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra

Nov 22, 2017

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Rafal Blechacz, piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Sibelius: Kullervo's Youth

Listen Friday November 24 at 8 p.m.

Mahler's Ninth

Nov 22, 2017
Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

Part 9 of a 10-week Mahler cycle:
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Thomas Ades: Polaris

Listen Thursday November 23 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, violin and conductor

Pierre Jalbert: Autumn Rhapsody
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Listen Wednesday November 22 at 8 p.m.