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.


Beethoven And Brahms

Jun 8, 2018

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Beethoven: Variations for Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 44
Brahms: Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18

Listen Saturday June 9 at 7 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Jerusalem Quartet plays Shostakovich:
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122
String Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 68

Listen Saturday June 2 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Andras Schiff, piano and conductor
Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G
Bartok: Divertimento for Strings
Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
Vaughan Williams: Overture to The Wasps  (Mark Elder, conductor)

Listen Saturday June 9 at 8 p.m.

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New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92
Ravel: Noble and Sentimental Waltzes (excerpt)

Listen Friday June 8 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein & Kurt Masur, conductors
Gidon Kremer, violin; Derek Ragain, countertenor

Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moskva River Prelude
Giya Kancheli: And Farewell Goes Out Sighing
Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Op. 60 Leningrad

Listen Thursday June 7 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Haydn: Symphony No. 68 in B-flat  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Prokofiev: excerpts from the ballet Romeo and Juliet  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Listen Wednesday June 6 at 8 p.m.

John Gingrich Management, Inc.

British-born conductor Andrew Massey died last Friday at his home in Vermont at the age of 72. 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Anna Clyne: Masquerade
Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Peterson: Blues Etude (encore)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra  (Seiji Ozawa, conductor)
John Williams: selections from Lincoln  (John Williams, conductor)

Listen Saturday June 2 at 8 p.m.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Dvorak: Romance for Violin in F minor, Op. 11  (Maureen Nelson, violin)
Walton: Sonata for Strings
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Italian
Copland: Appalachian Spring

Listen Friday June 1 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Kurt Masur, conductor

Music of Beethoven, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Bruckner and others.

Listen Thursday May 31 at 8 p.m.

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.