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
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Rossini: La Scala di Seta Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
John Adams: Many Words of Love
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
Catalani: Contemplazione

Listen Saturday June 16 at 8 p.m.


SymphonyCast: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Bach: Sinfonia in D, BWV 1045
Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat
Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D
Haydn: Violin Concerto No. 1

Listen Friday June 15 at 8 p.m.

Christian Steiner

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Carter Brey, cello (N.Y.P. Principal)

Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Bach: Suites for Solo Cello Nos. 1 & 2

Listen Thursday June 14 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Erik Nielsen: Fanfare in B-flat
Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 Paris
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 38 Spring

Listen Wednesday June 13 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Cameron Carpenter, organ

Barber: Toccata Festiva
Terry Riley: At the Royal Majestic
Bach: Gigue from French Suite No. 5, BWV 816
Bart Howard (arr. Carpenter): Fly Me to the Moon
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Listen Sunday June 10 at 1 p.m.

Thomas Ades Conducts

Jun 8, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Ades, conductor
Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano; Mark Stone, baritone

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
Sibelius: Tapiola, Op. 112
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Thomas Ades: Totentanz

Listen Sunday June 3 at 1 p.m.

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.