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.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 Haffner  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Gershwin: Lullaby  (Jaime Laredo, conductor

Listen Wednesday September 13 at 8 p.m.

Mozart And Bruckner

Sep 7, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A

Listen Sunday September 10 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano

Lutoslawski: Musique funebre
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique
Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moscow River and Dance of the Persian Maidens from Kovanschina  (Kirill Petrenko, conductor)

Listen Saturday September 9 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Danish String Quartet

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F, Op. 135
Nielsen: String Quartet No. 4 in F, Op. 44

Listen Saturday September 9 at 7 p.m.

From the BBC Proms:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Stephanie d'Oustrac, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Bell, violin; Cameron Carpenter, organ

De Falla: El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician)
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 with Organ

Listen Friday September 8 at 8 p.m.

From the BBC Proms:
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor
David Butt Philip, tenor; James Rutherford, baritone; National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
R. Strauss: Music from Die Frau ohne Schatten
Prokofiev: Seven, They are Seven
Walton: Belzhazzar's Feast
Delius: In a Summer Garden  (Richard Hickox, conductor)

Listen Friday September 1 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
John Bogart, boy alto; Felicia Montealegre, speaker; Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano; Paul Sperry, tenor; Bruce Fifer, bass-baritone; Camerata Singers

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (world premiere)
Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 Kaddish
Bernstein: Suites Nos. 1 & 2 from The Dybbuk

Listen Thursday September 7 at 8 p.m.

Christian Steiner / Frank Salomon Associates, Inc.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture  (Antony Princiotti, conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Op. 47  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday September 6 at 8 p.m.

Debussy & Faure

Aug 31, 2017

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Debussy (arr. Bavouzet): Jeux, for 2 Pianos  (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Anne-Marie McDermott, pianos)
Faure: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15  (Yura Lee, violin; Richard O'Neill, viola; Jakob Koranyi, cello; Juho Pohjonen, piano)

Listen Saturday September 2 at 7 p.m.

The Rite Of Spring

Aug 31, 2017

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: The Fountains of Rome  (Manfred Honeck, conductor)

Listen Saturday September 2 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Russell Thomas, tenor; John Relyea, bass-baritone; Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, director

Ives: The Housatonic at Stockbridge from Three Places in New England
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Listen Sunday September 3 at 1 p.m.

Kathy Chapman / CM Artists

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano

Delius: Prelude to Irmelin
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83

Listen Wednesday August 30 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Anthony McGill, clarinet (NYP Principal)

Ravel: Noble and Sentimental Waltzes
Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake

Listen Thursday August 31 at 8 p.m.

Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Listen Sunday August 27 at 1 p.m.

German Chamber Philharmonic, Bremen
Paavo Jarvi, conductor
Vilde Frang, violin; Lawrence Power, viola

Erkki-Sven Tuur: Flamma
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes  (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Listen Friday August 25 at 8 p.m.


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 19  (Escher Quartet)
Berg: Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5  (Anthony McGill, clarinet; Gloria Chien, piano)
Schoenberg (arr. Webern): Chamber Symphony No. 1  (Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet; Kristin Lee, violin; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Gilbert Kalish, piano)

Listen Saturday August 26 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Matthias Goerne, baritone

Schubert (orch. Brahms): Songs
R. Strauss: Songs
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins  (Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, violins; Harry Bicket, conductor)
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture  (Vasily Petrenko, conductor)

Listen Saturday August 26 at 8 p.m.

Kathy Chapman / CM Artists

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15  (Peter Serkin, piano; Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday August 23 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin

Wagenaar: Cyrano de Bergerac Overture
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Listen Thursday August 24 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 Great C-major

Listen Sunday August 20 at 1 p.m.