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.


Boston Symphony Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Bach: Gavotte en rondeau, from Violin Partita No. 3
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Great
Smetana: Moldau (Vltava) from Ma Vlast  (Rafael Kubelik, conductor)

Listen Sunday January 7 at 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor  (Paul Huang, violin; Alessio Bax, piano)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2  (Escher Quartet)

Listen Saturday January 6 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in E-flat La Reine (The Queen)
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1
J. Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltz
R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 6 at 8 p.m.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Louis Langree, conductor
Thierry Escaich, organ and composer

Escaich: Concerto for Orchestra (world premiere)
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 with Organ
Nielsen: Symphony No. 5  (Paavo Jarvi, conductor)

Listen Friday January 5 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Kent Tritle, organ

Berlioz: Overture to Les Francs-juges
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 with Organ
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Rossini: William Tell Overture  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)

Listen Thursday January 4 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Schubert: Death and the Maiden Quartet, arranged for full symphony orchestra by Andy Stein

Listen Wednesday January 3 at 8 p.m.

Tanglewood Encore

Dec 29, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Haydn: Symphony No. 83  The Hen
Thomas Ades: Three Studies from Couperin
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467
Prokofiev: Gavotte, from Cinderella

Listen Sunday December 31 at 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Milhaud: La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205
Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat, K. 452

Listen Saturday December 30 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor

Bach: The Six Brandenburg Concertos

Listen Saturday December 30 at 8 p.m.

Music Of Our Time

Dec 27, 2017

New York Philharmonic
Liang: Verge  (Magnus Lindberg, conductor)
Dalbavie: Melodia  (Magnus Lindberg, conductor)
Shepherd: These Particular Circumstances  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Nico Muhly: Detailed Instructions  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Pintscher: Songs from Solomon's Garden  (Thomas Hampson, baritone; Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Rouse: Odna Zhizn  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Listen Thursday December 28 at 8 p.m.

Terry Linke /

Riccardo Muti conducts the annual New Year's Day concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, featuring music of the Strauss family.

Listen Monday January 1 at 11 a.m.

Houston Symphony

Dec 27, 2017

Houston Symphony
Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Simone Porter, violin

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances
Barber: Violin Concerto
Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D, Op. 60
Mozart: Flute Concerto  (Aralee Dorough, flute)

Listen Friday December 29 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Weber: Oberon Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Elgar: Enigma Variations  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday December 27 at 8 p.m.

The Nutcracker

Dec 21, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Bach (arr. Stravinsky): Choral Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch  (Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, Part 2, Overture and Shepherd's Farewell (New England Conservatory Chorus; Charles Munch, conductor)

Listen Sunday December 24 at 1 p.m.

Dvorak And Prokofiev

Dec 21, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Truls Mork, cello

Stravinsky: Chant funebre ('Funeral Song')
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100
Beethoven: King Stephen Overture  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 23 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Frank Bridge: Novelletten for String Quartet
Ligeti: Cello Sonata
Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 1

Listen Saturday December 23 at 7 p.m.

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Gotthold Schwarz, conductor
St. Thomas Boys Choir; Catlina Bertucci, soprano; Susanne Krumbiegel, contralto; Tilman Lichdi, tenor; Martin Lattke, tenor; Andreas Scheibner, bass

Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Cantatas 1-3, 6)

Listen Friday December 22 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic

Listen Thursday December 21 at 8 p.m.

King's College, Cambridge

The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, England.  The King's College Choir sings and lessons are read by the community.

Listen Sunday December 24 at 10 a.m.

Holiday Pops!

Dec 15, 2017
Boston Pops

Boston Pops Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Holiday favorites, including the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.

Listen Sunday December 17 at 1 p.m.