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
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Lang Lang, piano

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26
Ponce: Intermezzo No. 1
Tchaikovsky: August and September from The Seasons
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat, Op. 70: first movement
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

Listen Sunday April 15 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Rossini: William Tell Overture
Ogonek: All These Lighted Things
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 Romantic
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 Classical

Listen Saturday April 14 at 8 p.m.
 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances for Piano 4-Hands
Prokofiev: Sonata for 2 Violins, Op.56
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat, BWV 1051

Listen Saturday April 14 at 7 p.m.

Houston Symphony

Apr 11, 2018

Houston Symphony
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano

Messiaen: Forgotten Offerings
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100
Ravel: La Valse  (Sergiu Comissiona, conductor)

Listen Friday April 13 at 8 p.m.

Bluebeard's Castle

Apr 11, 2018

New York Philharmonic
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Wagner: Immolation Scene from Gotterdammerung  (Montserrat Caballe, soprano; Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Mascagni: Cherry Duet  (Placido Domingo, tenor; Adrianna Morelli, soprano; Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle  (Tatiana Troyanos, mezzo-soprano; Siegmund Nimsgern, baritone; Rafael Kubelik, conductor)

Listen Thursday April 12 at 8 p.m.

Christian Steiner

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor  (Albert Brouwer, flute; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello  (Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello; Raymond Leppard, conductor)

Listen Wednesday April 11 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello, Oboe and Bassoon in B-flat
Gabrieli: Music for brass  (Mark Ridenour, conductor)

Listen Saturday April 7 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Mozart: Serenade for Winds in C minor, K. 388
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds, Cello and Double Bass in D minor, Op. 44

Listen Saturday April 7 at 7 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Kristine Opalais, soprano

Dutilleux: Metaboles
Rachmaninoff: How Fair This Place, Op. 21, No. 7
Tchaikovsky: Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (selections)  (Bernard Haitink, conductor)
Debussy: La Mer
Ravel: La Valse

Listen Sunday April 8 at 1 p.m.
 

Oregon Symphony

Apr 5, 2018

Oregon Symphony
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Gould: Stringmusic
Balakirev: Islamey
Tchaikovsky: The Tempest  (James DePriest, conductor)

Listen Friday April 6 at 8 p.m.
 

New York Philharmonic
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Debussy: La Mer
Carter: Symphony of Three Orchestras
Stravinsky: Petrushka, Second Tableau
Berg: Lyric Suite
Mahler: Symphony No. 3, Third Movement
Boulez: Improvisation 1 from Pli selon Pli
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Wagner: Tannhauser Overture

Listen Thursday April 5 at 8 p.m.
 

Sally Pinkas Live

Apr 2, 2018
Rob Strong / www.sallypinkas.org

Sally Pinkas, pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center, visits VPR's Stetson Studio One for a live preview of her recital including music of Frank Bridge, Syrian-American Kareem Roustom, and salon pieces from Manila. 

Listen Thursday April 5 at 11 a.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Italian

Listen Wednesday April 4 at 8 p.m.

Marco Borggreve

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Listen Sunday April 1 at 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Mozart: String Quintet in C minor, K. 406
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Listen Saturday March 31 at 7 p.m.

Harald Hoffmann / Deutsche Grammophone

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

Penderecki: The Awakening of Jacob
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C, Op. 61
Ravel: Bolero

Listen Saturday March 31 at 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra

Mar 28, 2018

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Kathy Kienzle, harp; Minnesota Chorale

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046
Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Stephen Paulus: Mass for a Sacred Place
Sibelius: Swanwhite Suite  (Lahti Symphony Orchestra)

Listen Friday March 30 at 8 p.m.

The Planets

Mar 28, 2018

New York Philharmonic
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Tallis: Why fum'th in Fight  (The Sixteen; Harry Christophers, conductor)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Tallis  (Dimitri Mitropoulos, conductor)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Britten: Agnus dei 7 Libera Me from War Requiem  (Carol Vaness, soprano; Jerry Hadley, tneor; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Westminster Choir; American Boychoir; Kurt Masur, conductor)

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Sibelius: Suite Mignonne
Jennifer Jolley: The Ferry Crossing (world premiere commission)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Listen Wednesday March 28 at 8 p.m.

Bruckner's Third

Mar 23, 2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Malcolm Lowe, violin; Steven Ansell, viola

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat, K. 364
Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Listen Sunday March 25 at 1 p.m.

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