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.


Thursday 5/16/13.  Walter Parker speaks with conductor Ronald Feldman, who will lead the Burlington Chamber Orchestra on Saturday in music of Britten, Bach, Haydn and young composer Noah Marconi.

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Heliand Consort Live

May 8, 2013

The Heliand Consort will tour northern Vermont May 8-11 with music of Telemann, Dvorak and others for flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano.  They join Walter Parker in the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

photo: Christian Steiner

The Emerson String Quartet will play music of Dvorak, Schumann and Grieg tonight at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth. It will be one of their last concerts with cellist David Finckel, ending 34 years of the same personnel. At 11 this morning we'll listen to him speak about his strong Vermont connection.


photo: Liz Linder / Blue Heron

Scott Metcalfe is a Vermont native (son of well-known local musicians William and Elizabeth Metcalfe) who now directs Blue Heron, Boston's professional Renaissance choir. Blue Heron will perform music of Johannes Ockeghem at St. Michael's College this evening and at Grace Church in Rutland tomorrow evening.

Ariel Quartet Live

Jan 22, 2013

Wednesday evening the Ariel Quartet will perform the next installment of the Beethoven Quartet Cycle taking place at College Street Congregational Church in Burlington. We'll get a live preview this morning at 11.


Cicely Parnas Live

Jan 18, 2013
photo: Michael Polito / Cellist Cicely Parnas

This weekend young cellist Cicely Parnas will play the Cello Concerto of Edward Elgar with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jaime Laredo. She stops by to chat with Walter Parker at 11.


Photos: Dallas Kilponen (Moore) and courtesy the artist (Garcia) / Latonia Moore and Jesus Garcia

The Vermont Youth Orchestra presents its first-ever Opera Extravaganza Sunday, January 20, at the Flynn Center at 3pm. The VYO will be joined by the VYO Chorus, soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Jesus Garcia. The soloists join us this morning at 11.


The Winds of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra join us live today for a preview of their concert at the McCarthy Arts Center of St. Michael's College on Saturday. Music will include selections from The Magic Flute of Mozart and the Petite Symphonie of Gounod.


photo: Jim Lowe / Pianist Michael Arnowitt

Vermont pianist Michael Arnowitt celebrates his 50th birthday with a concert with orchestra Sunday afternoon in Montpelier. The featured work will be Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program will be works by Bach, Prokofiev and Arnowitt, himself. At 11 this morning I'll speak with Michael about it. 50 edit.mp3


Laurel Ann Maurer

Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer and pianist Claire Black will perform music of Bach, Vermont composer David Gunn and Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano this weekend (details below). We'll get a live preview Friday morning at 11.

Saturday, December 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 81 Saint Paul Street, Burlington

Sunday, December 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Stowe Community Church, 137 Main Street, Stowe

Monday, December 31, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Bethany Church, 115 Main Street, Montpelier


David Kaplan Live

Nov 9, 2012
photo: Xun Wang

On Saturday, November 10, pianist David Kaplan will play Bach's Goldberg Variations at College Street Congregational Church, under the auspices of the Burlington Ensemble. David joins us Friday morning for a live performance preview. Kaplan Live 110912 for web.mp3


AP Photo/Tina Fineberg

Music for the High Holidays is a new one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah (which begins at sundown on Sunday the 16th) and Yom Kippur.  It includes both traditional and composed music from Jewish services--including a brand new recording of Kol Nidre featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman -- as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies.

Written and hosted by Classics for Kids host Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions. 

Chanticleer performs

Plainchant: Rorate caeli

Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium

Guerrero: Pastores loquebantur

Anon. 14th-century English: Mater Christi nobilis

Anon. 16th-century Basque: E la don don

Anon. 16th-century Basque: Riu, riu, chiu

Trad. Polish, adapted Steven Stucky: Lulajze, Jezuniu

Jaakko Mantyjarvi: Die Stimme des Kindes

Trad. American, arr. Mark Keller: I Wonder as I Wonder

A Season's Griot

Oct 30, 2012
AP/J. Szymaszek

A Season’s Griot celebrates Kwanzaa with traditional African American songs and stories told to, for and about children. This year, host Madafo Lloyd Wilson explores the theme of peace through original works of poetry, music and prose.


Tuesday evening at FlynnSpace, the long-time violinist of the Guarneri Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, will talk about and play Bach's Solo Violin Partita in D minor, which includes the famous Chaconne.  It's part of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and we'll get a preview this morning at 11 when he visits VPR's Walter Parker.  

Happy 40th Simone!

Sep 20, 2012
Photo/Lisa Marie Mazzusco

We'll celebrate pianist Simone Dinnerstein's 40th birthday with her recording of Beethoven's last piano sonata.  She returns to Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph in January of 2013.

Peter and the Wolf

Sep 20, 2012

This weekend Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf will be performed in Brattleboro and Bellows Falls by the UConn Puppet Arts Program with narration by Tony Barrand and live music by the Hugh Keelan Ensemble. 

We'll listen to it today narrated by the rock star Sting.