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.


photo: Marco Borggreve

In his first Symphony Hall concert as Music Director-Designate, Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in the Siegfried Idyll of Richard Wagner, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, played by Paul Lewis, and Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F.

Listen Sunday November 3 at 1pm.

Mamiko Tsusuki

Composer and conductor Thomas Ades returns to Symphony Hall to lead the BSO in the Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn, his own Polaris, the Orchestral Set No. 2 by Ives, and Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor.

Listen Sunday October 27 at 1pm.

David Neiweem Live

Oct 24, 2013

David Neiweem brings UVM's Klop portable organ to the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of recitals he'll be giving in the area (see below).

Check out this video with a few selections from David's performance:

Yo-Yo Ma plays the Cello Concerto No. 1 of Dmitri Shostakovich on this week's Boston Symphony concert.  Stephane Deneve conducts the program, which also includes Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges Suite and Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life).

Listen Sunday October 20 at 1pm.

Stephane Deneve, conductor

Prokofiev: The Love of Three Oranges Suite

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1  (Yo-Yo Ma, cello)

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

Listen Sunday October 20 at 1pm.

Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, prepared by John Oliver, soprano Camilla Tilling and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

Listen Sunday October 13 at 1pm.

Walter Parker speaks with Mary Westbrook-Geha, director of the Blanche Moyse Chorale, about the 3rd Annual Blanche Moyse Memorial Concerts in Bellows Falls and Marlboro.

Pianist Vassily Primakov visits the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of his all-Chopin recital at Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday.

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Stile Antico Live

Oct 4, 2013

Stile Antico ("antique style") is a distinguished vocal ensemble from Britain specializing in music of the renaissance.  They stop by the VPR Performance Studio Monday afternoon for a preview of concerts they will give in St. Johnsbury on Tuesday and Marlboro on Wednesday.

A new season of Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts from Symphony Hall begins with an all-Brahms program led by Christoph von Dohnanyi.  Violinist Augustin Hadelich and cellist Alban Gerhardt play the Double Concerto and the program concludes with the Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73.

Listen Sunday October 6 at 1pm.

Christoph von Dohanyi returns the following week to conduct Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" with soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and the Tanglewood Festival Choir, prepared by John Oliver.

Dover Quartet Live

Sep 30, 2013

The Dover String Quartet (formerly the Old City String Quartet) performs an all-Beethoven concert Friday evening at College Street Congregational Church.  They stop by the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Listen Friday October 4 at 11am.

"Tanglewood on Parade"

Listen Sunday September 29 at 1pm

Paul Dukas:  Fanfare for La Peri; Tanglewood Music Center Fellows Brass Ensemble; Alexandre Bloch, conductor

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Tanglewood Music Center Fellows Brass and Percussion Ensemble; Ceiran McAuley, conductor

Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor; Tanglewood music Center orchestra; Charles Dutoit, conductor

George Gershwin: An American in Paris; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Stephane Deneve, conductor

Lorin Maazel, conductor

Michael Gandolfi: Night Train to Perugia (commissioned for the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood)

Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Egyptian"  (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano)

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Listen Sunday September 22 at 1pm.

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Emanuel Ax, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Tchaikovsky: Symphony  No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Listen Sunday afternoon September 15 at 1.

The Burlington Ensemble, with VPR Classical's Joe Goetz as guest pianist, visits the VPR Performance Studio to play Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, which will be on their programs this week in Rutland, Stowe and Burlington.

Vermont Virtuosi return to the VPR Performance Studio to preview their concerts this weekend in Burlington and Montpelier.  Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, pianist Claire Black, and guest clarinetist Karen Luttik will play music of Vermont composers David Gunn and Gwyneth Walker plus the Clarinet Sonata of Francis Poulenc.

photo: Grant Leighton

The last night of the world's largest classical music festival, the BBC Proms, is always a festive occasion, with special guests and a boisterous audience.   This year Marin Alsop becomes the first woman to conduct the Last Night, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  Musical guests will be violinist Nigel Kennedy and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.  Click here for complete program details.

Listen Sunday afternoon September 8 at 2.

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37  (Emanuel Ax, piano)

encore: Schubert: Impromptu in Ab

Tchaikovsky: Symhpony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Listen Sunday afternoon September 1 at 1.

This final concert of the BSO's Tanglewood season features the traditional closer:  Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.  Bernard Haitink conducts the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, soprano Erin Wall, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and bass-baritone John Relyea.

Listen Sunday afternoon August 25 at 2.

photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Monday, August 19, 11am.  Violinist Soovin Kim, Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and guitarist Jason Vieaux, a Festival participant, speak with Walter Parker.

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