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.


Courtesy of Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein joins us in the VPR Performance Studio following her recital at Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, January 18.

Broadcast Monday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m.

Felix Broede

From last summer's Tanglewood Festival

Bernard Haitink, conductor

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219 'Turkish'  (Isabelle Faust, violin)

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G  (Camilla Tilling, soprano)

Listen Sunday January 19 at 1 p.m.

August Watters, who will direct a Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music this weekend in Bellows Falls, speaks with Walter Parker.

Broadcast Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.

From last summer's Tanglewood Festival.

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, conductor

Tanglewood Festival Chorus Women; PALS Children's Chorus; Anne-Sophie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Listen Sunday January 12 at 1 p.m.

From last summer's Tanglewood season, Kazushi Ono conducts the BSO in Wagner's Siegfried Idyll; Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, played by Leon Fleisher; and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Listen Sunday January 5 at 1 p.m.

photo: Chris Lee

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, played by Joshua Bell, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

Listen Sunday December 29 at 1 p.m.

Holiday Pops

Dec 20, 2013

Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in seasonal favorites and a few surprises.

Listen Sunday December 22 at 1 p.m.

photo: Kathy Chapman

Peter Serkin plays Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A.

Listen Sunday December 15 at 1p.m.

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 "Pastoral"

Marc Neikrug: Bassoon Concerto (Richard Svoboda, bassoon)  (world premiere of a BSO co-commission)

Manuel de Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat

Listen Sunday December 8 at 1pm.

photo: Robert Devers

The Fine Arts Quartet will give the fifth installment of the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle being presented by the Vermont Summer Music Festival.  They stop by the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Choral conductor Dawn Willis stops by to chat about the 10th anniversary of the Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont and her new vocal ensemble, Solaris.

Listen Thursday December 5 at 11am.

AP/John Cogill

George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" is part of the soundtrack to the Christmas season, with the Hallelujah chorus providing an especially familiar refrain. Adding to the tradition of the season is the Messiah Sing-Along, presented by churches and community groups throughout December. VPR Classical’s Walter Parker keeps an ear out for those events in his annual Messiah Watch, and shares the tradition with Vermont Edition.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos is soloist and conductor of the BSO.

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218

Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C, Op. 61

Listen Sunday December 1 at 1pm.

Britten's War Requiem

Nov 23, 2013

Charles Dutoit conducts Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, with the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, American Boy Choir, soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, tenor john Mark Ainsley and baritone Matthias Goerne.

Listen Sunday November 24 at 1pm.

Charles Dutoit conducts Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel, the Enigma Variations of Elgar, and the Concerto for Three Cellos by Penderecki, featuring cellists Gautier Capucon, Daniel Muller-Schott and Arto Noras.

Listen Sunday November 17 at 1pm.

Daniel Harding conducts the American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Speranza,  co-commissioned by the BSO, and Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), with mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and tenor Michael Schade.

Listen Sunday November 10 at 1pm.

VPR/Tim Johnson

Pianist Claire Black of Vermont Virtuosi visits the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of her recital of Impromptus by Schubert and Preludes by Rachmaninoff which she will give at Richmond Free Library Saturday, November 9, at 7pm.

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: