Classical Music with Joe Goetz

Joe Goetz was the host of VPR Classical's afternoon program from 2007 until 2014.

Joe joined VPR Classical as the afternoon host in 2007. During his tenure, he brought a wide variety of classical music to his daily program and welcomed numerous musicians into VPR’s Performance Studio.

He has been a central part of VPR Classical’s Beethoven Project and the follow-up Beyond Beethoven, collaborations with Burlington Ensemble to make classical music more accessible to a new generation of listeners.

In addition, Joe introduced listeners to incredible new talent through the Student Composer Showcase, featuring compositions by high school-age students involved in the MUSIC-COMP program.

Browse Joe's recent playlists below. For playlists before April 2013, visit the Archive.

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VPR Classical
9:43 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Beyond Beethoven

VPR Classical and Burlington Ensemble present "Beyond Beethoven," offering free downloads of recordings of cellist Benjamin Capps and pianist David Kaplan made in our own studio.

Visit the Beyond Beethoven website to hear the performances, the artists' commentary, and to download the music for free (until 2/28/14).

VPR Classical
12:36 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Musical Conversation: Karina Canellakis

Credit Masataka Suemitsu

Karina Canellakis is the guest conductor for the Burlington Chamber Orchestra's concert this Saturday evening at St. Michael's College.   Joe Goetz spoke with her about her decision to be a conductor, her passion for playing chamber music as a violinist, and the Haydn symphonies on this weekend's program.

Broadcast at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17

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VPR Classical
10:58 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Interview with Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor

Listen today in the 3 pm hour on VPR Classical.

Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor comes to the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall at Middlebury College Tuesday at 7:30 pm for a solo program of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Ravel, and more.  Benjamin is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the 'Queen's Commendation for excellence."  He has also been named Grammophone Magazine's Young Artist of the Year and has been featured in two BBC documentaries.

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Live Performances
5:44 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Stile Antico Live

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.

Afternoon Classics
11:42 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Live Performance: Violinist Helena Baillie and Pianist Tanya Gabrielian

Helena Baillie and Tanya Gabrielian warm up in the VPR Performance studio prior to their live performance

VPR Classical
5:00 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Live Performance: Pianists David Kaplan and Timo Andres Play Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'

David Kaplan
Hannah Sherman

VPR Classical celebrates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky's groundbreaking ballet "The Rite of Spring" with a live performance by pianists David Kaplan and Timo Andres of the piano 4-hands arrangement .  The two pianists will also play the work in Burlington on Wednesday, May 29th (the true anniversary of the work) under the auspices of Burlington Ensemble.

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VPR Classical
2:46 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Brahms AND Tchaikovsky!

May 7th is the birthday of both Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and Pytor Illych Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893).  With few exceptions, the two composers did not admire each other, but their music is loved by classical music fans today. 

This afternoon, Joe Goetz presents works for string sextet by both composers.

VPR Classical
11:26 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Student Composer Showcase: Jacob Morton-Black - "Chapter One: Bar 60"

Jacob Morton-Black

Jacob Morton-Black is a senior at Colchester High School.  His piece for string quartet, "Chapter One: Bar 60," was inspired by the music of Arnold Schoenberg. 

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Student Composer Showcase
1:54 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Student Composer Showcase: Justin Gates

On Monday, VPR Classical is kicking off a new feature that celebrates student composers from the region. Each episode of the Student Composer Showcase will air three times during the first week of each month. The first edition will air April 1 at 4:05pm, April 3 at 8:05am and April 5 at 12:05pm. The series will also be archived at

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VPR Classical
1:55 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Honoring Boston Through Music

Charles Dutoit guest-conducts the Boston Symphony

Boston is an amazing place no matter what one does for a living.  Professional athletes, scholars, doctors, writers, and MUSICIANS all are proud to make their homes in Boston.  The classical music scene in Boston is one of the best in the nation, and we'll sample it today beginning at 3 pm with recordings from the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Baroque, and more.

It will take a long time for Boston to heal from the events of yesterday, and music will undoubtedly play a role.

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