Classical Music with Kari Anderson

Weekdays 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Saturdays 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Host Kari Anderson brings you the best in classical music every weekday from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.  An experienced musician and Colchester native, Kari sets VPR Classical's morning to music with her eclectic tastes and passion for the genre.

Plan on starting your day with music that keeps pace with your morning, as well as weather and connections to your community.

Browse Kari's playlists below. For playlists from before April 2013, visit the Archive.

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VPR Classical
1:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Poetry and Music with the VCME

Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt's New Book, which she will read from in concerts.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2013

This weekend the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble celebrates their 4th annual concert pairing poetry and music. Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt will read her work alongside compositions inspired by them, from Vermont composers Andrew Massey, Fusun Koksal, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Tom Cleary, and Michael Close. Kari Anderson spoke with the VCME's Steve Klimowski about the collaboration.

Listen Thursday morning at 8:30.

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VPR Classical
10:01 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Taking Apart an Old Piano, Piece by Piece

Piano Strings
Kari Anderson VPR

This Saturday the Vermont Music Teacher's Association and the Vermont Guild of Piano Technicians are putting on a "Piano Deconstruction", taking apart an old piano to demonstrate how it all works. Lisa Goodrich, a pianist, teacher, VMTA member and donor of the piano came in to the studio to tell us how it all started, and what to expect this weekend.

Listen Thursday at 12:30 and Friday at 8:30.

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Morning Classics
7:34 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Remembering Oboist Ray Still

Oboist Ray Still

For 40 years, Ray Still was the principal oboe for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ray passed away overnight, just hours after turning 94.

This morning we'll celebrate his great musical contributions by sampling his recorded legacy, and at 8:30 hear a conversation that Kari had with Ray last October.

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Morning Classics
12:50 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Juilliard's Dr. Joseph Polisi

Juilliard's Joseph Polisi
Credit Photo: Christian Steine

This Saturday, Middlebury College hosts a celebration and dedication of their new Steinway concert grand piano. Kicking off the festivities will be Juilliard's President Dr. Joseph Polisi, who gives an address entitled "The Arts, Education, and the Human Experience". Dr. Polisi gave us a preview of his speech, and spoke about the changes at Juilliard since he started there.

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Morning Classics
11:38 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Musical Conversation: Hugo Vera and Louis Burkot

Hugo Vera
Credit Photo by Rebecca Fay

The Dartmouth College Glee Club performs this Saturday evening at the Hopkins Center. The concert features Dartmouth guitar instructor John Muratore, and Met Opera tenor (and six-time Opera North artist) Hugo Vera in a variety of choral works from Spain and Latin America.

Kari Anderson spoke with Hugo Vera and the Glee Club's director Louis Burkot about the concert and their history of collaboration.

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Morning Classics
3:49 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Musical Conversation: Joseph Hallman

Composer Joseph Hallman

This Saturday evening at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the 802 Quartet and soprano Abigail Haynes Lenox will premiere a new work called Suite in Mudtime. The piece sets the words of Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea to the music of composer Joseph Hallman. Kari Anderson speaks with Joseph Hallman about the collaboration, and about his compositional process.

Listen Friday morning at 8:30.

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Morning Classics
3:57 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Musical Conversation: Jeffrey Domoto

VYO conductor Jeffrey Domoto

Maestro Jeffrey Domoto, Music Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, speaks with Kari Anderson about the VYO's concert this Sunday at 3 at Burlington's Flynn Center. The concert features two VYO alums: composer Pierre Jalbert and violinist Soovin Kim, as well as works by Kevin Puts, Pablo de Sarasate and Franz Liszt. More information is at

Listen Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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Morning Classics
2:03 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Interview: Michael Alec Rose

Listen Thursday morning at 8:30 for an interview with Vanderbilt University's Michael Alec Rose. He'll give us a preview of "Beethoven and the Beatles", his talk for the Vermont Humanities Council's Fall Conference taking place this weekend.

VPR Classical
3:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Imani Winds

Imani Winds in the studio with Kari Anderson
VPR/Tim Johnson

The Imani Winds come to VPR this Friday afternoon. The ensemble is known for its focus on works by Latino and African-American composers. They’ll speak with VPR Classical Host Kari Anderson about their evening performance with the UVM Lane Series.

Listen Friday at 3.

Morning Classics
1:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Electric Violinist Tracy Silverman

Electric violinist Tracy Silverman in the Performance Studio
Kari Anderson VPR

Electric violin virtuoso Tracy Silverman has been lauded by some of the great names in 20th century music. With concertos written for him (and the 6-string electric violin of his own invention) by the likes of John Adams and Terry Riley, he is a pioneer in a field of ever-blurring genres.

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