Classical Music with Walter Parker

Weekdays 9a.m. - 1p.m.

Veteran host Walter Parker presents the best in classical music, from familiar favorites to little-known gems. Regular live performances from the VPR Performance Studio add spice to the repertoire.

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

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VPR Classical
12:08 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Walter Parker's 30th Anniversary!

Walter Parker
Ben Resnik

Walter Parker's 30th anniversary at Vermont Public Radio is the first day of October, and we're celebrating! Join us for a live concert broadcast from the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, October 1st at 11:30.

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Musical Conversations
9:30 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Zon Eastes Speaks with Walter Parker

Zon Eastes, who worked for the Brattleboro Music Center for many years, has organized a very personal concert to benefit the BMC this Saturday.  He'll conduct a hand-picked chamber orchestra in some of his favorite music.  He speaks with Walter Parker about it.

Broadcast Wednesday September 10 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

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Live Performances
11:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

More From The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

Artistic Director Soovin Kim and musicians from the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival visit the VPR Performance Studio for the second consecutive Friday for a preview of the final weekend of the Festival.

Broadcast Friday August 29 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

Live Performances
11:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Live

Soovin Kim's Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival begins this week with the theme Poetry in Music.  Violinist Soovin Kim, soprano Hyunah Yu, cellist Marcy Rosen and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute visit the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Live Performances
11:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Central VT Chamber Music Festival Live

The CVCMF with Walter Parker at VPR in 2010

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival gets underway this weekend with a program of Tartini, Rachmaninoff and Smetana in Randolph and Woodstock.  The CVCMF makes its annual visit to the VPR Performance Studio Friday morning for a live preview.

Broadcast Friday August 15 at 11 a.m.

Musical Conversations
5:00 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Michael J. Colburn Live

Col. Michael J. Colburn joined the United States Marine Band in 1987. He became its 27th director in 2004.
Staff Sgt. Brian Rust U.S. Marine Band

On July 12, St. Albans native Michael J. Colburn stepped down as director of the United States Marine Band, known as The President's Own. Colburn joined the USMB in 1987 as a euphonium player, quickly becoming principal euphonium. He worked his way up through assistant director positions until he became the 27th director in 2004. He speaks with Walter Parker this morning.

Broadcast Monday, August 11 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

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VPR Classical
11:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The AK Duo Live

The AK Duo is Julie Kang and Tomoya Aomori.
Vermont Summer Music Festival

The husband-and-wife AK Duo is here with the Vermont Summer Music Festival. Tomoya Aomori plays double bass and percussion and Julie Kang plays cello. They'll play some of their delightful arrangements in the VPR Performance Studio.

Broadcast Friday, July 18 at 11 a.m.

Musical Conversations
5:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Remembering Conductor Lorin Maazel

Castleton Festival

Conductor Lorin Maazel died Sunday at age 84.  We'll feature some of his recordings Tuesday morning. Cellist Daniel Lelchuk, a native of Hanover, New Hampshire, worked with Maazel at his Castleton Festival in Virginia.  He'll offer his remembrance at 11 a.m.

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Live Performances
6:00 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Jennifer Grim & Elizabeth Metcalfe Live

flutist Jennifer Grim

The Vermont Summer Music Festival is underway. Two Festival participants join us in the VPR Performance Studio this morning: flutist Jennifer Grim and pianist Elizabeth Metcalfe. They'll play Poulenc's Sonata and other works.

Broadcast Monday July 14 at 11 a.m.

Live Performances
11:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Heliand Consort Live

photo: Paul Reynolds courtesy Heliand Consort

The Heliand Consort launches its 3rd annual Vermont tour with a visit to the VPR Performance Studio.  They call their program for wind quintet Ancient Airs and Tropical Dances.

Broadcast Thursday July 3 at 11 a.m.  Listen now online.