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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Live Performances
10:39 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Heath Quartet Live

photo: Sussie Ahlburg

The Heath Quartet from Great Britain is in Vermont to perform quartets of Beethoven, Bartok and Mendelssohn Sunday, April 6, at Marlboro College and Wednesday, April 9, at Middlebury College.  They stop by the VPR Performance Studio for a visit.

Broadcast Wednesday April 9 at 11 a.m.

Live Performances
9:25 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Vermont Virtuosi Live

Claire Black, Laurel Ann Maurer and Karen Luttik

Vermont Virtuosi return to the VPR Performance Studio for a preview of their 'Winter Spirits' concerts in Montpelier and Burlington.  Flutist Laurel Ann Mauer, clarinetist Karen Luttik and pianist Claire Black will play music including works by Vermont composers David Gunn and Thomas L. Read, who will be present to introduce their pieces.

Broadcast Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.

Live Performances
11:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Pianist Paul Orgel Live

Vermont pianist Paul Orgel returns to the VPR Performance Studio to give us a preview of his UVM recital of lesser-known late Romantic works by Ernest Chausson, Josef Suk and Max Reger.

Broadcast Wednesday February 26 at 11 a.m.

Live Performances
1:40 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Beatrice Rana Live

Beatrice Rana
photo: Julien Faugere Solea

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  She's in Vermont to perform at the UVM Lane Series on Friday.  She joins Walter Parker in the VPR Performance Studio for a preview.

Broadcast Friday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.

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Musical Conversations
2:24 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Robert De Cormier Visits

This weekend Robert De Cormier conducts his final concerts as founding director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  The program includes Brahms' German Requiem and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and will be given in Burlington and Rutland.  De Cormier chats with VPR Classical's Walter Parker.

Broadcast Thursday January 23 at 11 a.m.

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Live Performances
9:00 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Simone Dinnerstein Live

photo: 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.

Musical Conversations
6:19 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Mandolinist August Watters

August Watters (front right) and the New England Mandolin Ensemble

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.

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Live Performances
11:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Fine Arts Quartet Live

Fine Arts Quartet
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.

Musical Conversations
11:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Choral Conductor Dawn Willis


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.

Live Performances
10:04 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Pianist Claire Black Live

Claire Black warms up in the VPR Colchester studio prior to her live performance.
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.