Classical Music with Walter Parker

Weekdays 10a.m. - 2p.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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With the holiday season, comes performances of Handel's Messiah

Know of a Messiah performance or sing-along not listed here?  Tell us about it! 

Opera Company of Middlebury

The Opera Company of Middlebury gives us a live preview of their production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

Broadcast Thursday October 15 at noon.  Listen online now.

Yutaka Kono Live

Oct 8, 2015
Yutaka Kono

Walter Parker speaks with the new artistic director of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Yutaka Kono, and the two soloists for Saturday's concert, violinist Letitia Quante and oboist Katie Oprea.

Listen online now.

photo: Stina Booth / Elizabeth Reid

Well-known Vermont musicians Elizabeth Reid, viola, and Alison Cerutti, piano, visit the VPR Performance Studio to perform the remarkable Viola Sonata of Rebecca Clarke.

Broadcast Wednesday June 3 at noon.

Camerata New England

The Camerata New England Piano Trio gives us a live preview of their upcoming concert of music by Mozart and Schumann.

Broadcast Friday May 22 at noon.

Opera Company of Middlebury

The Opera Company of Middlebury gives us a live preview of their upcoming production of Puccini's Turandot.

Broadcast Thursday May 21 at noon.

Vermont Virtuosi Live

Apr 23, 2015
Laurel Ann Maurer

Vermont Virtuosi return to the VPR Performance Studio for a preview of their concerts in Burlington and Montpelier this weekend titled I Remember.  They feature music for various combinations of flute, harp, cello and voice, including a new piece by Vermont composer Erik Nielsen and a work based on the Diary of Anne Frank.

Broadcast Thursday April 23 at 11 a.m.

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With the holiday season approaching, there will be a variety of performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratorio.

If you know of a Messiah performance or sing-along not listed here, please let us know by contacting us here.'

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

The new director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, will NOT be able to join Walter Parker on VPR Classical Friday morning.  He has prepared the Chorus for the VSO's Holiday Pops concerts this weekend in Barre, Burlington and Rutland.

Spektral Quartet

Scrag Mountain Music hosts the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet this weekend.  Double bassist Evan Premo of Scrag Mountain joins the Quartet in the VPR Performance Studio to play Dvorak's String Quintet, Op. 77, which will be on concerts in Burlington, Montpelier and Warren. 

Broadcast Friday November 14 at 3 p.m.