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.

photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco / BellaHristova.com

Walter Parker speaks with violinist Bella Hristova who will be soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra this weekend, premiering a violin concerto written for her by her husband David Ludwig, who will also be present.

Heliand Consort Live

Feb 11, 2016
photo: Paul Reynolds / Heliand Consort

Vermont's Heliand Consort is an ensemble of piano and wind instruments.  They visit the VPR Performance Studio on Thursday to play Francis Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds.

Broadcast Live on Thursday February 11 at noon.  Listen online now.

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With the holiday season come performances of Handel's Messiah

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

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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns to the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of her recital at Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, which will include music of Schumann, Schubert and the premiere of Breugel Suite by Philip Lasser, who will also be present. 

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.

Patricia McCarty Live

Nov 14, 2014
Ashmont Music

Patricia McCarty is former assistant principal violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and now teaches at the Meadowmount School of Music.  She and pianist Cary Lewis visit the VPR Performance Studio on Friday to preview their Hill and Hollow Music concert on Sunday.

Broadcast Friday November 14 at 11 a.m.  Listen online here.

Catalyst Quartet Live

Oct 24, 2014
Sphinx Organization

The Catalyst Quartet forms the core of the Sphinx Virtuosi, "18 of the nation's top Black and Latino classical soloists."  Each fall these alumni of the Sphinx Competition get together to further the Sphinx Organization's mission to bring diversity and new audiences to classical music. 

Allen McCullough, from the artist's website

Chinese-American pianist Tien Hsieh visits the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of her Lane Series recital featuring music composed by, or transcribed by, Franz Liszt.

Broadcast Friday October 17 at 11 a.m.

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Vermont Virtuosi's artistic director Laurel Ann Maurer has gathered an ensemble of seven flutists to perform music of Mozart, Bach, Handel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Vermont composer David Gunn in Brandon, Montpelier and Burlington. They visit the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Broadcast Friday October 10 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

Opera Company of Middlebury

The Opera Company of Middlebury presents 2 staged concert performances of Verdi's La Traviata this weekend.  We'll get a live preview on Thursday morning when members of the company, including artistic director Douglas Anderson and music director Emmanuel Plasson, visit the VPR Performance Studio.

Broadcast Thursday October 2 at 11 a.m.

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.

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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