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.

Catalyst Quartet Live

Oct 24, 2014

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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