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.

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.

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.

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.

The AK Duo Live

Jul 18, 2014
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.

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.

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.

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.

courtesy Hill and Hollow Music

Pianists Vassily Primakov and Natalia Lavrova are in residence at Hill and Hollow Music in Saranac, NY, this week.  They visit the VPR Performance Studio to play music for piano 4-hands. 

courtesy Village Harmony

Larry Gordon's Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble is touring the area.  They bring a mix of American shape-note songs, Bulgarian and Macedonian music, South African dance-songs and Renaissance music to the VPR Performance Studio.

Broadcast Tuesday June 17 at 11 a.m.

VPR

The Green Mountain Opera Festival visits the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of their upcoming production of Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella).

Broadcast Tuesday June 10 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

The husband-and-wife team of double bassist Evan Premo and soprano Mary Bonhag forms the core of central Vermont-based Scrag Mountain Music, which expands with guest artists as needed.  They visit the VPR Performance Studio this week to play Schubert's Trout Quintet.

Broadcast Friday May 30 at 11 a.m.

Momenta Quartet Live

May 25, 2014
VPR

The Momenta Quartet is in-residence at Yellow Barn in Putney this week.  The New York City-based Quartet will visit the VPR Performance Studio on Thursday to play the String Quartet of Claude Debussy.

Broadcast Thursday May 29 at 11 a.m.

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The Opera Company of Middlebury will give 5 fully-staged performances of Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers from May 30 through June 7.  Artistic Director Douglas Anderson, Music Director Emmanuel Plasson and members of the cast visit Walter Parker in the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Broadcast Friday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m.

The Opera Company of Middlebury will give 5 fully-staged performances of Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers from May 30 through June 7.  Artistic Director Douglas Anderson, Music Director Emmanuel Plasson and members of the cast visit Walter Parker in the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Listen Friday May 23 at 11 a.m.

VPR

The Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont will give its 10th anniversary concerts May 17 and 18 in Burlington and Stowe, coinciding with the release of their new CD of music by Robert De Cormier, Songs of Hope and Freedom.  Walter Parker speaks with Robert De Cormier and Dawn Willis, founding director of Bella Voce.

Broadcast Thursday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m.

Vermont Youth Orchestra Association

The Vermont Youth Orchestra's 50th Anniversary Season culminates in two concerts this weekend. To celebrate, VPR Classical hosts will speak with some of the musicians involved in this weekend's festivities.

On Friday morning at 11 Walter Parker will speak with past and present directors of the VYO.  Troy Peters conducts an orchestra of VYO alumni in Finlandia by Sibelius as part of Sunday's concert.  Current director Jeffrey Domoto will lead the VYO, VYO Chorus and members of the music community in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. 

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