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.

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. 

Edwin Lawrence

Apr 23, 2014

This weekend Edwin Lawrence conducts his final concerts as director of the Bennington County Choral Society, which he has led for 38 years.  The program includes masses by Schubert and Ariel Ramirez, plus Psalm Cycle by Lawrence, himself.  He recently spoke with Walter Parker.

Broadcast Thursday April 24 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

Heath Quartet Live

Apr 6, 2014
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.

Vermont Virtuosi Live

Feb 27, 2014

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.

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.

Beatrice Rana Live

Feb 6, 2014
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.

Robert De Cormier was a composer, musician and arranger of choral music and worked with groups such as Peter, Paul and Mary and Harry Belafonte. He lived in Vermont for decades and passed away Tuesday.

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.

Courtesy of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Neiweem Live

Oct 24, 2013

David Neiweem brings UVM's Klop portable organ to the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of recitals he'll be giving in the area (see below).

Check out this video with a few selections from David's performance:

Walter Parker speaks with Mary Westbrook-Geha, director of the Blanche Moyse Chorale, about the 3rd Annual Blanche Moyse Memorial Concerts in Bellows Falls and Marlboro.

Pianist Vassily Primakov visits the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of his all-Chopin recital at Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Listen Online.

Dover Quartet Live

Sep 30, 2013

The Dover String Quartet (formerly the Old City String Quartet) performs an all-Beethoven concert Friday evening at College Street Congregational Church.  They stop by the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Listen Friday October 4 at 11am.

The Burlington Ensemble, with VPR Classical's Joe Goetz as guest pianist, visits the VPR Performance Studio to play Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, which will be on their programs this week in Rutland, Stowe and Burlington.

Vermont Virtuosi return to the VPR Performance Studio to preview their concerts this weekend in Burlington and Montpelier.  Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, pianist Claire Black, and guest clarinetist Karen Luttik will play music of Vermont composers David Gunn and Gwyneth Walker plus the Clarinet Sonata of Francis Poulenc.

photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Monday, August 19, 11am.  Violinist Soovin Kim, Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and guitarist Jason Vieaux, a Festival participant, speak with Walter Parker.

Listen online now.

Cellist Elinor Frey

Aug 12, 2013

Montreal-based Elinor Frey is the principal cellist of the ME2 Strings.  She has a new recording of music of cellist-composers of the Italian baroque.  We'll sample it when she drops by to chat Wednesday morning at 11, in advance of her CD release concert Wednesday evening at St. Paul's Cathedral in Burlington.