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.

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival pays its annual visit to the VPR Performance Studio.  They'll give us a preview of their first weekend of concerts, including Brahms' Horn Trio, Beethoven's "Eyeglass" Duet, and Five Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano by Shostakovich.

Basia Danilow, violin

Arturo Delmoni, violin & viola

Peter Sanders, cello

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn

Jung Lin, piano

The Burlington Ensemble joins us to perform Felix Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings, written when he was 16 years old.  It's on the BE's programs this week in Vergennes, Richmond, Castleton and Shelburne.


Scrag Mountain Music gives us a live preview of baroque music they'll perform in Stowe, Randolph and Warren, August 3-5.  Artistic Directors soprano Mary Bonhag and double bassist Evan Premo are joined by harpsichordist Lynette Combs and Boston-based violinist Julie Leven.

Walter Parker speaks with Mel Kaplan, Artistic Director of the Vermont Summer Music Festival, and William Metcalfe, who will conduct Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance and Mozart's Requiem.

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See VPR's Summer Music Festivals page.


Violinist Kevin Lawrence, Artistic Director of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and harpist Rebecca Kauffman visit the Performance Studio to play Camille Saint-Saens' Fantasy.  The GMCMF gets underway this weekend.

Vermont Virtuosi Live

Jun 13, 2013

Vermont Virtuosi is a new chamber music group including flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, violist Tatiana Trono and pianist Claire Black.  They give their inaugural concerts this weekend in Montpelier and Burlington.  Music will be by Maurice Durufle, Arthur Foote and a world premiere by Vermont composer David Gunn.  We'll get a preview Thursday morning on VPR Classical.

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The Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble of Vermont (a serious ensemble with a tongue-in-cheek name) visits the VPR Performance Studio for a taste of their 'Double Takes' program.  It features paired settings of the same text by different composers, including Bach, Schutz and others.  They perform the program this week in Strafford, Burlington and Montpelier.


The Opera Company of Middlebury provides a live preview of their 10th anniversary production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.  They will give 5 fully-staged performances in Russian with English supertitles May 31 to June 8 at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater.

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Scrag Mountain Music is soprano Mary Bonhag and double bassist Evan Premo.  This week they are joined by Clockwise, harpist Jacqueline Kerrod and violinist Marc Uys, for music of Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst and others.  They join Walter Parker for a preview.

Listen Friday morning May 17 at 11.

Thursday 5/16/13.  Walter Parker speaks with conductor Ronald Feldman, who will lead the Burlington Chamber Orchestra on Saturday in music of Britten, Bach, Haydn and young composer Noah Marconi.

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Heliand Consort Live

May 8, 2013

The Heliand Consort will tour northern Vermont May 8-11 with music of Telemann, Dvorak and others for flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano.  They join Walter Parker in the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Michael Arnowitt Live

Apr 29, 2013
Jim Lowe

Vermont pianist Michael Arnowitt stops by the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of his recital this Sunday at 3 at Montpelier Unitarian Church, including music of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Copland.

Remembering Cellist Janos Starker

Apr 29, 2013
Colbert Artists Management

The great Hungarian-born cellist Janos Starker died Sunday at age 88.  Walter Parker speaks with cellist Daniel Lelchuk, a native of the Upper Valley, who spent a year studying with Starker.

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Lux Aeterna

Apr 24, 2013

This Sunday the Burlington Choral Society will perform Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light).  We'll listen to this remarkably beautiful work from 1997 Thursday morning at a bit past 10 on VPR Classical.

photo: Christian Steiner

The Emerson String Quartet will play music of Dvorak, Schumann and Grieg tonight at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth. It will be one of their last concerts with cellist David Finckel, ending 34 years of the same personnel. At 11 this morning we'll listen to him speak about his strong Vermont connection.


photo: Liz Linder / Blue Heron

Scott Metcalfe is a Vermont native (son of well-known local musicians William and Elizabeth Metcalfe) who now directs Blue Heron, Boston's professional Renaissance choir. Blue Heron will perform music of Johannes Ockeghem at St. Michael's College this evening and at Grace Church in Rutland tomorrow evening.

Ariel Quartet Live

Jan 22, 2013

Wednesday evening the Ariel Quartet will perform the next installment of the Beethoven Quartet Cycle taking place at College Street Congregational Church in Burlington. We'll get a live preview this morning at 11.


Cicely Parnas Live

Jan 18, 2013
photo: Michael Polito / Cellist Cicely Parnas

This weekend young cellist Cicely Parnas will play the Cello Concerto of Edward Elgar with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jaime Laredo. She stops by to chat with Walter Parker at 11.


Photos: Dallas Kilponen (Moore) and courtesy the artist (Garcia) / Latonia Moore and Jesus Garcia

The Vermont Youth Orchestra presents its first-ever Opera Extravaganza Sunday, January 20, at the Flynn Center at 3pm. The VYO will be joined by the VYO Chorus, soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Jesus Garcia. The soloists join us this morning at 11.


The Winds of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra join us live today for a preview of their concert at the McCarthy Arts Center of St. Michael's College on Saturday. Music will include selections from The Magic Flute of Mozart and the Petite Symphonie of Gounod.