VPR Choral Hour

Sundays at 11 a.m., Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on VPR Classical

Choral singing is an important part of community life, and a major part of our rich cultural life here in the Green Mountain State. About a quarter of all American households have at least one person singing in a choir—in Vermont that number is much larger, with every region having at least one volunteer chorus, and school programs strong in vocal music.

On Sunday mornings at 11 and Tuesday evenings at 8, Vermont singer Linda Radtke explores the range of great classical choral works, from madrigals to masses. On each program, a Vermont chorus is featured. You will hear Bella Voce, Social Band, the Handel Society, Counterpoint, the Oriana Singers and many other community groups. Vermont composers of choral music—Erik Nielsen, Gwyneth Walker, Don Jamison and others—are also highlighted.

Listen to the VPR Choral Hour for information on the many choral activities, auditions and concerts from our many groups in the listening area. If you have questions or suggestions for the show please send us a message.

For over 40 years Dr. Brian Webb was a central figure in the Vermont music community, especially in the world of choral music. He died recently in a sailing accident on Lake Champlain.

Linda Radtke has gathered musical memories of Dr. Webb from his colleagues in the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Onion River Chorus, and Christ Church Episcopal Choir. She'll share those remembrances, along with favorite pieces by Handel, Mozart, Rodrigo, and others.

Listen Friday at 3 and Sunday at 11.