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The concerto is a popular genre of instrumental music that was developed during the Baroque.  It is characterized by one or more instruments (the concertino) acting as the soloist while other instruments (the ripieno) accompany the principle line. When it is one instrument accompanied by many we called it a “solo concerto." When there are multiple instruments sharing the spotlight we call this a “concerto grosso."

To discuss the origins of this form we’ll have to journey back to 17th Century Italy and explore the music of two composers; Arcangelo Corelli and Guiseppe Torelli.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

Jaime Laredo, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Broadcast Wednesday September 2 at 8 p.m.

A Fleeting Animal

Aug 30, 2015

A Fleeting Animal is an opera by Vermont composer Erik Nielsen to a libretto by David Budbill, based on his play Judevine.  Nielsen's revised version will tour the state for 6 performances from September 11 to 20.  Nielsen and lead characters will join us for a live preview on Friday at noon.

Broadcast Friday September 4 at noon.


You can enjoy New York's Metropolitan Opera without leaving New England!

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat, Op. 4, No. 6  (Heidi Soons, harp; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47  (Soovin Kim violin; Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Broadcast Wednesday August 26 at 8 p.m.


Aug 24, 2015

We hear music from Zoroastre, a seldom-performed opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Listen Saturday, August 29 at 12 noon.


The Latin word Cantata means “to sing”, the word Sonata means “to play.” That last title is vague enough to cover a multitude of instrumental genres. Vocal music comes with a built-in structure for the composer to follow.

We spend an hour in Ireland. First we hear Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaughan Williams, to a text by Synge; then we hear a recital by Irish tenor John McCormack.

Listen Saturday, August 22 at 12 noon.

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival’s theme for this season is “Sounds of the Wind”, concerts that feature chamber works for a combination of woodwinds, strings, and piano. The opening concert will be broadcast live on VPR Classical this Sunday, hosted by Walter Parker and James Stewart.

Broadcast Sunday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m.


Each month, VPR's Reuben Jackson explores the cross-pollination between jazz and classical works, and artists that are "beyond category." For the August edition of Where Have We Met Before, we'll explore classical works by Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson, plus compositions by Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms interpreted by jazz artists Bill Frisell and Kurt Elling.

Broadcast Monday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.