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VPR Classical is Vermont's statewide classical music station. We bring you the broad world of classical music with a strong local connection: local hosts throughout the week, live performances, news about events in your community, and more.

VPR Classical Hosts Kari Anderson and Walter Parker share locally-hosted music Monday - Saturday.
VPR Classical Hosts Kari Anderson and Walter Parker share locally-hosted music Monday - Saturday.
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Listen to the VPR Choral Hour with Linda Radtke and the VSO On VPR Classical hosted by Walter Parker.

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Malayna Johnson

Malayna Johnson is a senior at Harwood Union High School and March’s Student Composer Showcase. Her Latin-jazz inspired piece for brass quintet is called Limitless, referring to her desire to push musical boundaries. In it, horns growl, climbing into screeching high registers, pushing the limits of what the instruments can do.

Black History Month

Feb 24, 2015

In honor of Black History Month, we present a program of some of the finest African-American singers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Kathleen Battle, and Leontyne Price.

Listen Saturday, February 28 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Andre Watts, piano

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73  Emperor

Broadcast Wednesday February 25 at 8 p.m.

Dartmouth College

The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble presents "An Evening in Metropolis" this Friday evening, in a concert that pairs new music with Fritz Lang's classic expressionist film "Metropolis." 

DCWE director Matthew Marsit joined VPR's Kari Anderson to talk about where the idea for this concert came from, what the current relevance of the film is, student reactions, what concert goers can expect and music as a living medium.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551  Jupiter
Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1  (Joseph Kalichstein, piano)

Broadcast Wednesday February 18 at 8 p.m.


Feb 16, 2015

We hear excerpts from the opera Lakmé by Léo Delibes.

Listen Saturday, February 21 at 12 noon.

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Join host Reuben Jackson at 11 a.m. on VPR Classical this Saturday, Feb. 21 for a pre-Oscar special called Listening to the Movies.

In the hour-long program, we’ll celebrate evocative music from classic Hollywood soundtracks by Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann, David Raksin, Duke Ellington and others. 

The only opera we know that is set on Valentine's Day is La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) by Georges Bizet. We hear a recording that features June Anderson and Alfredo Kraus.

Listen Saturday, February 14 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano

Delius: Irmelin Prelude
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83

Broadcast Wednesday February 11 at 8 p.m.

In looking at memorable dates in opera history in February, we'll hear music by Gustave Charpentier, Victor Herbert, Rossini, Verdi, and Mozart.

Listen Saturday, February 7 at 12 noon.