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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, clockwise from the top left: Kari Anderson, Walter Parker, James Stewart, Linda Radtke and Peter Fox Smith.

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In the United States, Memorial Day is often thought of as the unofficial beginning of summer, but its significance to this country runs far deeper. "Dreams of the Fallen: Music of Honor and Remembrance for Memorial Day" seeks to recognize and memorialize, through music and poetry, those who have protected our country – often at great sacrifice – from before its founding to the present.

Broadcast Monday, May 29th at 6 p.m.

We continue our exploration of Prokofiev's War and Peace with excerpts from Part 2.

Listen Saturday, May 27 at 12 noon.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule with 29 weeks to complete the year.

This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Caramoor and Opera Southwest.

Download the entire 2017 schedule here.

Opera Company of Middlebury

The Opera Company of Middlebury will give 4 fully-staged performances of Puccini's Il Trittico (Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica) June 2-10.  Members of the Company visit VPR's Studio One for a live preview.

Listen Thursday May 25 at 11 a.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)

Listen Wednesday May 24 at 8 p.m.

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Have you ever been to a restaurant and heard an off-brand version of the popular “Happy Birthday To You” song?

The reason why a restaurant would choose to use that version, rather than the traditional “Happy Birthday To You,” is because, until recently, that song was protected under copyright. The company Summy Birchard of the Warner Music Group claimed the rights to that melody. They earned an estimated $2 million dollars a year in licensing fees for what is arguably the most popular song in the world. They owned that music.

Peter Fox Smith gives us a splendid introduction to Part One of Prokofiev's masterpiece War and Peace. Included in the casts are Galina Vishnevskaya, Gregam Gregoriam, and Nicolai Gedda.

Listen Saturday, May 20 at 12 noon.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Haydn: Symphony No. 68 in B-flat  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Prokofiev: selections from the ballet Romeo and Juliet  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Listen Wednesday May 17 at 8 p.m.

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Guido de Arezzo was one of the first music theorists in our western musical tradition.

Renée Fleming

May 11, 2017

This Saturday, May 13, marks the final Metropolitan Opera broadcast performance by Renée Fleming, who will be heard in her signature role of the Marschallin in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. On A Passion for Opera we present a tribute to this iconic soprano, featuring music by Mozart, Dvořák, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, and Richard Strauss.

Listen Saturday, May 13 at 12 noon.

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For May's Student Composer Showcase we hear two perspectives on the process of writing music: one from a student composer and the other from the professional mentor helping her shape her works.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor
VSO Chorus, prepared by Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo; Brenna Wells, soprano; Stefan Reed, tenor; David McFerrin, bass

Schubert: Mass No. 2 in G, D. 167
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88

Listen Wednesday May 10 at 8 p.m.

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It’s easy to take for granted this ability to take a piece of music and understand it instantly, but this wasn’t always the case. Let’s explore the birth of modern musical notation and the history of this elegant practice.

Love Duets

May 3, 2017

Love duets in opera do not always lead to happy relationships. We hear a few such duets, from operas as diverse as Manon Lescaut, The Tales of Hoffmann, and Boris Godunov.

Listen Saturday, May 6 at 12 noon.

Il corsaro

May 2, 2017

What is wrong with Verdi's Il corsaro? Excerpts with Montserrat Caballé, Jessye Norman, and José Carreras will provide a happy answer.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture  (Raymond Leppard, conductor)
Berlioz: Harold in Italy  (Jaime Laredo, conductor; Michael Tree, viola)

Listen Wednesday May 3 at 8 p.m.

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There is a long history of connection between the world of music and the world of mathematics.

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Reuben Jackson returns to VPR Classical for a celebration of composers who had a "profound and enduring impact on a certain nerdy, young music lover growing up in Washington, D.C."

Broadcast April 29th at 10 a.m. and Monday, May 1st at 8 p.m.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano; Jennifer Montone, horn

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat

Listen Wednesday April 26 at 8 p.m.

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The art of writing down melodies, preserving sound in time, was not something that was first invented just 1,000 years ago. Humans have made music for most of our history, let's explore some of the earliest examples of musical notation. The first comes to us from a culture that’s nearly 3,400 years old.

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