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Fred Collins / Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson-Trio.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Sibelius: Valse triste
Honegger: Pastorale d'ete
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C, Op. 56

Listen Wednesday August 31 at 8 p.m.

Timeline: Amy Beach

10 hours ago
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In the 19th century, composition was a man’s world. The stigma of being a female composer made it difficult for a woman’s work to be read or heard.  One woman helped to break through this glass ceiling and pave the way for a generation of female composers, her name was Amy Beach.

La Wally

Aug 26, 2016

We present excerpts from La Wally by Alfredo Catalani, featuring Renata Tebaldi in the title role.

Listen Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon.

Benjamin Ealovega / www.stevenosborne.co.uk

From the 2016 BBC Proms
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Steven Osborne, piano

Ginastera: Ollantay
Britten: Piano Concerto
Schubert: Symphony No. 9  Great C-Major
Elgar: Coronation March  (Andrew Davis, conductor)

Listen Friday August 26 at 8 p.m.

Peter's special guest is Marjan Kiepura, who shares recordings by his famous parents, Jan Kiepura and Marta Eggerth.

Listen Saturday, August 27 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Holst: Ostinato from St. Paul's Suite  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday August 24 at 8 p.m.

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For centuries, the region of Austro/Germany produced remarkably talented composers. You can follow a chain of names from Haydn to Mozart, from Beethoven to Mendelssohn and Brahms. One of the last great composers of this line was Gustav Mahler.

BBC Proms

From the 2016 BBC Proms
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Robert Levin, piano

Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Listen Friday August 19 at 8 p.m.

We hear music from the Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow; from Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta; and from Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe.

Listen Saturday, August 20 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Listen Wednesday August 17 at 8 p.m.

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The music of composer Edvard Grieg has become synonymous with his homeland, Norway. Grieg brought the folk tunes and artistic sensibility of Scandinavia to the world through his evocative music and extensive tours.

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival will be in residence in Vermont from August 15 through 28. We hear highlights from past seasons, including the Brahms Sextet, Op. 36.

Listen Saturday, August 13 at 12 noon.

Drew Kelley / IMG Artists

From the 2016 BBC Proms:
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Miah Persson, soprano; Anna Stephany, mezzo-soprano; John Daszak, tenor; Christopher Purves, bass

Magnus Lindberg: Two Episodes
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9  Choral
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15  (Artur Rubinstein, piano; Daniel Barenboim, conductor)

Listen Friday August 12 at 8 p.m.

Tina Gutierrez / www.jenniferjolley.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Sibelius: Suite Mignonne
Jennifer Jolley: The Ferry Crossing  (world premier commission)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Listen Wednesday August 10 at 8 p.m.

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French composer Camille Saint-Saens had a long and successful career as a pianist, organist and composer. Over the course of his life he saw music change dramatically as the world moved from one century to another. Yet, his music stood grounded and his style remained consistent. Claude Debussy called Camille Saint-Saens, “The musician of tradition”.

Our first Bach & Brews was a success, so let's have another round!

Missed the first one? Here's what we're doing: Classical music often gets a bad rap for being too stuffy and formal, but what if it didn’t have to be? VPR Classical is setting out to break down those walls with our new series of chamber music reading parties, Bach & Brews.

Courtesy of Music-COMP

Each month, VPR Classical highlights the work of talented young composers from across the region for our Student Composer Showcase. For August, we'll meet a recent graduate of North Country Union High School, Jonathan DeRoehn.

Christian Steiner

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Albert Brouwer, flute
C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor

Raymond Leppard, conductor
Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Listen Wednesday August 3 at 8 p.m.

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In 1865 the 13th amendment of the constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery in the United States forever. As a result an entire population of citizens was now free to pursue their education and their artistic dreams. The next generation saw the development of new musical styles; the American art-forms of blues, ragtime and jazz.

Royal Albert Hall

The opening concert of the 2016 BBC Proms:
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; BBC National Chorus of Wales
Sol Gabetta, cello; Olga Borodina, mezzo-soprano
Sakari Oramo, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Vasks: Dolcissima
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Cantata
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19  (Stephen Kovacevich, piano; Sir Colin Davis, conductor)

Listen Friday July 29 at 8 p.m.