VPR Classical

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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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday March 29 at 8 p.m.

Glenn Ross

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Judith Ingolfsson, violin

Peter Hamlin: Green Mountain Variations
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77

Listen Wednesday March 22 at 8 p.m.

James Stewart / VPR

Musical labels are useful. The title of a genre or style comes in handy in the record store, on the radio or for streaming services. But these labels can also be problematic and divisive.

Trial By Jury

Mar 17, 2017

Trial by Jury was the first successful collaboration by Gilbert & Sullivan; The Gondoliers was the last of the successful Savoy operas. We'll hear a 1995 recording of Trial by Jury (with Richard Suart as the Learned Judge) and a vintage recording of excerpts from The Gondoliers (with Martyn Green as the Duke of Plaza-Toro).

Listen Saturday, March 25 at 12 noon.

Sadko

Mar 14, 2017

We hear excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular opera, Sadko, featuring the voices of Vladimir Galusin and Gegan Grigorian.

Listen Saturday, March 18 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Erik Nielsen: Fanfare in B-flat (premier)
Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 Paris
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 38 Spring

Listen Wednesday March 15 at 8 p.m.

James Stewart

In 1952, on a summer day in Woodstock, New York, pianist David Tudor held an outdoor recital of contemporary piano music. During this concert he premiered a new work by composer John Cage. For this performance, Tudor sat at the piano with the lid closed, keys covered for 4 minutes and 33 seconds, split into 3 movements. The results of this performance are still controversial to this day.

Don Carlo

Mar 7, 2017

We hear music from Verdi's Don Carlo, which had its premiere on this date in 1867.

Listen Saturday, March 11 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday March 8 at 8 p.m.

Troy's Jacob Dennison is the featured young musician for VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase.

U.S. Public Domain

In the second half of the 20th century, technology evolved at an ever-increasing pace. The ability to capture a performance and manipulate recorded sound allowed musicians, artists and composers a freedom that they had never experienced before. It all started with the advent and adoption of magnetic tape.

Christian Steiner / Frank Salomon Associates, Inc.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Wednesday March 1 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

As a composer, Aaron Copland desired to be as American in his music as Mussorgsky and Stravinsky were Russian. He was always interested in expressing his Inscape, the true emotions happening within him. His writings, music and instruction helped bring the rigor of the European tradition to American music and influenced a generation of composers.

Daniel-François Auber was once an immensely popular composer. We sample music from his opera Le domino noir.

Listen Saturday, March 4 at 12 noon.

VPR

VPR's Reuben Jackson returns to VPR Classical for a pre-Oscars celebration of the best in film scores. Music for films by Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, David Amram, Stan Getz, and many more.

Broadcast Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m.

La scala di seta

Feb 21, 2017

We hear excerpts from La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder), a one-act comic opera by the 20 year old Gioachino Rossini.

Listen Saturday, February 25 at 12 noon.

Carl Van Vechten / Wikimedia Commons

VPR Classical celebrates Black History Month with African American Voices, a series of 3-minute vignettes on the contributions of African American classical musicians. 

Listen all this week at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

U.S. Public Domain

His life embodied the American dream. Starting from nothing, he used his talents and musical intuition to build a fortune and an international reputation. George Gershwin’s music touched a diverse array of audiences and forms, from popular song to concerti to opera. In his short life he helped shape the future of American music.

Treemonisha

Feb 16, 2017

In celebration of Black History Month, we hear excerpts from Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha. And we honor the life of tenor Nicolai Gedda, who died last month at the age of 91.

Listen Saturday, February 18 at 12 noon.

Allison Cooke / Indiana University

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Andre Watts, piano

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

Listen Wednesday February 15 at 8 p.m.

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