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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

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

Broadcast Wednesday December 2 at 8 p.m.

Billy Reed / Flickr

With the holiday season, comes performances of Handel's Messiah

Know of a Messiah performance or sing-along not listed here?  Tell us about it! 

U.S. Public Domain

The Age of Enlightenment in the 18th Century called into question the powers of the monarchy and religious dogma. There was an emphasis on scientific rigor and simplicity. This movement found its start in the writings of philosophers and made it ways into politics and eventually art – even the world of opera through the reforms of Christoph Willibald Gluck.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco / The artist's website

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein returns to the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of her recital at Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, which will include music of Schumann, Schubert and the premiere of Philip Lasser's Breugel Suite.

Listen Friday December 4 at noon.


Nov 25, 2015

We celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with operatic excerpts that exemplify feasting and giving thanks.

Listen Saturday, November 28 at 12 noon.

Bayreuth Festival 2015 / Enrico Nawrath

Wagner from the source, in the very theater the composer designed for his music dramas. Deutsche Welle presents Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner, recorded from the opening concert of the Bayreuth festival 2015. Hear the Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Bayreuth Festival Orchestra conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Broadcast Saturday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.

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The death of J.S. Bach in 1750 has traditionally been regarded as the end of the Baroque Period. The well-known Classical era of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is said to have begun in 1775.  The transitional, 25 year period between is known as Rococo.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 Haffner  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Gershwin: Lullaby  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Broadcast Wednesday November 25 at 8 p.m.

We hear some of Peter's and Sam's favorite little-known opera (and Broadway musical) excerpts, including music from Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, Haydn's Il mondo della luna, and Britten's The Turn of the Screw.

Listen Saturday, November 21 at 12 noon.

Karen Kevra

Walter Parker speaks with Karen Kevra, director of Capital City Concerts, about A Place on Earth concerts this weekend in Colchester and Montpelier.

Broadcast Thursday November 19 at noon.