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Joanne Savio / Frank Solomon

The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival's 9th season is based around the theme of "lineage", exploring how compositional and performance traditions are passed on, evolve and become new again. The opening concert will be broadcast live on Sunday, August 20th at 3 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 Great C-major

Listen Sunday August 20 at 1 p.m.

 

Gypsies in Opera

Aug 17, 2017

Gypsies figure prominently in many operas, most famously Azucena in Il trovatore and, of course, Carmen. We'll hear excerpts from six such operas.

Listen Saturday, August 19 at 12 noon.

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From the BBC Proms
BBC Philharmonic
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
David Sawyer: The Greatest Happiness Principle
Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-flat
Khachaturian: Triumphal Poem  (Fedor Glushchenko, conductor)

Listen Friday August 18 at 8 p.m.
 

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55 Eroica  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday August 16 at 8 p.m.

Poets in Opera

Aug 14, 2017

Poets are significant characters in a number of operas. We'll sample some, including Rodolfo in La bohème, Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger, and Andrea Chénier.

Listen Saturday, August 5 at 12 noon.

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Each month, VPR Classical highlights the work of young composers throughout the region for the Student Composer Showcase. Matt Skelly is a recent graduate from Harwood Union High School, and begins studies in Music at Boston University this fall.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

From Tanglewood:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
David Zinman, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C

Listen Sunday August 13 at 1 p.m.

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin

Shostakovich: October
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D
Bridge: Five Entr'actes  (Richard Hickox, conductor)

Listen Friday August 11 at 8 p.m.

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The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival visits VPR's Studio One to perform Schubert's Trout Quintet, which will be on their concerts this weekend in Randolph and Woodstock.

Listen Friday August 11 at 11 a.m.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Jaime Laredo, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Listen Wednesday August 9 at 8 p.m.

We sample a wide variety of operas that feature characters who are singers by trade - from Der Schauspieldirektor to La Gioconda to Die Meistersinger.

Listen Saturday, August 12 at 12 noon.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Listen Sunday August 6 at 1 p.m.

Peter Konerko

Around the world, contemporary opera is having a “moment”, with an incredible amount new opera being composed and performed. The Vermont Opera Project was founded last year in Barre, with the mission of bringing new and rarely-performed operas to Vermont.

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Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Lisa Batiashvili, violin

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor
Elgar: Symphony No. 1
Mozart: Haffner Serenade  (Otmar Suitner, conductor)

Listen Friday August 4 at 8 p.m.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Dvorak: Romance for Violin, Op. 11
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Op. 68

Listen Wednesday August 2 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 Little Russian

Listen Sunday July 30 at 1 p.m.

 

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The first of 10 concerts from the 2017 BBC Proms:
BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Proms Youth Choir
Edward Gardner, conductor
Igor Levitt, piano

Tom Coult: St. John's Dance
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
John Adams: Harmonium

Listen Friday July 28 at 8 p.m.

The Crisantemi Quartet of Havana are on their first trip to the United States as a group.
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The members of Havana's Crisantemi Quartet range between 19 and 22 years old, but the music they play has a much longer history. Trained at the Lyceum Mozartiano de la Habana, and the Havana Arts College, the group pairs traditional classical compositions with high-energy renditions of Cuban folk songs.

The Student Prince

Jul 25, 2017

It's the birthday of Sigmund Romberg, the Austro-Hungarian-born composer of operetta. We hear excerpts from his best-known work, The Student Prince, from a 1952 recording with Dorothy Kirsten and Robert Rounseville.

Listen Saturday, July 29 at 12 noon.

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