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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 Kari Anderson and Walter Parker share locally-hosted music Monday - Saturday.
VPR Classical Hosts Kari Anderson and Walter Parker share locally-hosted music Monday - Saturday.
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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.

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Today marks Armenian Remembrance Day and the centennial of the mass killings of Armenian citizens during World War I. Here are five Armenian composers whose music we'll highlight in commemoration of the day.

What do Puccini's Turandot and Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore have in common? They both premiered on the same date: April 25th. We'll hear excerpts from both.

Listen Saturday, April 25 at 12 noon.

Courtesy of Marlboro College

Marlboro College music professor Stan Charkey has written a new work and it’s one that poignantly brings to life quiet moments from Vermont’s history.

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We are excited to announce a new educational series on VPR Classical: Timeline is an exploration into the development of Western music. Take a journey into the events, characters and concepts that shaped our Western musical tradition. Hosted by VPR Classical's James Stewart, we’ll start from the very beginning and trace the steps of music through history.

Starting Monday, April 27, broadcasts Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and Fridays at 7 a.m.

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

Broadcast Wednesday April 22 at 8 p.m.
 

Vermont Virtuosi Live

Apr 19, 2015
Laurel Ann Maurer

Vermont Virtuosi return to the VPR Performance Studio for a preview of their concerts in Burlington and Montpelier this weekend titled I Remember.  They feature music for various combinations of flute, harp, cello and voice, including a new piece by Vermont composer Erik Nielsen and a work based on the Diary of Anne Frank.

Broadcast Thursday April 23 at 11 a.m.

Lindsey Huddle

This weekend, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble has their annual concert featuring new works inspired by a Vermont poet, a show that intersperses the poet reading their works with musical responses from Vermont composers. David Huddle is this year's poet, and he joins VPR Classical's Kari Anderson and Steve Klimowski of the VCME to talk about the project. 

Concerts are Friday at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, and Saturday at the Black Bock Theater, Main Street Landing in Burlington.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Apr 16, 2015

We hear music from Shostakovich's two operas, The Nose and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Listen Saturday, April 18 at 12 noon.

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Join Reuben Jackson, the host of VPR's Friday Night Jazz, this Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. and Monday, April 20 at 8 p.m. on VPR Classical. Jackson hosts a Jazz Appreciation Month special exploring the ongoing relationship between jazz and the European Classical tradition. We'll hear works by Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, George Duke, Ornette Coleman and others.  
 

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