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VPR Classical hosts, clockwise from the top left: Kari Anderson, Walter Parker, James Stewart, Linda Radtke and Peter Fox Smith.

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This week, we’ll discuss the music of the 15th century French composer Guillaume Dufay and how the lines that defined secular and sacred music began to blur in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

Acis and Galatea

Jun 20, 2017

Handel's Acis and Galatea was the most frequently performed of that composer's works during his lifetime. We hear excerpts from a recording by The English Baroque Soloists.

Listen Saturday, June 24 at 12 noon.

Heliand Consort Live

Jun 20, 2017
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The Heliand Consort Wind Quintet visits Studio One for a live preview of their upcoming Sea Breezes and Summer Winds Tour, including the Wind Quintet of Paul Taffanel.

Listen Thursday June 22 at 11 a.m.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat  (Heidi Soons, harp; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Sibelius: Violin Concerto  (Soovin Kim, violin; Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday June 21 at 8 p.m.
 

Speak of the Devil

Jun 14, 2017

Two very different operas with similar plot lines are Gounod's Faust and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Peter Fox Smith leads us in this exploration.

Listen Saturday, June 17 at 12 noon.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

Mozart: Impresario Overture
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

Listen Wednesday June 14 at 8 p.m.

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There are moments in music history, like all history, that stand as dividing lines. Once they happened, nothing could ever be the same.

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Each month, VPR Classical highlights the work of talented young composers for the Student Composer Showcase. We first spoke with Rachel Schwartz when she was a junior at Harwood Union High School. We'll catch up with Schwartz as she prepares to head to the Crane School of Music in the fall.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Holst: Jig from St. Paul's Suite
Dittersdorf: Sinfonia Concertante  (Russell Wilson, viola; Luke baker, double bass)
Beth Wiemann: Before the Snow  (world premiere of VSO commission)
Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B-flat La Reine (The Queen)

Listen Wednesday June 7 at 8 p.m.
 

Tristan und Isolde

Jun 6, 2017

Wagner's masterpiece Tristan und Isolde can be said to have changed the course of Western classical music. We hear excerpts from recordings both contemporary and historic.

Listen Saturday, June 10 at 12 noon.

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Though the church was instrumental in the development of musical notation, it was not the sole arbiter of music in medieval times.  The high middle ages were also the time of the troubadours or trouveres; French composers and performers of secular lyric poetry and song beginning in the late 11th Century.

We celebrate the June 3 birthday of American tenor Jan Peerce; the June 3 birthday of the French operetta composer Charles Lecocq; and the June 4 birthday of Italian mezzo- soprano Cecilia Bartoli.

Listen Saturday, June 3 at 12 noon.

Yo-Yo Ma Plays Elgar

Jun 2, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Walton: Portsmouth Point Overture
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Holst: The Planets

Listen Sunday June 4 at 1 p.m.

Verdi's Requiem

Jun 1, 2017
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New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Angela Meade, soprano; Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano; Russell Thomas, tenor; Eric Owens, bass-baritone; New York Choral Artists

Verdi: Requiem
Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D

Listen Thursday June 1 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Weber: Oberon Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Elgar: Enigma Variations  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday May 31 at 8 p.m.
 

Engraving by W. Marshall from "Fuller's Holy State", published 1648.

Hildegard of Bingen was a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, abbess, polymath and a literal visionary of the 12th Century.

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In the United States, Memorial Day is often thought of as the unofficial beginning of summer, but its significance to this country runs far deeper. "Dreams of the Fallen: Music of Honor and Remembrance for Memorial Day" seeks to recognize and memorialize, through music and poetry, those who have protected our country – often at great sacrifice – from before its founding to the present.

Broadcast Monday, May 29th at 6 p.m.

Opera Company of Middlebury

The Opera Company of Middlebury will give 4 fully-staged performances of Puccini's Il Trittico (Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica) June 2-10.  Members of the Company visit VPR's Studio One for a live preview.

We continue our exploration of Prokofiev's War and Peace with excerpts from Part 2.

Listen Saturday, May 27 at 12 noon.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule with 29 weeks to complete the year.

This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Caramoor and Opera Southwest.

Download the entire 2017 schedule here.

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