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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.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat, Op. 4, No. 6  (Heidi Soons, harp; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47  (Soovin Kim violin; Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Broadcast Wednesday August 26 at 8 p.m.


Aug 24, 2015

We hear music from Zoroastre, a seldom-performed opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Listen Saturday, August 29 at 12 noon.


The Latin word Cantata means “to sing”, the word Sonata means “to play.” That last title is vague enough to cover a multitude of instrumental genres. Vocal music comes with a built-in structure for the composer to follow.

We spend an hour in Ireland. First we hear Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaughan Williams, to a text by Synge; then we hear a recital by Irish tenor John McCormack.

Listen Saturday, August 22 at 12 noon.

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival’s theme for this season is “Sounds of the Wind”, concerts that feature chamber works for a combination of woodwinds, strings, and piano. The opening concert will be broadcast live on VPR Classical this Sunday, hosted by Walter Parker and James Stewart.

Broadcast Sunday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m.


Each month, VPR's Reuben Jackson explores the cross-pollination between jazz and classical works, and artists that are "beyond category." For the August edition of Where Have We Met Before, we'll explore classical works by Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson, plus compositions by Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms interpreted by jazz artists Bill Frisell and Kurt Elling.

Broadcast Monday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.

photo: Fred Collins / Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio press information

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Sibelius: Valse triste
Honegger: Pastorale d'ete
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C, Op. 56

Broadcast Wednesday August 19 at 8 p.m.


The word opera literally translates as the word “work;” it’s the plural of the noun opus. The dramatic form of opera has its roots deep within the aristocratic culture of early 16th Century Florence, Italy.

We present a request program that features the voices of tenor Joseph Calleja and soprano Lisa Della Casa in music by Verdi, Puccini, and Richard Strauss.

Listen Saturday, August 15 at 12 noon.


Friday at noon, the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival makes its annual visit to the VPR Performance Studio for a preview their season in Randolph and Woodstock August 10-23.  We'll hear a quartet of cellists: Chris Finckel, Hannah Holman, Jeffrey Ziegler and Artistic Director Peter Sanders.