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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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The BSO At Tanglewood

Jul 20, 2016
Boston Symphony Orchestra

Broadcasts from the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2016 Tanglewood season begin Sunday.
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1  Classical
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

Listen Sunday July 24 at 1 p.m.

We hear excerpts from Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio in historic performances by such singers as Leopold Simoneau, Erna Berger, Gottlob Frick, and Fritz Wunderlich.

Listen Saturday, July 23 at 12 noon.

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

Jul 19, 2016

Dennis Bathory Kitsz, a Northfield Falls composer and teacher, has written a new book that highlights the accessibility and common humanity of classical music.

Allison Cooke / Indiana University

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Andre Watts, piano

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73  Emperor

Listen Wednesday July 20 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

The musical challenge of the 19th century composer was finding the balance between the traditional styles and forms of the past while embracing their own heritage and homeland. The Bohemian composer, Antonin Dvorak, was extremely successful at walking this fine line.  Many consider Dvorak to be the greatest Czech nationalist composer of all time.

Opera North

Jul 13, 2016

Peter's special guest is Evans Haile, General Director of Opera North. They discuss, and play excerpts from, the three theater pieces that Opera North is presenting this summer: Tosca, The Daughter of the Regiment, and Evita.

Listen Saturday, July 16 at 12 noon.

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In the ballrooms of Vienna in the 19th century, if you heard a waltz it was highly likely that it was written by a member of the Strauss family; either the father, Johann, or one of his three sons, Johann Jr., Josef or Eduard.

Glenn Ross / Portraits Judith Ingolfsson

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Judith Ingolfsson, violin

Peter Hamlin: Green Mountain Variations
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77

Listen Wednesday July 13 at 8 p.m.

We present excerpts from operas by Gluck, including Armide, Alceste, Iphigénie en Aulide, and Orfeo - with such singers as Frida Leider, Elisabeth Rethberg, Léopold Simoneau, and Kirsten Flagstad.

Listen Saturday, July 9 at 12 noon.

Susie Francy is a recent graduate from Leland and Gray, and July’s featured composer for VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun  (Albert Brouwer, flute)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade  (Katherine Winterstein, violin)

Listen Wednesday July 6 at 8 p.m.

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Although he wasn’t part of the so called “Russian Five” circle of composers, Pytor Llyich Tchiakovsky stands as one of the most beloved and most talented Russian composers of all time.

In honor of summer, we hear excerpts from Wagner's Die Meistersinger, with José van Dam as Hans Sachs and Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing.

Listen Saturday, July 2 at 12 noon.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

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

Listen Wednesday June 29 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

In the 19th century there were two seemingly opposing influences in the world of music. First, the growing tide of Romantic Nationalism was sweeping the Western world as each people group sought ways to express and preserve their cultural identity. Second, the power of the music from the 18th century, especially of the German masters Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, had been burned into the collective consciousness. In Russia, these two forces met in the music of Mikhail Glinka and a group of composers we call “The Russian Five”.

Summer Operas

Jun 23, 2016

We celebrate summer and sun in opera excerpts from a variety of genres, from Verdi and Wagner to Gilbert and Sullivan.

Listen Saturday, June 25 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta  (Kate Tamarkin, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor  Little Russian  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio Overture  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Listen Wednesday June 22 at 8 p.m.

Music is one of the ways that we define ourselves.

Beginning around the 19th century, we’re able to think about composers not along lines of genre or form but along lines of nationality. 


Reuben Jackson returns to VPR Classical to host Where Have We Met Before?, featuring composers whose musical versatility, courage and lyricism embodies American originality.

Broadcast Saturday, July 2nd at 11 a.m. and Monday, July 4th at 9 p.m.

Gounod & Weber

Jun 16, 2016

We hear music by Charles Gounod and Carl Maria von Weber in remarkable recordings that feature the voices of Tiana Lemnitz, Nicolai Gedda, and Birgit Nilsson, among others.

Listen Saturday, June 18 at 12 noon.