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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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VPR Classical Hosts
Walter Parker | Linda Radtke | Kari Anderson | James Stewart | All Programs

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

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Boston Symphony Orchestra | BSO At Tanglewood | Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center | Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Exploring Music | From The Top | Metropolitan Opera | The Met Live In HD | New York Philharmonic | Performance Today | Saturday Matinee | SymphonyCast | VSO On VPR Classical

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Live Performances | Musical Conversations | Student Composer Showcase | The Beethoven Project | Classical Music Timeline Podcast & Timeline Elements

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Deceptive Cadence Blog | Classics In Concert | All NPR Classical

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Counterpoint Live

Jul 17, 2018
Adam Silverman Photography / www.counterpointchorus.org

Counterpoint, Vermont's professional vocal ensemble, directed by Nathaniel Lew, visits VPR's Stetson Studio One for a live preview of their Flowers of the Field concerts, including music of Vaughan Williams, Janacek, and Vermont composer Matt LaRocca, accompanied by violist Elizabeth Reid and pianist Paul Orgel.

Listen Friday July 20 at 11 a.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Wednesday July 18 at 8 p.m.


Tanglewood Encore:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

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

Listen Sunday July 15 at 1 p.m.


Jul 14, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Susanna Malkki, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Debussy: Gigues, from Images
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Thomas Ades: ...but all shall be well

Listen Saturday July 14 at 8 p.m.

Esther Boston

The Indianapolis Quartet visits VPR's Stetson Studio One to perform Debussy's String Quartet in G minor in advance of their appearance at the Taconic Music Festival on Saturday.

Listen Thursday July 12 at 11 a.m.

Hear the full performance in Soundcloud.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Holst: Ostinato from St. Paul's Suite  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday July 11 at 8 p.m.

Andrew Eccles / www.reneefleming.com

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Renee Fleming, soprano

Ives: The Unanswered Question
R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Sunday July 8 at 1 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

VPR Classical's Kari Anderson speaks with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's Executive Director Ben Cadwalleder about the VSO's Summer Festival Tour, which runs through July 8.

Listen Wednesday July 4 at 8 p.m.

Terry Linke / www.riccardomuti.com

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Tchaikovsky; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Listen Saturday June 30 at 8 p.m.

Ana Cuba / www.nicomuhly.com

Los Angeles Philharmonic
James Conlon, conductor
James McVinnie, organ

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Nico Muhly: Register, for Organ and Orchestra
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition
Debussy La Mer

Listen Friday June 29 at 8 p.m.


New York Philharmonic
Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano; Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
All Dvorak:
Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33
Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 From the New World
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Listen Thursday June 28 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 Unfinished
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 Rhenish

Listen Wednesday June 27 at 8 p.m.

Timeline: Elements

Jun 23, 2018
Emily Alfin Johnson/James Stewart / VPR

From VPR Classical comes a four-part educational series of podcasts based on the elements of antiquity: FIRE, WATER, EARTH and AIR.

Created by Emily Alfin Johnson and James Stewart

In our final episode of Timeline: Elements, host James Stewart explores the history and cultural significance of the element air.

Emily Alfin Johnson/James Stewart / VPR

Our third episode of Timeline: Elements focuses on our home, the ground beneath our feet: Earth.

Created by Emily Alfin Johnson and James Stewart

Our series, Timeline: Elementscontinues as we explore the source of life: water.

Emily Alfin Johnson/James Stewart

Join host James Stewart for the first part of a new series, Timeline: Elementsexploring the elements of antiquity: fire, water, earth and air. 

Marco Borggreve

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Rafal Blechacz, piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Sibelius: Kullervo's Youth

Listen Friday June 22 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture  (Raymond Leppard, conductor)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D, Op. 60  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)

Listen Wednesday June 20 at 8 p.m.

Christian Steiner

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Carter Brey, cello (N.Y.P. Principal)

Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Bach: Suites for Solo Cello Nos. 1 & 2

Listen Thursday June 14 at 8 p.m.