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VPR Classical
4:40 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Capital City Concert's Maids in Vermont

Flutist Karen Kevra, Artistic Director of Capital City Concerts

On Saturday, April 26, Capital City Concerts in Montpelier presents Maids in Vermont, five Vermont women playing music of Martinu, Francaix and others.  Following the concert at Unitarian Church, VPR Classical will host a reception celebrating our new Montpelier station at 99.5 FM.  Come to the concert, stay for the reception and meet the musicians and VPR Classical hosts Kari Anderson and Walter Parker.

Saturday Matinee
4:28 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Così fan tutte

sabel Leonard as Dorabella and Susanna Phillips as Fiordiligi in Mozart's "Così fan tutte."
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the new Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

James Levine is back on the podium at the Met to conduct for the first time since leading Wagner’s “Walküre” in 2011. 

Susanna Phillips sings the role of Fiordiligi, with Isabel Leonard (Dorabella), Danielle de Niese (Despina), Matthew Polenzani (Ferrando), Rodion Pogossov (Guglielmo), Maurizio Muraro (Don Alfonso).

Broadcast Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.

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Musical Conversations
4:51 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Edwin Lawrence

This weekend Edwin Lawrence conducts his final concerts as director of the Bennington County Choral Society, which he has led for 38 years.  The program includes masses by Schubert and Ariel Ramirez, plus Psalm Cycle by Lawrence, himself.  He recently spoke with Walter Parker.

Listen Thursday April 24 at 11 a.m.

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A Passion for Opera
5:58 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Famous Singers in Rare Recordings

We present a program of famous singers in rare and unusual recordings - plus our April "Mystery Voice" Quiz.

Listen Saturday, April 26 at 12:00 p.m.

A Passion for Opera
2:50 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Iphigénie en Aulide

Peter Fox Smith offers an introduction to Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide, first performed on April 19, 1774.

Listen Saturday, April 19 at 12 noon.

Saturday Matinee
1:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014


Malin Byström as the title character of Strauss’s “Arabella.”
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Strauss' Arabella.

Malin Byström sings the role of Arabella , with Genia Kühmeier (Zdenka), Roberto Saccà (Matteo), Michael Volle (Mandryka), Martin Winkler (Waldner)

Philippe Auguin conducts. Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.

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VPR Classical
6:07 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Four Cups: a Celebration of Passover

Violinist Itzhak Perlman hosts this special holiday program.

Listen Monday April 14 at 3 p.m.

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A Passion for Opera
4:36 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Carl Maria von Weber

We hear three overtures and three dramatic soprano arias from three operas by Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz, Oberon, and Euryanthe.

Broadcast Saturday, April 12 at 12 p.m.

Saturday Matinee
4:26 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Andrea Chénier

Marcelo Álvarez as the title role of Giordano's "Andrea Cheniér."
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giordano's Andrea Chénier.

Patricia Racette sings the role of Maddalena, with Marcelo Álvarez (Andrea Chénier), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard)

Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

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Broadcast Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra
2:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Jonathan Biss Plays Beethoven

Jonathan Biss
photo: Benjamin Ealovega

A new series of broadcast concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra begins this evening.  Guest conductor Leon Fleisher leads a program including Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, played by Jonathan Biss.

Listen Wednesday April 9 at 8 p.m.