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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.

VPR Classical Hosts Kari Anderson and Walter Parker share locally-hosted music Monday - Saturday.
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Catalyst Quartet Live

Oct 20, 2014

The Catalyst Quartet forms the core of the Sphinx Virtuosi, "18 of the nation's top Black and Latino classical soloists."  Each fall these alumni of the Sphinx Competition get together to further the Sphinx Organization's mission to bring diversity and new audiences to classical music. 

As the Vermont Symphony Orchestra begins its 80th season, the VSO comes to VPR Classical. Listen Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. for recent and archival performances by the VSO in-concert, under the direction of music director Jaime Laredo, principal guest conductor Anthony Princiotti, and others.

Broadcast Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning October 22.

Chinese-American pianist Tien Hsieh visits the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview of her Lane Series recital featuring music composed by, or transcribed by, Franz Liszt.

Broadcast Friday October 17 at 11 a.m.

Vermont Virtuosi's artistic director Laurel Ann Maurer has gathered an ensemble of seven flutists to perform music of Mozart, Bach, Handel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Vermont composer David Gunn in Brandon, Montpelier and Burlington. They visit the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Broadcast Friday October 10 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

I Lombardi

Oct 8, 2014

In celebration of Verdi's October 10th birthday, we sample music from his opera I Lombardi.

Listen Saturday, October 11 at 12 noon.

October's Student Composer Showcase is Dummerston's Molly Durling, a 9th grader at Brattleboro Union High School. Molly has a life-long passion for Northern traditional music, from contra dances to fiddle music of Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Norway. Grand Jig is a tribute to her ancestors, "...who came from different countries, played different instruments and remembered the old songs."

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's new season of radio broadcasts begins next week.  This week, a special broadcast of Carnegie Hall's season opening concert:

The Berlin Philharmonic
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26  (Anne-Sofie Mutter, violin)
Stravinsky: closing scenes from The Firebird

Broadcast Sunday October 5 at 1 p.m.

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Singers
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Janine Jansen, violin; Elizabeth Watts, soprano; John Daszak, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone

The Opera Company of Middlebury presents 2 staged concert performances of Verdi's La Traviata this weekend.  We'll get a live preview on Thursday morning when members of the company, including artistic director Douglas Anderson and music director Emmanuel Plasson, visit the VPR Performance Studio.

Broadcast Thursday October 2 at 11 a.m.

You can enjoy New York's Metropolitan Opera without leaving New England!

View the 2014/2015 Metropolitan Opera broadcast schedule here. There are six venues throughout our listening area that present the live opera in HD broadcast:

The Paramount Theater, Rutland, VT

The Hopkins Center For the Arts, Hanover, NH

The Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT