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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.
VPR Classical Hosts Kari Anderson and Walter Parker share locally-hosted music Monday - Saturday.
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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

Click here for a printable version of our holiday program schedule.

Thursday, Dec. 18

9 p.m. on VPR: Hanukkah Lights

Christmas In Opera

Dec 19, 2014

We present music - some well-known, some not so well-known - from operas that take place on Christmas Eve. Composers include Barber, Leoncavallo, Puccini, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Listen Saturday, December 20 at 12 noon.

Herb Swanson

Seraphic Fire is a vocal ensemble based in Florida, but drawing its singers from around the country.  Directed by Patrick Dupre Quigley, they performed VPR's holiday concert at North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury in early December. 

Broadcast on VPR Classical Sunday December 21 at noon and Christmas Day at 3 p.m.
Broadcast on VPR Christmas Eve at 7 p.m.

From the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's opening concert of its 80th anniversary season in October, 2014:
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Jorge Martin: Fiesta Fanfare (world premiere)
Faure: Pavane
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

From the VSO's 2010 Made in Vermont Music Festival:
Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise (Shelagh Abate, French horn)

Broadcast Wednesday December17 at 8 p.m.
 

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With the holiday season approaching, there will be a variety of performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratorio.

If you know of a Messiah performance or sing-along not listed here, please let us know by contacting us here.'

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

The new director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, will NOT be able to join Walter Parker on VPR Classical Friday morning.  He has prepared the Chorus for the VSO's Holiday Pops concerts this weekend in Barre, Burlington and Rutland.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551  Jupiter
Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1  (Joseph Kalichstein, piano)

Broadcast Wednesday December 10 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)

Broadcast Wednesday December 3 at 8 p.m.

Courtesty of the Halladay Family

Anna Halladay is an 8th grader at Edmunds Middle School, and December's Student Composer Showcase. As a cellist, Anna pays special attention to the bass line of her works. Listen for a conversation with Anna, and hear her String Quartet.

Broadcast Monday 12/1 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 12/3 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 12/5 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 12/6 at 9 a.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Hamlet
Brett Dean: Dramatis Personae (Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet)
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Broadcast Sunday November 30 at 1 p.m.

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