VPR Classical

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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San Francisco Symphony
10:49 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Jonathan Biss Plays Schumann

Roberto Abbado, conductor

Schumann: Genoveva Overture, Op. 81
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54  (Jonathan Biss, piano)
Ivan Fedele: Scena
Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D
Liszt: Lamento e Trionfo from Tasso  (Michael Tilson Thomas)

Broadcast Thursday August 21 at 8 p.m.

A Passion for Opera
3:48 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Gilbert & Sullivan II

In the second of two Gilbert & Sullivan programs, we hear Act II of The Pirates of Penzance, as well as excerpts from recordings by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from the 1950s.

Listen Saturday, August 23 at 12 noon.

Live Performances
10:27 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Live

Soovin Kim's Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival begins this week with the theme Poetry in Music.  Soovin and several LCCMF musicians visit the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

Broadcast Friday August 22 at 11 a.m.

A Passion for Opera
3:30 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Gilbert & Sullivan I

In the first of two Gilbert & Sullivan programs, we hear music from Act I of Ruddigore in a 1962 recording conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.

Listen Saturday, August 16 at 12 noon.

Live Performances
11:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Central VT Chamber Music Festival Live

The CVCMF with Walter Parker at VPR in 2010

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival gets underway this weekend with a program of Tartini, Rachmaninoff and Smetana in Randolph and Woodstock.  The CVCMF makes its annual visit to the VPR Performance Studio Friday morning for a live preview.

Broadcast Friday August 15 at 11 a.m.

Musical Conversations
5:00 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Michael J. Colburn Live

Col. Michael J. Colburn joined the United States Marine Band in 1987. He became its 27th director in 2004.
Staff Sgt. Brian Rust U.S. Marine Band

On July 12, St. Albans native Michael J. Colburn stepped down as director of the United States Marine Band, known as The President's Own. Colburn joined the USMB in 1987 as a euphonium player, quickly becoming principal euphonium. He worked his way up through assistant director positions until he became the 27th director in 2004. He speaks with Walter Parker this morning.

Broadcast Monday, August 11 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

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A Passion for Opera
9:02 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival

We hear performances by the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, who will be in residence at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph August 14 through 24.

Listen Saturday, August 9 at 12 noon.

VPR Classical
12:30 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

The VPR Choral Hour

Vermont singer Linda Radtke will host the VPR Choral Hour on Sundays at 11 a.m.
Glenn Moody studios

VPR Classical has a new program on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. Join host and Vermont singer Linda Radtke for the VPR Choral Hour, an exploration of the range of great classical choral works, from madrigals to masses. Linda shares her passion and knowledge with our listeners, featuring a Vermont chorus on each program, as well as the rich recorded legacy of major choral works.

Listen Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

VPR Classical
7:17 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Student Composer Showcase: Alumni Edition

Composer Matt Podd
Photo by Lindsay Baker

August's Student Composer Showcase is no longer a student, but one of Music-COMP's most accomplished alums. 28-year-old Matt Podd is a graduate of North Country Union High School, and in addition to being a successful composer and arranger in New York, he now mentors students working through the same program that helped him excel. We spoke with Matt about how he has developed as a musician over the years, and what he's up to now.

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A Passion for Opera
5:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Four Rarely Heard Operas

We hear music from four seldom performed operas: Fierrabras by Franz Schubert; Le roi d'ys by Edouard Lalo; Ariane et Barbe-Bleu by Paul Dukas; and Tiefland by Eugen d'Albert.

Listen Saturday, August 2 at 12 noon.