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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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The Renaissance was a time of re-birth as science and the arts changed the face of culture. However, some old ideas persisted in the midst of this change; especially beliefs about the roles and intellectual capacity of the genders. Even though the Renaissance saw many female heads of state, it was still held as common knowledge that women were inferior to men, physically, mentally and artistically. As a result, we have very few examples of female composers during this period of music history. There is an exception though, the work of Maddalena Casulana.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Mozart: Serenata notturna, K. 239
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

Broadcast Wednesday August 5 at 8 p.m.

From The BBC Proms!

Jul 30, 2015

Friday evening at 8 SymphonyCast begins a series of concerts from this year's BBC Proms Festival.

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Singers and BBC National Chorus of Wales
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Lars Vogt, piano; Christopher Maltman, bass-baritone

Nielsen: Maskarade Overture
Gary Carpenter: Dadaville (world premiere)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast Suite
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
Haydn Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs  (Leonard Slatkin, conductor)

Courtesy of Apple Hill

New Hampshire's Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music is now in its 45th season. This year Apple Hill received the CMAcclaim Award from Chamber Music America, presented in a gala concert on Tuesday evening, July 28.

We hear excerpts from Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns, and we celebrate the artistry of the late Canadian tenor Jon Vickers.

Listen Saturday, August 1 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Broadcast Wednesday July 29 at 8 p.m.


There are individuals in music history that stand as pillars, whose life and work help us delineate the various eras of musical practice. One such individual was the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, whose work marks the boundary between the renaissance and the baroque.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano

Delius: Irmelin Prelude
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83

Broadcast Wednesday July 22 at 8 p.m.

Peter Fox Smith's special guest is Evans Haile, the new General Director of Opera North, who introduces the works that will comprise Opera North's 2015 repertory: Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, Bernstein's West Side Story, and Copland's The Tender Land.

Listen Saturday, July 25 at 12 noon.


In 1450, Johannes Gutenburg made history in Europe with his moveable type printing press. Thanks to his process and his machine, the printed word was able to spread across the Western world.