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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 only opera we know of that contains no singing - and has an instrumental ensemble of only 7 instruments - is Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat.

Listen Saturday, April 11 at 12 noon.

An Operatic Easter

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In celebration of Easter weekend, we hear the Good Friday music from Act III of Wagner's Parsifal and excerpts from Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, which takes place on Easter Sunday.

Listen Saturday, April 4 at 12 noon.

These days we hear Messiah most often in December, but it was first performed in the period before Easter.  This VSO collaboration with Blanche Moyse, founder of the Brattleboro Music Center, dates from 1992 when she was 83.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Blanche Moyse, conductor
Blanche Moyse Chorale; Martha Elliot, soprano; Mary Westbrook-Geha, mezzo-soprano; Robert Breault, tenor; David Ripley, bass

Handel: Messiah (selections from Parts One and Two)

Broadcast Wednesday April 1 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

It's early spring, and you can hear Stravinsky's iconic Rite of Spring performed by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra tonight at 8 p.m. on VPR Classical. From the VSO's December Masterworks concert, the program also includes a Suite from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Broadcast Wednesday March 25 at 8 p.m.


Mar 23, 2015

As a prelude to the Met broadcast of Lucia di Lammermoor, we invite you to test your knowledge of Donizetti operas. We'll play an hour's worth of delicious excerpts - but we'll identify them only after they're played.

Listen Saturday, March 28 at 12 noon.

Modest Mussorgsky

Mar 20, 2015

We celebrate the March 21, 1839 Birthday of Modest Mussorgsky by listening to intense, evocative music from his operas  Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina.

Listen Saturday, March 21 at 12 noon.

LP Classics

Pianists Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov return to the VPR Performance Studio to preview their program of solo and duo music by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Czerny which they'll give at Chander Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Broadcast Friday March 20 at 11 a.m.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Haydn: Symphony No. 68 in B-flat  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Broadcast Wednesday March 18 at 8 p.m.

Contemporary opera stars Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato are heard in seldom performed bel canto repertory.

Listen Saturday, March 14 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48

Broadcast Wednesday March 11 at 8 p.m.