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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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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.

Morning Classics
2:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Why Listening to Beethoven Still Matters

Composer Erik Nielsen
Photo by Robert Eddy

Vermont composer, lecturer, mentor, and singer Erik Nielsen will give a pair of talks about Beethoven on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Manchester Music Festival. Nielsen spoke with VPR Classical's Kari Anderson about our continued fascination with Beethoven - the man, and his music.

Broadcast Wednesday July 30th, at 8:30 a.m.

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A Passion for Opera
2:39 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Opera North Preview

Peter's guests are Pamela Pantos, Executive Director of Opera North, plus four of the featured artists in Opera North's August 2014 season: Angela Mortellaro, soprano; Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor; Mark Womack, baritone; and Branch Fields, bass.

Listen Saturday, July 19 at 12 noon.

VPR Classical
11:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The AK Duo Live

The AK Duo is Julie Kang and Tomoya Aomori.
Vermont Summer Music Festival

The husband-and-wife AK Duo is here with the Vermont Summer Music Festival. Tomoya Aomori plays double bass and percussion and Julie Kang plays cello. They'll play some of their delightful arrangements in the VPR Performance Studio.

Broadcast Friday, July 18 at 11 a.m.

VPR Classical
8:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

VPR Classical's 10th Anniversary!

Vermont Public Radio

Where were you 10 years ago? Ten years ago this week, VPR Classical went on the air at 88.1 in Norwich! With the support of our listeners we have grown from one to 15 stations around the region, as well on HD radio, on your smartphone and online. Help us celebrate the milestone and post requests for your favorite pieces in the comments section.

Musical Conversations
5:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Remembering Conductor Lorin Maazel

Castleton Festival

Conductor Lorin Maazel died Sunday at age 84.  We'll feature some of his recordings Tuesday morning. Cellist Daniel Lelchuk, a native of Hanover, New Hampshire, worked with Maazel at his Castleton Festival in Virginia.  He'll offer his remembrance at 11 a.m.

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Live Performances
6:00 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Jennifer Grim & Elizabeth Metcalfe Live

flutist Jennifer Grim

The Vermont Summer Music Festival is underway. Two Festival participants join us in the VPR Performance Studio this morning: flutist Jennifer Grim and pianist Elizabeth Metcalfe. They'll play Poulenc's Sonata and other works.

Broadcast Monday July 14 at 11 a.m.

Morning Classics
3:14 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

TURNmusic

There's a new addition to the classical contemporary music scene here in Vermont: TURNmusic have their inaugural show on Wednesday evening at ArtsRiot in Burlington, which they will encore on the 18th in Waterbury. The group's founder and conductor Anne Decker stopped by with violinist Mary Rowell to talk with Kari Anderson about the new ensemble.

Find out more at TURNmusic.org

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VPR Classical
8:30 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Student Composer Showcase: Adele Woodmansee

July's Student Composer Showcase
Adele Woodmansee

Westfield native Adele Woodmansee is July's Student Composer Showcase. A recent graduate of North Country Union High School, Adele has never been one to take the easy route. She is Harvard-bound next year, after she hikes the long trail and travels in Mexico this fall.

Listen to the Student Composer Showcase Monday at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., Friday at 4 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m. Listen online now.

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VPR Classical
8:56 am
Fri July 4, 2014

La Clemenza Di Tito

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturday Matinee presents the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito.

Matthew Polenzani sings the title role, with Joyce DiDonato (Sesto), Amanda Majeski (Vitellia), Cecelia Hall (Anno), Emily Birsan (Servilia), and Christian Van Horn (Publio).

Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Read the synopsis.

Broadcast Saturday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

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