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VPR Classical
6:07 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Four Cups: a Celebration of Passover

Violinist Itzhak Perlman hosts this special holiday program.

Listen Monday April 14 at 3 p.m.

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A Passion for Opera
4:36 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Carl Maria von Weber

We hear three overtures and three dramatic soprano arias from three operas by Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz, Oberon, and Euryanthe.

Broadcast Saturday, April 12 at 12 p.m.

Saturday Matinee
4:26 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Andrea Chénier

Marcelo Álvarez as the title role of Giordano's "Andrea Cheniér."
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giordano's Andrea Chénier.

Patricia Racette sings the role of Maddalena, with Marcelo Álvarez (Andrea Chénier), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard)

Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

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Broadcast Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

Cleveland Orchestra
2:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Jonathan Biss Plays Beethoven

Jonathan Biss
photo: Benjamin Ealovega

A new series of broadcast concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra begins this evening.  Guest conductor Leon Fleisher leads a program including Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, played by Jonathan Biss.

Listen Wednesday April 9 at 8 p.m.

Live Performances
10:39 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Heath Quartet Live

photo: Sussie Ahlburg

The Heath Quartet from Great Britain is in Vermont to perform quartets of Beethoven, Bartok and Mendelssohn Sunday, April 6, at Marlboro College and Wednesday, April 9, at Middlebury College.  They stop by the VPR Performance Studio for a visit.

Broadcast Wednesday April 9 at 11 a.m.

Saturday Matinee
12:19 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

La Bohème

Anita Hartig in her Met debut as Mimì and Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo in Puccini's "La Bohème" on March 19, 2014.
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday Matinee presents the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini's La Bohème.

Anita Hartig sings the role of  Mimì, with Susanna Phillips (Musetta), Vittorio Grigolo (Rodolfo), Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello), Patrick Carfizzi (Schaunard), Oren Gradus (Colline), Donald Maxwell (Benoit/Alcindoro)

Stefano Ranzan conducts.

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

VPR Classical
8:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Student Composer Showcase: Johna Saltsman

April's Student Composer Johna Saltsman in rehearsal.
Sandi MacLeod

April’s Student Composer Showcase is Johna Saltsman, a senior at North Country Union High School in Newport, Vermont. Johna has had a musical upbringing, and has been performing almost all her life. Her work Jazzy Quintet went on tour with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program.

Listen: Monday at 11:30 am, Wednesday at 8:30 am, Friday at 4:00 pm, and Saturday at 9:00 am

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A Passion for Opera
4:04 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Les Troyens

We return to our analysis of Hector Berlioz's masterpiece Les Troyens - The Trojans.

Listen Saturday, April 5 at 12 noon.

VPR Classical
1:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Poetry and Music with the VCME

Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt's New Book, which she will read from in concerts.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2013

This weekend the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble celebrates their 4th annual concert pairing poetry and music. Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt will read her work alongside compositions inspired by them, from Vermont composers Andrew Massey, Fusun Koksal, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Tom Cleary, and Michael Close. Kari Anderson spoke with the VCME's Steve Klimowski about the collaboration.

Listen Thursday morning at 8:30.

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VPR Classical
10:01 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Taking Apart an Old Piano, Piece by Piece

Piano Strings
Kari Anderson VPR

This Saturday the Vermont Music Teacher's Association and the Vermont Guild of Piano Technicians are putting on a "Piano Deconstruction", taking apart an old piano to demonstrate how it all works. Lisa Goodrich, a pianist, teacher, VMTA member and donor of the piano came in to the studio to tell us how it all started, and what to expect this weekend.

Listen Thursday at 12:30 and Friday at 8:30.

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