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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
4:23 pm
Wed September 17, 2014


We sample dance sequences from a variety of operas, including music by Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, and Richard Strauss. And it's time for our September Mystery Voice Quiz.

Listen Saturday, September 27 at 12 noon.

A Passion for Opera
10:55 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Jussi Björling and his Family

We hear a variety of recordings, some of them rare, of Jussi Björling and his family: his brothers, his wife, his son, and his grandson.

Listen Saturday, September 13 at 12 noon.

A Passion for Opera
10:55 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Rossini Primo Finale

In anticipation of this afternoon's San Francisco Opera broadcast of The Barber of Seville, we sample a few brilliant  first act finales from Rossini operas.

Listen Saturday, September 20 at 12 noon.

VPR Classical
7:10 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Composer Beth Wiemann

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's Made in Vermont tour kicks off this weekend. They have a world-premiere on the program from Burlington native Beth Wiemann. She spoke with VPR Classical about the new work and what audiences can expect from "Before the Snow."

Broadcast Wednesday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m.

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VPR Classical
12:08 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Walter Parker's 30th Anniversary!

Walter Parker
Ben Resnik

Walter Parker's 30th anniversary at Vermont Public Radio is the first day of October, and we're celebrating! Join us for a live concert broadcast from the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, October 1st at 11:30.

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Musical Conversations
9:30 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Zon Eastes Speaks with Walter Parker

Zon Eastes, who worked for the Brattleboro Music Center for many years, has organized a very personal concert to benefit the BMC this Saturday.  He'll conduct a hand-picked chamber orchestra in some of his favorite music.  He speaks with Walter Parker about it.

Broadcast Wednesday September 10 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

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VPR Classical
9:28 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Remembering Dr. Brian Webb

For over 40 years Dr. Brian Webb was a central figure in the Vermont music community, especially in the world of choral music. He died recently in a sailing accident on Lake Champlain.

Linda Radtke has gathered musical memories of Dr. Webb from his colleagues in the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Onion River Chorus, and Christ Church Episcopal Choir. She'll share those remembrances, along with favorite pieces by Handel, Mozart, Rodrigo, and others.

Listen Friday at 3 and Sunday at 11.

A Passion for Opera
6:12 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The Flying Dutchman

Peter Fox Smith offers an introduction to Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, an opera that changed the course of operatic history.

Listen Saturday, September 6 at 12 noon.

VPR Classical
7:53 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Student Composer Showcase: Ethan Duncan

Student Composer Ethan Duncan
Sandi MacLeod

September's Student Composer Showcase is Ethan Duncan, who enters 8th grade at Williston Central School this fall. Ethan whistles while he works - literally working out his melodies with a whistle before committing them to the page.

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

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program. Find out more at music-comp.org

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Live Performances
11:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

More From The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

Artistic Director Soovin Kim and musicians from the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival visit the VPR Performance Studio for the second consecutive Friday for a preview of the final weekend of the Festival.

Broadcast Friday August 29 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.