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Steven J. Sherman

The Copland House is celebrating the Leonard Bernstein Centennial with 'Late Night with Leonard Bernstein,' a multi-media cabaret featuring soprano Amy Burton, pianists Michael Boriskin and John Musto, and narration by Bernstein's daughter Jamie.  We'll get a live preview of their Lane Series performance Friday evening.

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VPR Classical’s Student Composer Showcase highlights the work of emerging composers across the region. Isabelle Greenewalt is a 6th grader from Putney, listen as she discusses her piece Thunder and Lightning.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Alison Wahl, soprano; Women of the CSO Chorus

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Liszt: Dante Symphony

Listen Saturday March 17 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Dvorak: Romance for Violin in F minor, Op. 11
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Listen Wednesday March 14 at 8 p.m.


NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts feature your favorite musicians from all genres. Each year, NPR hosts a contest for unsigned musicians who want a shot at taping their own Tiny Desk Concert. Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest now!

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Kodaly: Dances of Galanta  (Kate Tamarkin, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 Little Russian  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Listen Wednesday March 7 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Dvorak: Serenade for Winds, Op. 44
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48

Listen Wednesday February 28 at 8 p.m.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Sibelius: Valse Triste
Honegger: Pastorale d'ete
Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C, Op. 56

Listen Wednesday February 21 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Mozart: Divertimento in D, K. 251
Bizet: Symphony in C
Borodin (arr. Princiotti): Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2

Listen Wednesday February 7 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Dvorak: The Noon Witch
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100

Listen Wednesday January 31 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

When I was in middle school my class put together a time capsule and I remember caring so much that music be included that I put together a mixed tape, with popular songs recorded haphazardly off the radio.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

Mozart: Impressario Overture
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

Listen Wednesday January 24 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

On Timeline we’ve asked a lot of questions; what is music? How was music created? Why is music written? Here’s another interesting question I’d love for us to ponder, where is music?


Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Christiane Karg, soprano; Michael Nagy, baritone

Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Brahms: A German Requiem
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music  (Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 20 at 8 p.m.

Capital City Concerts' director Karen Kevra, flute, and Jeffrey Chappell, piano, visit VPR's Studio One for a live performance preview of their French Connection concerts this weekend in Brattleboro and Montpelier.

Listen Thursday January 18 at 11 a.m.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano; Jennifer Montone, horn

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat

Listen Wednesday January 17 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)

Listen Wednesday January 10 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

It was her first piano lesson with me, but she wasn’t new to the instrument. She had learned from YouTube tutorials and her own explorations to play some of her favorite songs. After a good first lesson her mother came over and said, “She is very talented”. I smiled and agreed. Then her mother said, “It’s surprising to me because I’m not musical at all.”

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Schubert: Death and the Maiden Quartet, arranged for full symphony orchestra by Andy Stein

Listen Wednesday January 3 at 8 p.m.

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Riccardo Muti conducts the annual New Year's Day concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, featuring music of the Strauss family.

Listen Monday January 1 at 11 a.m.