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Troy's Jacob Dennison is the featured young musician for VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase.

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In the second half of the 20th century, technology evolved at an ever-increasing pace. The ability to capture a performance and manipulate recorded sound allowed musicians, artists and composers a freedom that they had never experienced before. It all started with the advent and adoption of magnetic tape.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Wednesday March 1 at 8 p.m.

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As a composer, Aaron Copland desired to be as American in his music as Mussorgsky and Stravinsky were Russian. He was always interested in expressing his Inscape, the true emotions happening within him. His writings, music and instruction helped bring the rigor of the European tradition to American music and influenced a generation of composers.

Daniel-François Auber was once an immensely popular composer. We sample music from his opera Le domino noir.

Listen Saturday, March 4 at 12 noon.

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VPR's Reuben Jackson returns to VPR Classical for a pre-Oscars celebration of the best in film scores. Music for films by Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, David Amram, Stan Getz, and many more.

Broadcast Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m.

La scala di seta

Feb 21, 2017

We hear excerpts from La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder), a one-act comic opera by the 20 year old Gioachino Rossini.

Listen Saturday, February 25 at 12 noon.

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VPR Classical celebrates Black History Month with African American Voices, a series of 3-minute vignettes on the contributions of African American classical musicians. 

Listen all this week at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

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His life embodied the American dream. Starting from nothing, he used his talents and musical intuition to build a fortune and an international reputation. George Gershwin’s music touched a diverse array of audiences and forms, from popular song to concerti to opera. In his short life he helped shape the future of American music.

Treemonisha

Feb 16, 2017

In celebration of Black History Month, we hear excerpts from Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha. And we honor the life of tenor Nicolai Gedda, who died last month at the age of 91.

Listen Saturday, February 18 at 12 noon.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Andre Watts, piano

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Emperor

Listen Wednesday February 15 at 8 p.m.

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The modern American musical is usually associated with the “triple threat”, singing, dancing and acting. It is also the culmination of costume and set design utilizing resources and technology that would make Wagner jealous. The line that connects operas to musicals is a complicated one, influenced by shifting cultural tastes, commercial enterprise and a wide ocean.

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It's easy to get backlogged on your resolutions, even this early in the year. Cellist Ben Kulp is getting his out of the way early, with a concert of works for solo cello that he has "meant to play for a long time." Ben shared what was behind programming each of these works, and his tips for getting your musical resolutions taken care of.

February operatic premieres include Verdi's I Lombardi, Handel's Serse and Rodelinda, and Massenet's Werther. We'll hear excerpts from these operas.

Listen Saturday, February 11 at 12 noon.

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Emily Sinnott is a senior at Harwood Union High School, and is this month's pick for the Student Composer Showcase.

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Aaron Copland, Jean Franciax, Elliot Carter, Philipp Glass and Quincy Jones; what do all of these musicians have in common? They were all students of Nadia Boulanger. Nadia was a composer, conductor and teacher. For seven decades, out of her family’s flat in Paris, she taught some of the most influential composers of the 20th century.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Albert Brouwer, flute
C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor

Raymond Leppard, conductor
Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

Listen Wednesday February 10 at 8 p.m.

We hear selections from three operas that had their premieres during the first week of February: Charpentier's Louise, Rossini's Semiramide, and Verdi's Otello.

Listen Saturday, February 4 at 12 noon.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Sibelius: Suite Mignonne
Jennifer Jolley: The Ferry Crossing  (world premier commission)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Listen Wednesday February 1 at 8 p.m.
 

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Ralph Vaughan Williams spent 60 years in the public eye as a composer, conductor, professor and writer. His work set off a renaissance of English music in the 20th century.

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