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The Crisantemi Quartet of Havana are on their first trip to the United States as a group.
Kari Anderson / VPR

The members of Havana's Crisantemi Quartet range between 19 and 22 years old, but the music they play has a much longer history. Trained at the Lyceum Mozartiano de la Habana, and the Havana Arts College, the group pairs traditional classical compositions with high-energy renditions of Cuban folk songs.

The Student Prince

Jul 25, 2017

It's the birthday of Sigmund Romberg, the Austro-Hungarian-born composer of operetta. We hear excerpts from his best-known work, The Student Prince, from a 1952 recording with Dorothy Kirsten and Robert Rounseville.

Listen Saturday, July 29 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48

Listen Wednesday July 26 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

John Williams: Markings (world premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Listen Sunday July 23 at 1 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Bernard Haitink, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Webern: Im Sommerwind ('In the summer wind')

Listen Thursday July 20 at 8 p.m.

I Masnadieri

Jul 18, 2017

I masnadieri was the first of Verdi's operas to be premiered outside of Italy. We hear excerpts from a superb recording that features Montserrat Caballé and Carlo Bergonzi.

Listen Saturday, July 22 at 12 noon.

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 July 19 at 8 p.m.

Opera North

Jul 12, 2017

Peter's special guest is Evans Haile, General Director of Opera North. They talk about the company's upcoming season and play excerpts from this year's three productions, Jacques Offenbach's La belle Hélène, Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, and Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Listen Saturday, July 15 at 12 noon.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

From Tanglewood:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Daniel Lozakovich, violin; Kristine Opolais, soprano

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3
Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Listen Sunday July 16 at 1 p.m.

Courtesy of Music-COMP

For July's Student Composer Showcase we’ll meet cellist, pianist, and composer Sophie Wood, a recent graduate of Otter Valley Union High School.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Italian

Listen Wednesday July 12 at 8 p.m.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Jul 7, 2017

Beautiful music and beautiful singing abound in these excerpts from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. The cast includes sopranos Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Rita Streich.

Listen Saturday, July 8 at 12 noon.

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival

Musicians from the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival visit VPR's Studio One to perform Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings.

Listen Thursday July 6 at 11 a.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

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

Listen Wednesday July 5 at 8 p.m.

Sisters in Opera

Jun 28, 2017

From Fiordiligi and Dorabella in Così fan tutte, to Clorinda and Tisbe in La Cenerentola, to Tatiana and Olga in Eugene Onegin, sisters play an important role in a number of operas. We hear sisters from eight operas by eight different composers.

Listen Saturday, July 1 at 12 noon.

Fred Collins / www.kalichstein-laredo-robinson-trio.com

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 June 28 at 8 p.m.
 

Acis and Galatea

Jun 20, 2017

Handel's Acis and Galatea was the most frequently performed of that composer's works during his lifetime. We hear excerpts from a recording by The English Baroque Soloists.

Listen Saturday, June 24 at 12 noon.

Heliand Consort Live

Jun 20, 2017
Paul Reynolds / www.heliandconsort.org

The Heliand Consort Wind Quintet visits Studio One for a live preview of their upcoming Sea Breezes and Summer Winds Tour, including the Wind Quintet of Paul Taffanel.

Listen Thursday June 22 at 11 a.m.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco / Kathryn King Media

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat  (Heidi Soons, harp; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Sibelius: Violin Concerto  (Soovin Kim, violin; Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday June 21 at 8 p.m.
 

Speak of the Devil

Jun 14, 2017

Two very different operas with similar plot lines are Gounod's Faust and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Peter Fox Smith leads us in this exploration.

Listen Saturday, June 17 at 12 noon.

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