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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.

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VPR Classical hosts, clockwise from the top left: Kari Anderson, Walter Parker, Linda Radtke and James Stewart.

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Terry Linke / www.riccardomuti.com

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.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Weber: Oberon Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Elgar: Enigma Variations  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday December 27 at 8 p.m.

King's College, Cambridge

The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, England.  The King's College Choir sings and lessons are read by the community.

Listen Sunday December 24 at 10 a.m.

A Broadway Holiday

Dec 18, 2017
Credit Chet_W / iStock

Join host James Stewart as we sample some of the greatest holiday music that Broadway has to offer. Hear classic tunes sung by some of the most iconic voices of all time (Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland) and discover some new favorites as well.

Listen Saturday December 23 at 6 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Get a sneak peak at the playlist here

A Broadway Holiday

Jennifer Girard / Chicago a cappella

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts.

Broadcast Saturday, December 16th at 12 p.m.

Holiday Pops!

Dec 15, 2017
Boston Pops

Boston Pops Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Holiday favorites, including the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.

Listen Sunday December 17 at 1 p.m.

Courtesy of the Wick family

VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase celebrates the work of young Vermont composers. This December we'll meet Alex Wick, a Burlington 9th grader whose musical tastes and inspiration spans hip-hop, jazz, classical, and more.

Handel's 'Messiah'

Dec 13, 2017

New York Philharmonic
Ton Koopman, conductor
Sunhae Im, soprano; Andreas Scholl, countertenor; Jorg Durmuller, tenor; Detlef Roth, baritone; Westminster Symphonic Choir

Handel: Messiah

Listen Thursday December 14 at 8 p.m.

Christian Steiner

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

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

Listen Wednesday December 13 at 8 p.m.

Timeline: Soundwaves

Dec 11, 2017
U.S. Public Domain

Picture yourself at the beach watching the waves rise and break over the sand. You can see the water gather and rise as each waves comes in. Once a wave breaks the water level drops again. You watch the peaks and valleys rolls onto the beach. These waves transfer huge amounts of energy from one place to another traveling through the water and displacing it. We call this a mechanical wave because it needs to travel through a medium, in this case water. The number of waves that crash during a specific period of time is called the frequency.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, seen here as a child with his piano teacher Chonghyo Shin, will return to Vermont to perform in honor of Shin in Brattleboro on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Chonghyo Shin, Courtesy

This weekend, a one-time Vermonter returns to the state to perform in honor of the woman who helped launch his career as a pianist and conductor.

Cantus Live

Dec 4, 2017
Curtis Johnson

Cantus, the male a cappella vocal ensemble, performs a holiday program for the UVM Lane Series Friday evening.  Saturday morning at 10 they visit VPR's Studio One for a live broadcast performance.  Kari Anderson and Linda Radtke host.

Broadcast Saturday December 9 at 10 a.m.; encore broadcasts Friday December 22 at 10 p.m. and Monday December 25 at 6 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

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

Listen Wednesday December 6 at 8 p.m.

mattabbe / iStock

Why do humans sing? Why do we make music at all?

Scrag Mountain Music

Scrag Mountain Music visits VPR's Studio One for a live preview of their Toward the Sea concerts this weekend in Montpelier, Northfield and Warren.  Co-artistic directors Mary Bonhag, soprano, and Evan Premo, double bass, will be joined by harpist Melanie Genin and flutist Catherine Gregory.

Listen Friday December 1 at 11 a.m.

A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
IgorGeiger / iStockphoto.com

The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Listen Wednesday November 29 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

The desire to preserve music for future generations led to the development of Western notation; the lines and staves that we associate with written music today. However, there are many other forms of musical notation that were developed over the centuries by cultures around the globe.

Decca/Andrew Eccles

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Francois-Xavier Roth, conductor
Renee Fleming, soprano

Debussy: Jeux
Dutilleux: Le Temps l'horloge
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (Boston Symphony Chamber Players)
Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne selections
Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Listen Sunday November 26 at 1 p.m.


Mahler's Ninth

Nov 22, 2017
Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

Part 9 of a 10-week Mahler cycle:
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Thomas Ades: Polaris

Listen Thursday November 23 at 8 p.m.