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Don Pasquale

Dec 28, 2016

We hear excerpts from Donizetti's comic masterpiece Don Pasquale, with Fernando Corena in the title role.

Listen Saturday, December 31 at 12 noon.

photo: Kathy Chapman

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano

Delius: Irmelin Prelude
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83

Listen Wednesday December 28 at 8 p.m.

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German composer, Paul Hindemith was a central figure in music and music theory in the 20th century, especially in the period between the wars. His music, teaching methods and theoretical treatises influenced a generation of composers.

2016 Holiday Programs On VPR And VPR Classical

Dec 22, 2016
Amanda Shepard

This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

Holiday Music

Dec 20, 2016

We present music appropriate to Christmas, including Wagner's Siegfried-Idyll and excerpts from Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hänsel und Gretel, and Puccini's La bohème.

Listen Saturday, December 24 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

This collaboration between the VSO and Blanche Moyse dates from 1992, when she was 83.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Blanche Moyse, conductor
Blanche Moyse Chorale; Martha Elliot, soprano; Mary Westbrook-Geha, mezzo-soprano; Robert Breault, tenor; David Ripley, bass

Handel: Messiah (selections from Parts 1 and 2)

Listen Wednesday December 21 at 8 p.m.

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In previous centuries there were prevailing styles and forms of music. The Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras have their own set of conventions that composers followed. But the 20th century saw fragmentation as composers reacted and counter-reacted to the artistic expressions around them. Neoclassism is an example of such a reaction.

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'Tis the season for Handel's Messiah! Nearly 275 years after it was first performed, Messiah has become a holiday season staple. Check out our list of performances and sing-alongs planned for the next few weeks and share with us any we might have missed.

Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto is believed to be the only opera ever encored in its entirety on its first performance. We hear excerpts from two fine recordings.

Listen Saturday, December 17 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55 Eroica  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday December 14 at 8 p.m.

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Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is an excellent example of the Russian composer’s style; modernist harmonic expression with accessible melodies and familiar forms. His life though, was far from a fairytale and chronicles the volatile changes in Russia and the world in the first half of the 20th century.

Puccini joined the 20th century musically with La fanciulla del West in 1910. We present an introduction to this opera with excerpts performed by such singers as Placido Domingo, Carol Neblett, Dennis O'Neill, and Eva Marton.

Listen Saturday, December 10 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551  Jupiter
Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

Listen Wednesday December 7 at 8 p.m.

Courtesy of Music-COMP

The Student Composer Showcase for December is Izzy Serebrov.

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June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, a Yugoslav nationalist. This incident quickly escalated into one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. The Great War, or World War I, saw the rise of revolutions and the death of 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians. The philosophy, technology and geography of the world were forever altered. The world of music was also affected as composers served in battle and sought to express their patriotism and also the true human cost of the conflict.

We present a recital by soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Marcelo Álvarez, who star in Saturday's Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Puccini's Manon Lescaut.

Listen Saturday, December 3 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

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

Listen Wednesday November 30 at 8 p.m.

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In music, there have been defining moments that change the world. A single piece, even a single performance, sends shock waves through the entire art form and suddenly things are never the same. The 1913 premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was one such moment.


Nov 22, 2016

Giving thanks this holiday weekend for the collaboration between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, we hear excerpts from Iolanthe, possibly the best of them all.

Listen Saturday, November 26 at 12 noon.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture  (Raymond Leppard, conductor)
Berlioz: Harold in Italy  (Michael Tree, viola; Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday November 23 at 8 p.m.