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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, violin and conductor

Pierre Jalbert: Autumn Rhapsody
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Listen Wednesday November 22 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

James: You’re hearing recording artist Bobby McFerrin at the 2009 World Science Festival. I asked a couple of my colleges at Vermont Public Radio to watch a video of Bobby leading the crowd in a musical, communal social experiment and give us their reactions.

From Tanglewood 2017:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus Overture
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Listen Sunday November 19 at 1 p.m.

Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

Part 8 of a 10-week Mahler cycle:
Lorin Maazel's final concert as director of the New York Philharmonic in June of 2009.
Christine Brewer, Nancy Gustafson, Jeanine De Bique, sopranos; Mary Phillips, Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-sopranos; Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor; Jason Grant, bass-baritone; Wolfgang Schone, bass; New York Choral Artists; Dessoff Symphonic Choir; Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 Symphony of a Thousand
Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (Kurt Masur, conductor)

Listen Thursday November 16 at 8 p.m.

Glenn Moody Studios

Robert De Cormier died last week at age 95.  He founded the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus in 1993 and led it for 20 years.  This week, music from a concert he conducted in 2012.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Jonita Lattimore, soprano; Susan Platts, alto; Richard Clement, tenor; Kevin Deas, bass
Faure: Requiem
Mozart: Requiem (selections)

Listen Wednesday November 15 at 8 p.m.

Timeline: Bone Flutes

Nov 13, 2017
U.S. Public Domain

Music lies close to the foundation of our common humanity. Let me explain what I mean.

Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

New York Philharmonic
Rafael Kubelik, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Listen Thursday November 9 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor Unfinished
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 97 Rhenish

Listen Wednesday November 8 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

We start with a recording I made almost 13 years ago of my oldest son, Jeremiah. He’s a teenager now, runs track, plays cello and already sings lower than his dad. Like most parents, I remember spending hours holding Jeremiah as an infant; marveling at his little hands and feet and watching him begin to take in the world around him. I laughed as he discovered his own fingers, smiled as he began to recognize faces and listened intently as he began to make and mimic sound. I listened to his coos and cries, his moans and gurgles, waiting to hear his first words. There was a sense of pride that I felt when he said, “Dada” in the tiny, thin baby voice.

The King's Singers

Nov 1, 2017
Marco Borggreve

The King's Singers' 50th Anniversary Tour starts at Middlebury College on Friday.  Two members of the group stop by VPR Classical to visit with Walter Parker and share selections from their new album, Gold.

Listen Friday November 3 at 11 a.m.

Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

Part 6 of a 10-week Mahler cycle:
New York Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini  (Kirill Gerstein, piano)
Bernstein: Candide Overture  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)

Listen Thursday November 2 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

Let’s start from the beginning… Where does music come from? I believe that music is at the heart of everything. It is the language of a vibrating, living cosmos. And this isn’t exaggeration; this is the basis of a current theory about what truly makes up the universe.

Christian Steiner

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor  (Albert Brouwer, flute; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello  (Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello; Raymond Leppard, conductor)

Listen Wednesday November 1 at 8 p.m.

Moritz Nahr photo of Mahler from 1907

Part 5 of 10-week Mahler cycle:
New York Philharmonic

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder  (Thomas Hampson, baritone; Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Mahler: Symphony No. 5  (Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6  (Zubin Mehta, conductor)

Listen Thursday October 26 at 8 p.m.

Heath Quartet Live

Oct 23, 2017
Simon Way / Colbert Artists Management

Great Britain's Heath Quartet visits Studio One for a live performance preview of their concert at Middlebury College.  Music will be by Haydn, Tippett, Bach and Mendelssohn.

Listen Thursday October 26 at 11 a.m.

Tina Gutierrez / www.jenniferjolley.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

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

Listen Wednesday October 25 at 8 p.m.

Moritz Nahr photo from 1907

Part 4 of the New York Philharmonic's Mahler cycle:

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn ('Youth's Magic Horn')  (Christa Ludwig, mezzo-soprano; Walter Berry, baritone; Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Mahler: Symphony No. 4  (Irmgard Seefried, soprano; Georg Solti, conductor)

Listen Thursday October 19 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Erik Nielsen: Fanfare in B-flat
Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 Paris
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 38 Spring

Listen Wednesday October 18 at 8 p.m.

Brigham Cooper (left) and Ellery Stahler (right) are October's featured musicians for VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase.
Courtesy of Music-COMP

VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase celebrates the work of young Vermont composers. This October, we'll hear from a pair of student musicians in Southern Vermont.

Moritz Nahr photo from 1907

Part 3 of 10-week Mahler Festival:
New York Philharmonic
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Yvonne Minton, mezzo-soprano; Camerata Singers

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Listen Thursday October 12 at 8 p.m.