VPR Classical

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.

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

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Lisa-Marie Mazzucco / www.simonedinnerstein.com

An encore broadcast of pianist Simone Dinnerstein's recent live performance on VPR Classical of Etudes by Philip Glass and Impromptus of Franz Schubert, the first live broadcast from VPR's new Studio One and the inauguration of VPR's new Steinway D concert grand piano.

Listen Tuesday January 31 at 6 p.m.


Jan 24, 2017

We honor Mozart's January 27th Birthday with a program of excerpts from some of his early operas - plus a remembrance of American coloratura soprano Roberta Peters, who died recently.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Dvorak: The Noon Witch
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100

Listen Wednesday January 25 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich saw himself a Soviet man first and a composer second. He felt that it was his duty to compose music for his countrymen that reflected the heart of the Soviet ideal. He left behind 15 symphonies and 15 string quartets that stand as some of the most influential works of the 20th century.

Simone Dinnerstein
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

World-renowned pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs on the new VPR Steinway concert grand piano, recorded live in VPR’s Studio One in Colchester.

We concentrate on Act III of Tosca, and we consider the kinship of Puccini's three major soprano roles, Mimì, Tosca, and Butterfly.

Listen Saturday, January 21 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun  (Albert Brouwer, flute)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade  (Katherine Winterstein, violin)

Listen Wednesday January 18 at 8 p.m.

VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase highlights the work of talented young composers throughout the region. This month, we're going behind the music, to learn about the mentoring relationships that help this music come to life.

U.S. Public Domain

As World War II began to rage across Europe and the Pacific, communication technology had spread to most of the world. Radio and recording allowed a unified soundtrack of the conflict shared across continents and oceans. Both sides of the war began to practice the art of propaganda in an effort to inspire their people or demoralize their enemies. Music played an important role in this effort to control the hearts of the populace as each country strove to find their musical voice during the war.


Jan 11, 2017

We hear excerpts from one of the most popular of all operas, Puccini's Tosca, with such singers as Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Tito Gobbi, and Ruggero Raimondi.

Listen Saturday, January 14 at 12 noon.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco / www.bellahristova.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Dvorak: Romance for Violin in F minor, Op. 11
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Listen Wednesday January 11 at 8 p.m.

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When he heard harmony, he saw color. Olivier Messiaen was not just a visionary composer; he was an organist, an ornithologist and a professor of world-wide acclaim. He was influenced by Ancient Greek theory, Hindu and Japanese culture, his own Roman Catholic faith and the songs of his feathered friends. His music stands as a pillar of the avant-garde in the 20th century.


Jan 3, 2017

Excerpts from Handel's opera seria, Ariodante serves as an introduction to Handelian opera. Dame Janet Baker sings the title role.

Listen Saturday, January 7 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (from Anthony Princiotti's last concert as VSO Principal Guest Conductor)
Weber: Oberon Overture, and
Elgar: Enigma Variations  (from this season's opening concert, led by Music Director Jaime Laredo)

Listen Wednesday January 4 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

Today, music is everywhere. Invisible signals fly through the air carrying every possible genre and style that a person could ever want. We can access them from our homes, cars and phones enjoying content from around the world. In the 19th century this type of technology was just a dream in the minds of scientists and inventors, but the 20th century saw an explosion of communication and the rise of a device we call the radio.

Mark Hanauer / Gustavo Dudamel official Twitter news feed

Vienna Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

The annual program of music by the Strauss family and others, this year also featuring the Vienna Singverein Chorus.

Listen Sunday January 1 at 11 a.m.

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.

U.S. Public Domain

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.