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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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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.

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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.
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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.


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.