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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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Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Russell Thomas, tenor; John Relyea, bass-baritone; Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, director

Ives: The Housatonic at Stockbridge from Three Places in New England
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Listen Sunday September 3 at 1 p.m.

Kathy Chapman / CM Artists

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano

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

Listen Wednesday August 30 at 8 p.m.

We sample the artistry of ten opera singers of today, from Jonas Kaufmann to Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Barbara Bonney.

Listen Saturday, September 2 at 12 noon.

Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Listen Sunday August 27 at 1 p.m.


German Chamber Philharmonic, Bremen
Paavo Jarvi, conductor
Vilde Frang, violin; Lawrence Power, viola

Erkki-Sven Tuur: Flamma
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes  (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Listen Friday August 25 at 8 p.m.


Kathy Chapman / CM Artists

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15  (Peter Serkin, piano; Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday August 23 at 8 p.m.

Joanne Savio / Frank Solomon

The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival's 9th season is based around the theme of "lineage", exploring how compositional and performance traditions are passed on, evolve and become new again. The opening concert will be broadcast live on Sunday, August 20th at 3 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 Great C-major

Listen Sunday August 20 at 1 p.m.


Gypsies in Opera

Aug 17, 2017

Gypsies figure prominently in many operas, most famously Azucena in Il trovatore and, of course, Carmen. We'll hear excerpts from six such operas.

Listen Saturday, August 19 at 12 noon.


From the BBC Proms
BBC Philharmonic
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
David Sawyer: The Greatest Happiness Principle
Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-flat
Khachaturian: Triumphal Poem  (Fedor Glushchenko, conductor)

Listen Friday August 18 at 8 p.m.

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 August 16 at 8 p.m.

Poets in Opera

Aug 14, 2017

Poets are significant characters in a number of operas. We'll sample some, including Rodolfo in La bohème, Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger, and Andrea Chénier.

Listen Saturday, August 5 at 12 noon.

Skelly Family / Music-COMP

Each month, VPR Classical highlights the work of young composers throughout the region for the Student Composer Showcase. Matt Skelly is a recent graduate from Harwood Union High School, and begins studies in Music at Boston University this fall.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

From Tanglewood:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
David Zinman, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C

Listen Sunday August 13 at 1 p.m.


BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin

Shostakovich: October
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D
Bridge: Five Entr'actes  (Richard Hickox, conductor)

Listen Friday August 11 at 8 p.m.


The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival visits VPR's Studio One to perform Schubert's Trout Quintet, which will be on their concerts this weekend in Randolph and Woodstock.

Listen Friday August 11 at 11 a.m.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Jaime Laredo, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Listen Wednesday August 9 at 8 p.m.

We sample a wide variety of operas that feature characters who are singers by trade - from Der Schauspieldirektor to La Gioconda to Die Meistersinger.

Listen Saturday, August 12 at 12 noon.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Listen Sunday August 6 at 1 p.m.

Peter Konerko

Around the world, contemporary opera is having a “moment”, with an incredible amount new opera being composed and performed. The Vermont Opera Project was founded last year in Barre, with the mission of bringing new and rarely-performed operas to Vermont.