Musical Conversations

Courtesy of Vermont Chamber Artists

Jessica Pierpont is the artistic director of the newly formed Vermont Chamber Artists, a professional choral group based in Sharon, Vermont. The group has their first-ever concerts this weekend in Sharon and Thetford.

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

Jul 19, 2016

Dennis Bathory Kitsz, a Northfield Falls composer and teacher, has written a new book that highlights the accessibility and common humanity of classical music.

Opera Company of Middlebury

The Opera Company of Middlebury will give 5 fully staged performances, with orchestra, of Verdi's Macbeth, from June 3 to June 11.  We'll get a preview from Artistic Director Douglas Anderson.

Listen Thursday May 26 at 11 a.m.
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Pianist Olga Kern will play the Grieg Concerto with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Saturday evening.  She visits Walter Parker for a chat on Friday morning.

Listen Friday April 29 at 11 a.m. and online now.

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Walter Parker speaks with violinist Bella Hristova who will be soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra this weekend, premiering a violin concerto written for her by her husband David Ludwig, who will also be present.

Simone Dinnerstein

Mar 3, 2016
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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein chats with Walter Parker about her Lane Series recital Friday evening featuring music of Schubert and Philip Glass.

Listen Friday March 4 at 11 a.m.

Karen Kevra

Walter Parker speaks with Karen Kevra, director of Capital City Concerts, about A Place on Earth concerts this weekend in Colchester and Montpelier.

Broadcast Thursday November 19 at noon.

William Metcalfe Live

Nov 10, 2015

Walter Parker speaks with William Metcalfe of the Oriana Singers about their upcoming performance of Bach's Mass in B minor.

Broadcast Tuesday November 10 at noon.  Listen online now.

Violinist Jinjoo Cho

Oct 22, 2015
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When the Vermont Symphony Orchestra opens its Masterworks season this Saturday, the violin soloist in the Korngold Concerto will be a former student of Jaime Laredo, Jinjoo Cho.  She speaks with Walter Parker Friday at noon on VPR Classical.

Broadcast Friday October 23 at noon.

Yutaka Kono Live

Oct 8, 2015
Yutaka Kono

Walter Parker speaks with the new artistic director of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Yutaka Kono, and the two soloists for Saturday's concert, violinist Letitia Quante and oboist Katie Oprea.

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Felix Broede

This Wednesday, August 5th in Montreal marks the kickoff of the 4th annual Festival Virée Classique - the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's Classical Spree. The festival itself is a series of short concerts, 30 to 45 minutes long, laid out in a near-marathon over the weekend of August 7th and 8th.

Courtesy of Apple Hill

New Hampshire's Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music is now in its 45th season. This year Apple Hill received the CMAcclaim Award from Chamber Music America, presented in a gala concert on Tuesday evening, July 28.

On Sunday, Anthony Princiotti will conduct the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6.  He spoke about it with Walter Parker.

Broadcast Friday May 29 at 11 a.m.

Courtesy of Marlboro College

Marlboro College music professor Stan Charkey has written a new work and it’s one that poignantly brings to life quiet moments from Vermont’s history.

Lindsey Huddle

This weekend, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble has their annual concert featuring new works inspired by a Vermont poet, a show that intersperses the poet reading their works with musical responses from Vermont composers. David Huddle is this year's poet, and he joins VPR Classical's Kari Anderson and Steve Klimowski of the VCME to talk about the project. 

Concerts are Friday at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, and Saturday at the Black Bock Theater, Main Street Landing in Burlington.


Thursday marks the 5th anniversary of the Green Mountain Mahler Festival's New Year's performance of Beethoven's Symphony #9. GMMF President Dan Weiss tells us about the tradition, and about the festival's history.

Listen Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Performance Details: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 3pm at the Elley Long Music Center, Colchester. Find out more at or

Composer Beth Wiemann

Sep 17, 2014

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's Made in Vermont tour kicks off this weekend. They have a world-premiere on the program from Burlington native Beth Wiemann. She spoke with VPR Classical about the new work and what audiences can expect from "Before the Snow."

Broadcast Wednesday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m.

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

Each summer the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival welcomes a select group of young composers to write a piece for the Festival and learn about all facets of the Vermont arts community. This year's composers were TJ Cole, Chelsea Komschiles and Nils Verosky. They stopped by the VPR Classical studio with Young Composer-in-Residence Philip Golub to share what pieces of classical music they can't do without. 

Photo by Robert Eddy

Vermont composer, lecturer, mentor, and singer Erik Nielsen will give a pair of talks about Beethoven on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Manchester Music Festival. Nielsen spoke with VPR Classical's Kari Anderson about our continued fascination with Beethoven - the man, and his music.

Broadcast Wednesday July 30th, at 8:30 a.m.


Jul 8, 2014

There's a new addition to the classical contemporary music scene here in Vermont: TURNmusic have their inaugural show on Wednesday evening at ArtsRiot in Burlington, which they will encore on the 18th in Waterbury. The group's founder and conductor Anne Decker stopped by with violinist Mary Rowell to talk with Kari Anderson about the new ensemble.

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