Musical Conversations

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.

TURNmusic

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.

Find out more at TURNmusic.org

Zev Fisher

A musical recreation of the 600-year odyssey of a medieval Jewish prayer book returns on Saturday to Putney, where the work was first performed earlier this year.

The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book was developed and premiered by Bosnian-born accordionist Merima Kljuco during a residency at Putney’s Yellow Barn. It’s been playing to sold-out concert venues around the country.

Courtesy of UVM Medical School

Students graduating from the University of Vermont Medical School on Sunday won't just have their new degrees. They'll walk to the first-ever performance of Vermont Passacaglia by graduating Med student, Adam Ackerman. Ackerman's piece will replace the traditional Pomp And Circumstance March.

Before turning to medicine, Ackerman studied music at Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music. He spoke with Kari Anderson about his piece, and the uncanny connection that some doctors seem to have to music.

Broadcast Saturday, May 17 at 9:40 a.m.

VPR

The Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont will give its 10th anniversary concerts May 17 and 18 in Burlington and Stowe, coinciding with the release of their new CD of music by Robert De Cormier, Songs of Hope and Freedom.  Walter Parker speaks with Robert De Cormier and Dawn Willis, founding director of Bella Voce.

Broadcast Thursday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m.

Christine Bourgier

Summer festival season is just beginning, and it's getting a head start in Montreal. May 8th begins the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the city's first and only festival of chamber music which now enters it's 19th year. Kari Anderson spoke with founder and artistic director Denis Brott about his vision for the festival, and how he was shaped by his time at Marlboro.

Broadcast Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 a.m.

Vermont Youth Orchestra Association

The Vermont Youth Orchestra's 50th Anniversary Season culminates in two concerts this weekend. To celebrate, VPR Classical hosts will speak with some of the musicians involved in this weekend's festivities.

On Friday morning at 11 Walter Parker will speak with past and present directors of the VYO.  Troy Peters conducts an orchestra of VYO alumni in Finlandia by Sibelius as part of Sunday's concert.  Current director Jeffrey Domoto will lead the VYO, VYO Chorus and members of the music community in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. 

Edwin Lawrence

Apr 23, 2014

This weekend Edwin Lawrence conducts his final concerts as director of the Bennington County Choral Society, which he has led for 38 years.  The program includes masses by Schubert and Ariel Ramirez, plus Psalm Cycle by Lawrence, himself.  He recently spoke with Walter Parker.

Broadcast Thursday April 24 at 11 a.m.  Listen online now.

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