Musical Conversations

VPR Classical
1:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Poetry and Music with the VCME

Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt's New Book, which she will read from in concerts.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2013

This weekend the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble celebrates their 4th annual concert pairing poetry and music. Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt will read her work alongside compositions inspired by them, from Vermont composers Andrew Massey, Fusun Koksal, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Tom Cleary, and Michael Close. Kari Anderson spoke with the VCME's Steve Klimowski about the collaboration.

Listen Thursday morning at 8:30.

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VPR Classical
10:01 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Taking Apart an Old Piano, Piece by Piece

Piano Strings
Kari Anderson VPR

This Saturday the Vermont Music Teacher's Association and the Vermont Guild of Piano Technicians are putting on a "Piano Deconstruction", taking apart an old piano to demonstrate how it all works. Lisa Goodrich, a pianist, teacher, VMTA member and donor of the piano came in to the studio to tell us how it all started, and what to expect this weekend.

Listen Thursday at 12:30 and Friday at 8:30.

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Morning Classics
7:34 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Remembering Oboist Ray Still

Oboist Ray Still

For 40 years, Ray Still was the principal oboe for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ray passed away overnight, just hours after turning 94.

This morning we'll celebrate his great musical contributions by sampling his recorded legacy, and at 8:30 hear a conversation that Kari had with Ray last October.

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Morning Classics
12:50 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Juilliard's Dr. Joseph Polisi

Juilliard's Joseph Polisi
Credit Photo: Christian Steine

This Saturday, Middlebury College hosts a celebration and dedication of their new Steinway concert grand piano. Kicking off the festivities will be Juilliard's President Dr. Joseph Polisi, who gives an address entitled "The Arts, Education, and the Human Experience". Dr. Polisi gave us a preview of his speech, and spoke about the changes at Juilliard since he started there.

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Morning Classics
11:38 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Musical Conversation: Hugo Vera and Louis Burkot

Hugo Vera
Credit Photo by Rebecca Fay

The Dartmouth College Glee Club performs this Saturday evening at the Hopkins Center. The concert features Dartmouth guitar instructor John Muratore, and Met Opera tenor (and six-time Opera North artist) Hugo Vera in a variety of choral works from Spain and Latin America.

Kari Anderson spoke with Hugo Vera and the Glee Club's director Louis Burkot about the concert and their history of collaboration.

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Morning Classics
3:57 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Musical Conversation: Jeffrey Domoto

VYO conductor Jeffrey Domoto

Maestro Jeffrey Domoto, Music Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, speaks with Kari Anderson about the VYO's concert this Sunday at 3 at Burlington's Flynn Center. The concert features two VYO alums: composer Pierre Jalbert and violinist Soovin Kim, as well as works by Kevin Puts, Pablo de Sarasate and Franz Liszt. More information is at

Listen Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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Musical Conversations
2:24 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Robert De Cormier Visits

This weekend Robert De Cormier conducts his final concerts as founding director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  The program includes Brahms' German Requiem and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and will be given in Burlington and Rutland.  De Cormier chats with VPR Classical's Walter Parker.

Broadcast Thursday January 23 at 11 a.m.

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VPR Classical
2:11 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Musical Conversation: Soovin Kim

Soovin Kim returns to the area for multiple concerts this week. His Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival presents a Winter Encore Concert on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30, and he will also perform with the Vermont Youth Orchestra this weekend. Joe Goetz spoke with Soovin about these concerts, making the switch to viola, and how his experiences with the VYO helped shape his career.

Broadcast Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 3 pm

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VPR Classical
12:36 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Musical Conversation: Karina Canellakis

Credit Masataka Suemitsu

Karina Canellakis is the guest conductor for the Burlington Chamber Orchestra's concert this Saturday evening at St. Michael's College.   Joe Goetz spoke with her about her decision to be a conductor, her passion for playing chamber music as a violinist, and the Haydn symphonies on this weekend's program.

Broadcast at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17

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Musical Conversations
6:19 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Mandolinist August Watters

August Watters (front right) and the New England Mandolin Ensemble

August Watters, who will direct a Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music this weekend in Bellows Falls, speaks with Walter Parker.

Broadcast Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.

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