Musical Conversations

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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 vyo.org

Listen Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Musical Conversation: Soovin Kim

Jan 21, 2014

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

Musical Conversation: Karina Canellakis

Jan 17, 2014
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

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.

Choral conductor Dawn Willis stops by to chat about the 10th anniversary of the Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont and her new vocal ensemble, Solaris.

Listen Thursday December 5 at 11am.

Benjamin Britten at 100

Nov 22, 2013

Today would have been the 100th birthday of the most important English composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten.  Today at 3 pm, Joe Goetz is joined by Richard Riley, director of the Burlington Choral Society, to discuss Britten's music and legacy.  We will also get a preview of the Society's concert of Britten's music this weekend.

Listen Thursday morning at 8:30 for an interview with Vanderbilt University's Michael Alec Rose. He'll give us a preview of "Beethoven and the Beatles", his talk for the Vermont Humanities Council's Fall Conference taking place this weekend.

Interview with Benjamin Grosvenor

Oct 28, 2013
http://www.benjamingrosvenor.co.uk

Listen today in the 3 pm hour on VPR Classical.

Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor comes to the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall at Middlebury College Tuesday at 7:30 pm for a solo program of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Ravel, and more.  Benjamin is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the 'Queen's Commendation for excellence."  He has also been named Grammophone Magazine's Young Artist of the Year and has been featured in two BBC documentaries.

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