Musical Conversations

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

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.

The Imani Winds

Oct 25, 2013
VPR/Tim Johnson

The Imani Winds come to VPR this Friday afternoon. The ensemble is known for its focus on works by Latino and African-American composers. They’ll speak with VPR Classical Host Kari Anderson about their evening performance with the UVM Lane Series.

Listen Friday at 3.

Walter Parker speaks with Mary Westbrook-Geha, director of the Blanche Moyse Chorale, about the 3rd Annual Blanche Moyse Memorial Concerts in Bellows Falls and Marlboro.

photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Monday, August 19, 11am.  Violinist Soovin Kim, Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and guitarist Jason Vieaux, a Festival participant, speak with Walter Parker.

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Cellist Elinor Frey

Aug 12, 2013

Montreal-based Elinor Frey is the principal cellist of the ME2 Strings.  She has a new recording of music of cellist-composers of the Italian baroque.  We'll sample it when she drops by to chat Wednesday morning at 11, in advance of her CD release concert Wednesday evening at St. Paul's Cathedral in Burlington.

Walter Parker speaks with Mel Kaplan, Artistic Director of the Vermont Summer Music Festival, and William Metcalfe, who will conduct Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance and Mozart's Requiem.

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See VPR's Summer Music Festivals page.

Hannah Sherman

VPR Classical celebrates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky's groundbreaking ballet "The Rite of Spring" with a live performance by pianists David Kaplan and Timo Andres of the piano 4-hands arrangement .  The two pianists will also play the work in Burlington on Wednesday, May 29th (the true anniversary of the work) under the auspices of Burlington Ensemble.

Thursday 5/16/13.  Walter Parker speaks with conductor Ronald Feldman, who will lead the Burlington Chamber Orchestra on Saturday in music of Britten, Bach, Haydn and young composer Noah Marconi.

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Remembering Cellist Janos Starker

Apr 29, 2013
Colbert Artists Management

The great Hungarian-born cellist Janos Starker died Sunday at age 88.  Walter Parker speaks with cellist Daniel Lelchuk, a native of the Upper Valley, who spent a year studying with Starker.

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I speak with Lise Messier, a director at Opera Theatre of Weston, about the group's new production of Britten's Noah's Flood.


Sonata "La Pastorella"
Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Ensemble Musica Antiqua Koln
Conductor Reinhardt Goebel
Album Scherzi Musicali: Biber-Schmelzer-Walther
Record Label Deutsche Grammophon

Steve Klimowski and Sydney Lea

Apr 5, 2013

A conversation with Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea and Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble Artistic Director Steven Klimowski about two concerts this weekend featuring Lea reading his poetry, and new musical responses by 5 Vermont composers.


photo: Christian Steiner

The Emerson String Quartet will play music of Dvorak, Schumann and Grieg tonight at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth. It will be one of their last concerts with cellist David Finckel, ending 34 years of the same personnel. At 11 this morning we'll listen to him speak about his strong Vermont connection.


Rite of Spring and Rudolf Serkin

Mar 28, 2013

We'll hear a conversation with dancer James Viveiros of Compagnie Marie Chouinard, talking about the group's upcoming production of Rite of Spring at the Flynn. Also, a 110th birthday tribute to Rudolf Serkin. of Spring James Viveiros.mp3


photo: Liz Linder / Blue Heron

Scott Metcalfe is a Vermont native (son of well-known local musicians William and Elizabeth Metcalfe) who now directs Blue Heron, Boston's professional Renaissance choir. Blue Heron will perform music of Johannes Ockeghem at St. Michael's College this evening and at Grace Church in Rutland tomorrow evening.

Conversation With Leila Josefowicz

Jan 24, 2013

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Saturday night at the Hopkins Centerin Hanover. Joe Goetz spoke with her about her lessons at Curtis with Jaime Laredo, her career, and her focus on new music.


Coronation March
Composer Camille Saint-Saens
Ensemble Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor Neeme Jarvi
Album Saint-Saens: Orchestral Works
Record Label Chandos

Cicely Parnas Live

Jan 18, 2013
photo: Michael Polito / Cellist Cicely Parnas

This weekend young cellist Cicely Parnas will play the Cello Concerto of Edward Elgar with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jaime Laredo. She stops by to chat with Walter Parker at 11.


Photos: Dallas Kilponen (Moore) and courtesy the artist (Garcia) / Latonia Moore and Jesus Garcia

The Vermont Youth Orchestra presents its first-ever Opera Extravaganza Sunday, January 20, at the Flynn Center at 3pm. The VYO will be joined by the VYO Chorus, soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Jesus Garcia. The soloists join us this morning at 11.