VPR Classical

Created by Emily Alfin Johnson and James Stewart

Dive into the four elements of antiquity: Fire, Water, Earth and Air in this multimedia presentation of Timeline:Elements, featuring lecture and live musical performances.

Join VPR on Wednesday, July 18 for a unique concert experience featuring a collaboration between the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Miller, singer and guitarist for the indie band Guster.
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Join VPR on Wednesday, July 18 for an intimate concert event. Ryan Miller, Vermont musician and lead singer for the band Guster, teams up with a string quartet from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO).

Timeline: Elements

Jun 23, 2018
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From VPR Classical comes a four-part educational series of podcasts based on the elements of antiquity: FIRE, WATER, EARTH and AIR.

Enjoy the podcast and experience the video of Timeline: Elements Live recorded in VPR's Stetson Studio One.

Created by Emily Alfin Johnson and James Stewart

In our final episode of Timeline: Elements, host James Stewart explores the history and cultural significance of the element air.

Enjoy the podcast and experience the video of Timeline: Elements Live recorded in VPR's Stetson Studio One.

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Our third episode of Timeline: Elements focuses on our home, the ground beneath our feet: Earth.

Enjoy the podcast and experience the video of Timeline: Elements Live recorded in VPR's Stetson Studio One.

Created by Emily Alfin Johnson and James Stewart

Our series, Timeline: Elementscontinues as we explore the source of life: water.

Enjoy the podcast and experience the video of Timeline: Elements Live recorded in VPR's Stetson Studio One.

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Join host James Stewart for the first part of a new series, Timeline: Elementsexploring the elements of antiquity: fire, water, earth and air. 

Enjoy the podcast and experience the video of Timeline: Elements Live recorded in VPR's Stetson Studio One.

Composer Keane Southard hiked the New England portion of the Appalachian Trail during the summer of 2016. Here, he is pictured in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.
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Keane Southard spent many of his childhood weekends hiking and camping with his family in New Hampshire and Vermont. From that early age, he imagined one day he would hike the legendary Appalachian Trail.

Southard went on to study composition and theory, and all the while, the idea of hiking the trail and composing a piece about the experience percolated in his mind.

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Nancy McNichols says that she finds her inspiration for writing music from world around her, spinning  out ideas as they come. For this edition of the Student Composer Showcase, we'll speak with McNichols about how she makes music her own.

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VPR Classical’s Student Composer Showcase highlights the work of emerging composers across the region. Isabelle Greenewalt is a 6th grader from Putney, listen as she discusses her piece Thunder and Lightning.

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts feature your favorite musicians from all genres. Each year, NPR hosts a contest for unsigned musicians who want a shot at taping their own Tiny Desk Concert. Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest now!

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When I was in middle school my class put together a time capsule and I remember caring so much that music be included that I put together a mixed tape, with popular songs recorded haphazardly off the radio.

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On Timeline we’ve asked a lot of questions; what is music? How was music created? Why is music written? Here’s another interesting question I’d love for us to ponder, where is music?

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It was her first piano lesson with me, but she wasn’t new to the instrument. She had learned from YouTube tutorials and her own explorations to play some of her favorite songs. After a good first lesson her mother came over and said, “She is very talented”. I smiled and agreed. Then her mother said, “It’s surprising to me because I’m not musical at all.”

Jennifer Girard / Chicago a cappella

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts.

Broadcast Saturday, December 16th at 12 p.m.

Timeline: Soundwaves

Dec 11, 2017
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Picture yourself at the beach watching the waves rise and break over the sand. You can see the water gather and rise as each waves comes in. Once a wave breaks the water level drops again. You watch the peaks and valleys rolls onto the beach. These waves transfer huge amounts of energy from one place to another traveling through the water and displacing it. We call this a mechanical wave because it needs to travel through a medium, in this case water. The number of waves that crash during a specific period of time is called the frequency.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, seen here as a child with his piano teacher Chonghyo Shin, will return to Vermont to perform in honor of Shin in Brattleboro on Saturday, Dec. 9.
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This weekend, a one-time Vermonter returns to the state to perform in honor of the woman who helped launch his career as a pianist and conductor.

'Tis The Season: 2017 VPR Holiday Programming

Dec 6, 2017
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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations! Enjoy a variety of traditional and new programs and music, a special holiday playlist from VPR Music, Favor Johnson, VPR Classical's "Messiah Watch" and more.

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Why do humans sing? Why do we make music at all?

A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
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The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

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