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The Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century called into question the powers of the monarchy and religious dogma. There was an emphasis on scientific rigor and simplicity. This movement found its start in the writings of philosophers and made it ways into politics and eventually art – even the world of opera through the reforms of Christoph Willibald Gluck.

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Wagner from the source, in the very theater the composer designed for his music dramas. Deutsche Welle presents Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner, recorded from the opening concert of the Bayreuth festival 2015. Hear the Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Bayreuth Festival Orchestra conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Broadcast Saturday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.

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The death of J.S. Bach in 1750 has traditionally been regarded as the end of the Baroque Period. The well-known Classical era of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is said to have begun in 1775.  The transitional, 25 year period between is known as Rococo.

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Every month, VPR Classical highlights the music of a young local composer in a feature called the Student Composer Showcase. For November, we meet Waterbury’s Rachel Schwartz, a Junior at Harwood Union High School.

Broadcast Monday 11/2 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 11/4 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 11/6 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 11/7 at 9 a.m.

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It's time once again for the insights and selections of our favorite musical cross-pollinator. This month, VPR's Reuben Jackson takes us through the world of contemporary American opera.

October features an interview with Peter Stopschinski, whose Bum Phillips: An All American Opera recently premiered in Houston, where Phillips was coach of the Houston Oilers.  We'll also hear jazz-tinged versions of works by Samuel Barber, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and others.

Broadcast Monday, October 26th at 8 p.m.

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Georg Philipp Telemann was unquestionably the most prolific composer of his generation. He wrote over 3,000 individual works ranging from chamber music to opera, from oratorios to cantatas.  

VPR Classical In Middlebury Moving To 90.1 FM

Oct 8, 2015
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VPR Classical’s Middlebury station, WOXM 89.1 FM, will move to 90.1 FM on October 12, 2015.

The move is necessary because we recently discovered that our 89.1 signal was interfering with the radio system used by VELCO, the Vermont Electric Power Company, to respond to emergencies. As we head into the winter storm season, it's important to be able to dispatch emergency power line workers quickly and reliably. In order to achieve this goal, we've agreed to move Middlebury's VPR Classical station to 90.1 FM.

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Each month VPR Classical features the work of a young composer, in a feature called the Student Composer Showcase. This October we'll meet Wayne Alexander, an 8th grader at the Glover Community School.

Broadcast Monday 10/5 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 10/7 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 10/9 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 10/10 at 9 a.m.

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During the Baroque, several families made their mark in the world of music. In Italy there were few families more influential than the Scarlattis.

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The curtain goes up this week on a new production of an opera based on characters from David Budbill’s book and play, Judevine.

The production comes at a time when some of the story’s themes have a new relevance.


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VPR Classical’s monthly Student Composer Showcase features student composers in our region, and is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP’s online mentoring program. This September we’ll meet Anna Scoppettone, who is entering her senior year at Montpelier High School.

Broadcast Monday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 9 at 8:30 a.m., Friday, September 11 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, September 12 at 9 a.m.

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The concerto is a popular genre of instrumental music that was developed during the Baroque.  It is characterized by one or more instruments (the concertino) acting as the soloist while other instruments (the ripieno) accompany the principle line. When it is one instrument accompanied by many we called it a “solo concerto." When there are multiple instruments sharing the spotlight we call this a “concerto grosso."

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The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival’s theme for this season is “Sounds of the Wind”, concerts that feature chamber works for a combination of woodwinds, strings, and piano. The opening concert will be broadcast live on VPR Classical this Sunday, hosted by Walter Parker and James Stewart.

Broadcast Sunday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m.

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The word opera literally translates as the word “work;” it’s the plural of the noun opus. The dramatic form of opera has its roots deep within the aristocratic culture of early 16th Century Florence, Italy.

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The aesthetic basis of baroque music, from Monteverdi to J. S. Bach, was greatly influenced by a concept called the doctrine of affections.

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This August, we'll hear some new works by recent Burlington High School graduate Eileen Kocherlakota. Eileen was featured for our Student Composer Showcase in May of 2014, and you can hear that interview here.

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This Wednesday, August 5th in Montreal marks the kickoff of the 4th annual Festival Virée Classique - the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's Classical Spree. The festival itself is a series of short concerts, 30 to 45 minutes long, laid out in a near-marathon over the weekend of August 7th and 8th.

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New Hampshire's Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music is now in its 45th season. This year Apple Hill received the CMAcclaim Award from Chamber Music America, presented in a gala concert on Tuesday evening, July 28.

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In this week’s episode, we’ll explore the influence the reformation and counter-reformation had on the world of music including the work of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

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This month's Student Composer Showcase is Jacob Dennison, who enters 11th grade at Lake Region Union High School in the fall. Jacob's piece Winter Walks is meant to represent the different parts of the landscape on a walk around Jacob's snowy backyard.

Performers: Berta Frank, flute; Katie Oprea, oboe; Steve Klimowski, clarinet; Julian Partridge, bassoon; Letitia Quante, violin; Jane Kittredge, violin; Elizabeth Reid, viola; Michael Close, cello; Evan Premo, bass

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