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Join VPR's Reuben Jackson for a special this Saturday morning on VPR Classical called Where Have We Met Before: Classical Pieces By Pop Icons. We'll hear works by Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Vernon Duke and others.

Listen on VPR Classical at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th, and 8 p.m. on Monday, July 6th.

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Though the church was instrumental in the development of musical notation, it was not the sole arbiter of music in medieval times.  The high middle ages were also the time of the troubadours or trouveres; French composers and performers of secular lyric poetry and song beginning in the late 11th Century.

Engraving by W. Marshall from "Fuller's Holy State", published 1648.

Hildegard of Bingen was a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, abbess, polymath and a literal visionary of the 12th Century.

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Have you ever been to a restaurant and heard an off-brand version of the popular “Happy Birthday To You” song? The reason why a restaurant would choose to use that version, rather than the traditional “Happy Birthday To You,” is because, until recently, that song was protected under copyright.

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Guido de Arezzo was one of the first music theorists in our western musical tradition.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule with 29 weeks to complete the year.

This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival and Opera Southwest.

For the first time in years, an American orchestra will perform in Havana. You can hear this historic concert live on VPR Classical on Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m. One of America's premiere ensembles, the Minnesota Orchestra, travels to Cuba for an all-Beethoven concert. Music Director Osmo Vanska conducts the Symphony #3 the Eroica, the Egmont Overture and the Choral Fantasy with the Cuban National Choir.

Broadcasts Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m. on VPR Classical.

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It’s easy to take for granted this ability to take a piece of music and understand it instantly, but this wasn’t always the case. Let’s explore the birth of modern musical notation and the history of this elegant practice.

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This month, we’re catching up with a Saigelyn Green, a composer we featured in the past and who is now in a very different phase of her development as a composer and musician.

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Today marks Armenian Remembrance Day and the centennial of the mass killings of Armenian citizens during World War I. Here are five Armenian composers whose music we'll highlight in commemoration of the day.

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Marlboro College music professor Stan Charkey has written a new work and it’s one that poignantly brings to life quiet moments from Vermont’s history.

We are excited to announce a new educational series on VPR Classical: Timeline is an exploration into the development of Western music. Take a journey into the events, characters and concepts that shaped our Western musical tradition. Hosted by VPR Classical's James Stewart, we’ll start from the very beginning and trace the steps of music through history.

Starting Monday, April 27, broadcasts Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and Fridays at 7 a.m.

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This weekend, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble has their annual concert featuring new works inspired by a Vermont poet, a show that intersperses the poet reading their works with musical responses from Vermont composers. David Huddle is this year's poet, and he joins VPR Classical's Kari Anderson and Steve Klimowski of the VCME to talk about the project. 

Concerts are Friday at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, and Saturday at the Black Bock Theater, Main Street Landing in Burlington.

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Join Reuben Jackson, the host of VPR's Friday Night Jazz, this Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. and Monday, April 20 at 8 p.m. on VPR Classical. Jackson hosts a Jazz Appreciation Month special exploring the ongoing relationship between jazz and the European Classical tradition. We'll hear works by Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, George Duke, Ornette Coleman and others.  
 

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The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble presents "An Evening in Metropolis" this Friday evening, in a concert that pairs new music with Fritz Lang's classic expressionist film "Metropolis." 

DCWE director Matthew Marsit joined VPR's Kari Anderson to talk about where the idea for this concert came from, what the current relevance of the film is, student reactions, what concert goers can expect and music as a living medium.

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Join host Reuben Jackson at 11 a.m. on VPR Classical this Saturday, Feb. 21 for a pre-Oscar special called Listening to the Movies.

In the hour-long program, we’ll celebrate evocative music from classic Hollywood soundtracks by Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann, David Raksin, Duke Ellington and others. 

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Vermont pianist Michael Arnowitt has been performing the sonatas of Beethoven, matching his age to Beethoven's when the sonatas were composed. After 26 years, the series culminates this week with the last three sonatas, which Michael will play Sunday afternoon and evening in Montpelier as part of Capital City Concerts. He visits the VPR Performance Studio Friday for a preview.

Music Composition Online Mentoring Program

Susie Francy is a junior at Leland and Gray and February’s Student Composer Showcase. Her composition, called “Apollo’s Medley,” is about the transition from day to night.

We are thrilled to welcome James Stewart to VPR Classical as our new local afternoon host. Get to know him in our latest ProFile, and listen to his program weekday afternoons from 4-7.

My name...is James Stewart.

VPR employee since...January 2015.

Public radio listener since...I was an undergrad.  It was a great way to learn the repertoire that I was required to know for my degree.

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For January’s Student Composer Showcase we’re going behind the music, and learning more about the group that supports Vermont’s young composers. Music-COMP is the music composition online mentoring program that connects students with professional composer mentors in an online discussion forum, and organizes live performances of student work. The Music-COMP's 20th anniversary is in 2015. We’ll learn more about Music-COMP from Executive Director Sandi MacLeod, and hear a student work with a special significance.

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