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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.

Isabel Weinger Nielsen

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.

Courtesy of the Scoppettone Family.

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.


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."

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

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.


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.


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

Courtesy of the Kocherlakota Family

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.

Felix Broede

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.

Courtesy of Apple Hill

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.

Courtesy of the Dennison Family.

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

University of Vermont

Wondering what you should wear to a classical concert? When should you clap? Can you bring your kids?


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.