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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.

Courtesy of Marlboro College

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.

Lindsey Huddle

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.

VPR

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.  
 

Dartmouth College

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. 

Jim Lowe

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.

GMMF

Thursday marks the 5th anniversary of the Green Mountain Mahler Festival's New Year's performance of Beethoven's Symphony #9. GMMF President Dan Weiss tells us about the tradition, and about the festival's history.

Listen Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Performance Details: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 3pm at the Elley Long Music Center, Colchester. Find out more at vtmahler.org or flynntix.org

Special Holiday Programs In December

Dec 22, 2014
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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

Click here for a printable version of our holiday program schedule.

Thursday, Dec. 18

9 p.m. on VPR: Hanukkah Lights

Courtesty of the Halladay Family

Anna Halladay is an 8th grader at Edmunds Middle School, and December's Student Composer Showcase. As a cellist, Anna pays special attention to the bass line of her works. Listen for a conversation with Anna, and hear her String Quartet.

Broadcast Monday 12/1 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 12/3 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 12/5 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 12/6 at 9 a.m.

2014 Special Holiday Programs

Nov 27, 2014
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While you're enjoying time with friends and family this week, join VPR and VPR Classical for special holiday programs.

Curtis Johnson

Cantus, one of the premiere men's vocal ensembles, talks with host Alison Young about the holiday, music and food. This year's special presentation will focus on gratitude for nourishment and all that surrounds us.

Broadcast Thursday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m.

Playlist:

Food, Glorious Food — Lionel Bart

For the Beauty of the Earth — Folliott Sandford Pierpoint arr. Rudoi

Sakura — Trad., arr. Ko Matsushita

Trinklied — Mendelssohn

How Can I Keep from Singing? — Lowry, arr. Stephen Caracciolo

Peace I Leave With You — Hollaway

The Magill Family

November's Student Composer Showcase is Duxbury's Erin Magill, a 9th grader at Harwood Union High School. Erin's piece Shades of Purple uses different instrumental tone colors to evoke lavendar, magenta and deep purple hues.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program.

courtesy of the Durling Family

October's Student Composer Showcase is Dummerston's Molly Durling, a 9th grader at Brattleboro Union High School. Molly has a life-long passion for Northern traditional music, from contra dances to fiddle music of Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Norway. Grand Jig is a tribute to her ancestors, "...who came from different countries, played different instruments and remembered the old songs."

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Lovers of classical music are celebrating two big milestones in Vermont: VPR’s own Walter Parker marks his 30th anniversary on the air this week. And the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its eightieth season.

We look at how Vermont’s classical music scene has grown and deepened over the decades with Walter Parker and VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.

Ben Resnik

Walter Parker's 30th anniversary at Vermont Public Radio is the first day of October, and we're celebrating! Join us for a live concert broadcast from the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, October 1st at 11:30.

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