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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.

Composer Beth Wiemann

Sep 17, 2014

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's Made in Vermont tour kicks off this weekend. They have a world-premiere on the program from Burlington native Beth Wiemann. She spoke with VPR Classical about the new work and what audiences can expect from "Before the Snow."

Broadcast Wednesday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m.

For over 40 years Dr. Brian Webb was a central figure in the Vermont music community, especially in the world of choral music. He died recently in a sailing accident on Lake Champlain.

Linda Radtke has gathered musical memories of Dr. Webb from his colleagues in the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Onion River Chorus, and Christ Church Episcopal Choir. She'll share those remembrances, along with favorite pieces by Handel, Mozart, Rodrigo, and others.

Listen Friday at 3 and Sunday at 11.

Sandi MacLeod

September's Student Composer Showcase is Ethan Duncan, who enters 8th grade at Williston Central School this fall. Ethan whistles while he works - literally working out his melodies with a whistle before committing them to the page.

Listen Monday at 11:30am; Wednesday at 8:30am; Friday at 4pm, and Saturday at 9am.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program. Find out more at music-comp.org

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

Each summer the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival welcomes a select group of young composers to write a piece for the Festival and learn about all facets of the Vermont arts community. This year's composers were TJ Cole, Chelsea Komschiles and Nils Verosky. They stopped by the VPR Classical studio with Young Composer-in-Residence Philip Golub to share what pieces of classical music they can't do without. 

The VPR Choral Hour

Aug 4, 2014
Glenn Moody studios

VPR Classical has a new program on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. Join host and Vermont singer Linda Radtke for the VPR Choral Hour, an exploration of the range of great classical choral works, from madrigals to masses. Linda shares her passion and knowledge with our listeners, featuring a Vermont chorus on each program, as well as the rich recorded legacy of major choral works.

Listen Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

Photo by Lindsay Baker

August's Student Composer Showcase is no longer a student, but one of Music-COMP's most accomplished alums. 28-year-old Matt Podd is a graduate of North Country Union High School, and in addition to being a successful composer and arranger in New York, he now mentors students working through the same program that helped him excel. We spoke with Matt about how he has developed as a musician over the years, and what he's up to now.

The AK Duo Live

Jul 18, 2014
Vermont Summer Music Festival

The husband-and-wife AK Duo is here with the Vermont Summer Music Festival. Tomoya Aomori plays double bass and percussion and Julie Kang plays cello. They'll play some of their delightful arrangements in the VPR Performance Studio.

Broadcast Friday, July 18 at 11 a.m.

Vermont Public Radio

Where were you 10 years ago? Ten years ago this week, VPR Classical went on the air at 88.1 in Norwich! With the support of our listeners we have grown from one to 15 stations around the region, as well on HD radio, on your smartphone and online. Help us celebrate the milestone and post requests for your favorite pieces in the comments section.

Castleton Festival

Conductor Lorin Maazel died Sunday at age 84.  We'll feature some of his recordings Tuesday morning. Cellist Daniel Lelchuk, a native of Hanover, New Hampshire, worked with Maazel at his Castleton Festival in Virginia.  He'll offer his remembrance at 11 a.m.

TURNmusic

Jul 8, 2014

There's a new addition to the classical contemporary music scene here in Vermont: TURNmusic have their inaugural show on Wednesday evening at ArtsRiot in Burlington, which they will encore on the 18th in Waterbury. The group's founder and conductor Anne Decker stopped by with violinist Mary Rowell to talk with Kari Anderson about the new ensemble.

Find out more at TURNmusic.org

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