Walter Parker

Senior Music Host and Producer

Walter may seem buttoned down while playing classical music, but don't be surprised if you see him touring the back roads of Vermont on his classic Harley Davidson! Walter's passion for classical music is apparent, but his encyclopedic knowledge is indeed impressive. After graduate studies at New York University in Musicology, Walter served as Collection Assistant in the university's Music Library and also catalogued historical jazz records for the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. He began his career in radio at WNCN in New York. He joined VPR in 1984.

 

Houston Symphony
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano

Messiaen: Forgotten Offerings
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Ravel: La Valse

Listen Friday May 24 at 8 p.m.

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New York Philharmonic
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Christine Brewer, Nancy Gustafson, Jeanine De Bique, sopranos; Mary Phillips, Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-sopranos; Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor; Wolfgang Schone, bass; Jason Grant, bass-baritone; New York Choral Artists, The Dessoff Symphonic Choir; Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 Symphony of a Thousand

Listen Thursday May 23 at 8 p.m.

Promotional poster for the Opera Company of Middlebury's performance of Cendrillon.
Opera Company of Middlebury

The Opera Company of Middlebury will give four fully-staged performances of Massenet's opera Cendrillon (Cinderella) from May 31 through June 8.  Listen for a live performance preview Thursday morning on VPR Classical.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Clementine Margaine, mezzo-soprano

Stravinsky: Scherzo Fantastique
Jennifer Higdon: Low Brass Concerto
Chausson: Poem of Love and the Sea, Op. 19
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta  (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday May 18 at 8 p.m.
 

Schubert And Bartok

May 17, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for Piano 4-hands  (Gilbert Kalish and Leon Fleisher)
Bartok: String Quartet No. 5  (Escher Quartet)

Listen Saturday May 18 at 7 p.m.

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 Scottish
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7

Listen Friday May 17 at 8 p.m.

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New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Ying Fang, soprano; Matthias Goerne, baritone; Concert Chorale of New York

Brahms: A German Requiem
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Listen Thursday May 16 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Erik Nielsen: Fanfare in B-flat
Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 Paris
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 38 Spring

Listen Wednesday May 15 at 8 p.m.
 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Brahms: Hungarian Dances for Piano 4-Hands
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Listen Saturday May 11 at 7 p.m.

Scheherazade

May 9, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade  (Robert Chen, violin)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21  (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday May 11 at 8 p.m.
 

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Los Angeles Philharmonic
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, conductor
Gidon Kremer, violin; Janai Brugger, soprano

Messiaen: Un Sourire (A Smile)
Weinberg: Violin Concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Listen Friday May 10 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Mozart: Symphony No. 1
Haydn: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D
Stravinsky: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 Jupiter
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor  (Zubin Mehta, conductor)

Listen Thursday May 9 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Italian

Listen Wednesday May 8 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
C.P.E. Bach: String Sinfonia in C, W. 182, No. 3
Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E-flat

Listen Saturday May 4 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Chicago Children's Choir; Riccardo Zanellato, bass

Opera excerpts by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni & Boito
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet selections

Listen Saturday May 4 at 8 p.m.

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Kathy Kiensle, harp; Minnesota Chorale

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046
Ginastera: Harp Concerto, Op. 25
Stephen Paulus: Mass for a Sacred Place
Sibelius: Swanwhite Suite

Listen Friday May 3 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
Gershwin: Cuban Overture  (Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Copland: Danzon Cubano  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)

Listen Thursday May 2 at 8 p.m.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Sibelius: Suite Mignonne
Jennifer Jolley: The Ferry Crossing
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Listen Wednesday May 1 at 8 p.m.
 

Beethoven & Bartok

Apr 26, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 12, No. 3
Bartok: String Quartet No. 1  (Danish String Quartet)

Listen Saturday April 27 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A
Kodaly: Dances of Galanta  (Neeme Jarvi, conductor)

Listen Saturday April 27 at 8 p.m.

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