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.

 

Our Sunday afternoon Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts will be on hiatus indefinitely.  The producers and the musicians' union have been unable to agree on broadcast rights.  We hope this will only be temporary.

Haydn And Hahn

Feb 14, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 71, No. 3
Hahn: Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor

Listen Saturday February 16 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Smetana: selections from The Bartered Bride
Barber: Cello Concerto, Op. 22
Dvorak: Symphony No. 5 in F, Op. 76
R. Strauss: finale scene from Salome  (Inge Borkh, soprano; Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday February 16 at 8 p.m.

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Houston Symphony
Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 6  (Sergiu Comissiona, conductor)

Listen Friday February 15 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Prokofiev: Romeo at Juliet's Tomb  (Lorin Maazel, conductor)
Bruckner: finale from Symphony No. 4 Romantic  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Massenet: Pourquoi me reveiller  (Luciano Pavarotti, tenor; Leone Magiera, conductor)
Scriabin: Symphony No. 4 Poem of Ecstasy  (Dimitri Mitropoulos, conductor)
Faure: Pelleas et Melisande Suite  (Lorin Maazel, conductor)
Schoenberg: Pelleas et Melisande (excerpt)  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Wagner: Prelude to Act 1 of Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Wednesday February 13 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Renaud Capucon, violin

Glanert: Brahms-Fantasie
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Barber: School for Scandal Overture  (Leonard Slatkin, conductor)

Listen Saturday February 9 at 8 p.m.

Osvaldo Golijov

Feb 7, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Osvaldo Golijov: Yiddishbuk  (St. Lawrence String Quartet)
Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind  (Todd Palmer, clarinet; St. Lawrence Quartet)

Listen Saturday February 9 at 7 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Maraca2, percussion; Joseph Pereira, tinpani

Stravinsky: Fireworks
Pereira: Threshold  (world premiere)
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Stravinsky: Firebird

Listen Friday February 8 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Conrad Tao: Everything Must Go
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Wagenaar: Cyrano de Bergerac Overture

Listen Thursday February 7 at 8 p.m.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi ('Flower of the Field')
(VSO Chorus; Michael Tree, viola; Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88  (Raymond Leppard, conductor)

Listen Wednesday February 6 at 8 p.m.

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; Kristine Opolais, soprano

Shostakovich: King Lear Incidental Music
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Listen Sunday February 3 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
David Fray, piano

Weber: Die Freischutz Overture
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Italian
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2  (Jean Martinon, conductor)

Listen Saturday February 2 at 8 p.m.

Debussy And Dvorak

Feb 4, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Debussy: Sacred and Profane Dances for Harp and Strings
Dvorak: String Quintet in G, Op. 77

Listen Saturday February 2 at 7 p.m.

Buffalo Philharmonic
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Mark Kosower, cello

Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugen Onegin
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Tyberg: Symphony No. 3

Listen Friday February 1 at 8 p.m.

Night Music

Jan 30, 2019

New York Philharmonic
Mendelssohn: Overture and Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream  (George Szell, conductor)
Ives: Central Park in the Dark  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Schoenberg: Transfigured Night  (Pierre Boulez, conductor)
Adolphe: Dark Sand, Sifting Light  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain  (Alan Gilbert, conductor)
Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete selections  (Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Alan Gilbert, conductor)

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Weber: Oberon Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Elgar: Enigma Variations  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday January 30 at 8 p.m.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Takemitsu: Nostalgia
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

Listen Sunday January 27 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53  (Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 26 at 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale for Cello and Piano, Op. 51, No. 6
Rachmaninoff: Elegiac Trio in D minor, Op. 9

Listen Saturday January 26 at 7 p.m.

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