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.


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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Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
Say: Paraphrase on Mozart's Alla Turca
Stravinsky: Russian Dance from Petrouchka
Janacek: Sinfonietta
Mozart: Divertimento in D, K. 136  (Pinchas Zukerman, conductor)
Debussy: La Mer  (Erich Leinsdorf, conductor)

Listen Friday January 25 at 8 p.m.

Berlioz & Saint-Saens

Jan 23, 2019

New York Philharmonic
Berlioz: Les francs-juges Overture  (Sir Andrew Davis, conductor)
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, with Organ  (Kent Tritle, organ; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Gershwin: Cuban Overture  (Zubin Mehta, conductor)

Listen Thursday January 24 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Holst: Jig from St. Paul's Suite
Dittersdorf: Sinfonia Concertante  (Russell Wilson viola; Luke Baker, double bass)
Beth Wiemann: Before the Snow  (world premier of VSO commission)
Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B-flat La Reine (The Queen)

Listen Wednesday January 23 at 8 p.m.

Mozart's Requiem

Jan 17, 2019
Marco Borggreve

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano; Lucy Crowe, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Ben Johnson, tenor; Morris Robinson, bass; Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Mozart: Horn Quintet  (Boston Symphony Chamber Players)
Mozart: Requiem, K. 626

Listen Sunday January 20 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marek Janowski, conductor

Weber: Euryanthe Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 60
Wagner: Tannhauser Overture and Venusberg Music
Wagner: Preludes to Acts 3 and 1 of Die Meistersinger
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, K. 191  (Claudio Abbado, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 19 at 8 p.m.


Sibelius And Franck

Jan 16, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Sibelius: Suite for String Trio in A
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

Listen Saturday January 19 at 7 p.m.

Nashville Symphony
Edo de Waart, conductor

Ippolito: Nocturne
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 Haffner
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3
Glazunov: The Seasons Ballet  (Minnesota Orchestra; Edo de Waart, conductor)

Listen Friday January 18 at 8 p.m.

English Music

Jan 16, 2019

New York Philharmonic
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Tallis: Why Fum'th in Fight  (The Sixteen; Harry Christophers, conductor)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Tallis  (Dmitri Mitropoulos, conductor)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
Britten: selections from War Requiem  (Carol Vaness, soprano; Jerry Hadley, tenor; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Westminster Choir; American Boychoir; Kurt Masur, conductor)
Holst: The Planets  (New York Choral Artists; Zubin Mehta, conductor)

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat  (Heidi Soons, harp; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Sibelius: Violin Concerto  (Soovin Kim, violin; Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday January 16 at 8 p.m.

Mozart And Bruckner

Jan 10, 2019
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Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D, K. 576, finale
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A

Listen Sunday January 13 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Haydn: Symphony No. 85 La Reine (The Queen)
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1
J. Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltz
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 12 at 8 p.m.

Scriabin & Taneyev

Jan 10, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Scriabin: 5 Preludes, Op. 16  (Wu Han, piano)
Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30  (Wu Han, piano; Escher Quartet)

Listen Saturday January 12 at 7 p.m.

Oregon Symphony
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Currier: Microsymph
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World
Kernis: Sarabanda in Memoriam  (Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor)

Listen Friday January 11 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
David Robertson, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Ravel: Mother Goose
Barber: Violin Concerto
Bartok: The Wooden Prince
Barber: Serenade for Strings  (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz, conductor)

Listen Thursday January 10 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture  (Raymond Leppard, conductor)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D, Op. 60  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)

Listen Wednesday January 9 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Alain Altinglu, conductor
Renaud Capucon, violin

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2 Le Double
Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2

Listen Sunday January 6 at 1 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Richard Kaufman and John Williams conduct music of John Williams.

Listen Saturday January 5 at 8 p.m.

Haydn And Beethoven

Jan 3, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Haydn; String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 20, No. 1  (Orion Quartet)
Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3

Listen Saturday January 5 at 7 p.m.