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Christian Steiner

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 Spring

Listen Wednesday February 20 at 8 p.m.

Timeline: Qualia

18 hours ago
James Stewart

Listening to music is an emotional experience, unique to each individual. I think we’ve all had a moment when a song, a piece, a singer, a band, an orchestra has touched our hearts, moved us in some way. We also realize that it’s not the same for everyone; different music speaks to different people. We can try to describe the way music makes us feel but I wonder if it’s even possible to really know how music effects someone else.

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.


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.

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.

Timeline: Pareidolia

Feb 11, 2019
U.S. Public Domain

In the past couple of episodes we’ve looked at quite a few audio experiments or illusions, exploring the limitations and wonderful abilities of our ears and mind. I’ve been joined by some friends from VPR, Brendan Kinney, Leslie Blount and Joe Tymecki. They volunteered to take part in these experiments and share their experiences with us.


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.


tomazl / ISTOCK

Our ears and minds are amazing. Not only can they hear and experience the world around us, they are also filling in the gaps in our perception. We don’t even realize all the ways that our hearing is constructing the world around us, helping to keep us safe and understand our surroundings.

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.

Harald Hoffmann

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.

Ebru Yildiz / NPR

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.

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.

U.S. Public Domain

We are wired to respond to sound in a thousandth of a second. With that kind of visceral, automatic response we sometimes get it wrong. I’ve been looking at the research of perceptual and cognitive psychologist Diana Deutsch. She has spent her career exploring and assembling audio illusions and curiosities. We’ll look at a few of them together and ask “can you trust your ears?”

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.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco / Kathryn King Media

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
Justin Pomfrey / Decca

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.

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.

Timeline: Earworms

Jan 7, 2019
Bobboz / ISTOCK

Have you ever had a song that you just couldn’t get out of your head? You’re not alone. 98% of people have reportedly experienced this phenomenon. Scientists call it "Involuntary Musical Imagery" but the more catchy title is "earworm."

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55 Eroica  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday January 2 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

Music has always been used as a tool in political campaigns.