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From the 2019 BBC Proms:
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Yannick Nezet-Sequin, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Bach: Gavotte en Rondeau, from Violin Partita No. 3, BWV 1006
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Listen Friday August 23 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Wagner: Die Meistersinger Prelude
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Wednesday August 21 at 8 p.m.

This ancinet Akkadian cylinder seal depicts Inanna resting her foor on the back of a lion while other gods pay homage.
U.S. Public Domain

Let’s begin this episode with the text of a song from ancient Sumeria, sung over 4,000 years ago.

VPR Classical broadcasts the opening concert of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, live from the Elley-Long Music Center.  James Stewart and Helen Lyons host.  Co-Artistic Directors Soovin Kim, violin, and Gloria Chien, piano, play a Rondo by Schubert; and the Borromeo Quartet plays works by Bartok, Haydn and Beethoven.

The cover page of the "Bennington Battle March" depiciting the Bennington Battle Monument.
Courtesy Bennington Museum

Bennington Battle Day is August 16th. The day marks a turning point in the American Revolution, when British forces were defeated near Bennington in 1777. This year, we're rediscovering some music associated with this Vermont holiday.

In 1927, for the 150th anniversary of the battle, Bennington virtuoso pianist Ernest Murray composed his new "Bennington Battle March," rarely heard today. VPR Classical hosts James Stewart and Linda Radtke have been exploring the story behind this music.

The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival makes its annual visit to VPR's Stetson Studio One to perform String Quintets by Mendelssohn and Brahms.

Listen Friday August 16 at 11 a.m.

Christian Steiner

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor  (Albert Brouwer, flute; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102  (Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello; Raymond Leppard, conductor)

Listen Wednesday August 14 at 8 p.m.

This image is taken from an ancient limestone disc depiciting Enheduanna in her place of authority as priestess.
U.S. Public Domain

At the mouth of the Euphrates River, in modern, southern Iraq, you’ll find the ruins of the ancient city of Ur. And when I say ancient, I mean very ancient. There’s evidence to suggest that this city was occupied as early as 6500 BCE, over 8000 years ago. Ur was an important center of civil and cultural life for the Sumerians, the inventors of the first written language. In this ancient tongue we find the writings of the first author and composer of record in the history of the world, the Akkadian princess Enheduanna.

From the 2019 BBC Proms:
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Jakub Hrusa, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
Smetana: Ma Vlast (My Homeland)

Listen Friday August 9 at 8 p.m.

HomoCosmicos / ISTOCK

Welcome to our first episode looking at the lives of ancient musicians as detailed in Lewis Holmes’ new book The Mystery of Music. The book gives brief biographical sketches of 30 musicians and composers from many different cultures and we’ll look at a few of them together. Let’s begin with one of the earliest musicians we know by name, a flutist to Pharaoh in the Old Kingdom of Egypt over 4,500 years ago, Ipi.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra

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

Listen Wednesday August 7 at 8 p.m.

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; BBC Singers
Karina Canellakis, conductor

Zosha di Castri: Long is the Journey - Short is the Memory
Dvorak: The Golden Spinning Wheel
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass
Dvorak: The Hero's Song  (Jiri Belohlavek, conductor)

Listen Friday August 2 at 8 p.m.


Lewis M. Holmes / Used with permission

Lewis Holmes: I think musicality is universal, that is the ability to enjoy music, to make music, that’s universal. But there are a lot of differences between the types of music that you find in different societies. The interactions between one musical system and another has strengthened both systems.

Fred Collins / www.kalichstein-laredo-robinson-trio.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Sibelius: Valse Triste
Honegger: Pastorale d'ete
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C, Op. 56

Listen Wednesday July 31 at 8 p.m.

Glenn Ross

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, violin
Judith Ingolfsson, violin

Peter Hamlin: Green Mountain Variations
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77

Listen Wednesday July 24 at 8 p.m.

Steve J. Sherman / www.cmartists.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Andre Watts, piano

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 Emperor

Listen Wednesday July 17 at 8 p.m.

Adam Neiman Live

Jul 10, 2019

The Manchester Music Festival gets underway this week. Pianist Adam Neiman is artistic director and he visits VPR's Stetson Studio One to perform Schubert live and chat about the MMF.

Listen to the performance on SoundCloud:

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Highlights of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's 2019 TD Bank Summer Festival Tour, conducted by Sharon Lavery.

Listen Thursday July 4 at noon and 7 p.m. on both VPR and VPR Classical.

Taconic Music Live

Jun 25, 2019
Esther Boston / Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet and musicians from the Taconic Music Summer Festival visit VPR's Stetson Studio One to perform Beethoven's String Quartet No. 4 in C minor and some of Tchaikovsky's Souvenir of Florence String Sextet.

Listen Thursday June 27 at 11 a.m.


The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival gets underway this week.  The Altius Quartet is in-residence at the Festival and will visit VPR's Stetson Studio One for a live performance of Mendelssohn's last quartet.