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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.

Listen Thursday May 23 at 11 a.m.

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For the past few months we’ve been exploring the way that music affects us physically, emotionally, socially and neurologically. Along the way we’ve hinted at how these concepts and studies have been translated into therapies designed to address particular needs of patients. Music therapy has become a well-established health profession dedicated to the use of musical invention to address the wellness of individuals.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make this Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. Designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, you'll hear the WFMT Opera Series for 29 weeks to complete the year.

Marco Borggreve

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.

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!

Aristotle wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”


This Saturday, Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society presents an all ages concert called, "Family, Fun and Five B's." Join VPR Classical host James stewart for a live concert preview as we exlpore these masterworks up close; featuring music by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Bartok and Frank Bridge.

Listen Friday, May 17th at 4:00pm on VPR Classical.


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.

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.

All Images Public Domain - Collage by James Stewart

We all know that listening to music is enjoyable, pleasurable, emotional… in short, it feels good. Why though? Why do we react to music this way?

Tina Gutierrez / www.jenniferjolley.com

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.

U.S. Public Domain

In an earlier episode we spent a great deal of time debunking the “Mozart Effect,” the idea that passively listening to music can increase the IQ or cognitive functions of an infant or an individual. We repeated over and over again that music should not exist just for the benefits it brings to other disciplines. Music has intrinsic value on its own. I want to make that perfectly clear; the beauty of music itself is enough reason to continue the practice.

Heliand Consort Live

Apr 23, 2019
Stina Booth / www.heliandconsort.org

Vermont's Heliand Consort visits VPR's Stetson Studio One for a live performance of music by Robert and Clara Schumann, with readings from their letters.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Mozart: Serenata Notturna in D, K. 239
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D

Listen Wednesday April 24 at 8 p.m.

All Images Public Domain - Collage by James Stewart

Our ability to hear patterns, recognize words and focus our auditory perception is thanks, in large part, to a very specific region of the brain, the superior temporal gyrus. It’s located just behind and above each ear. It’s the site of our auditory association cortex, in other words it’s the place that helps us understand language, speech and music.

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Apr 17, 2019

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Twyla Robinson, soprano; Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano; Allan Clayton, tenor; Gerald Finley, bass-baritone; Noah Sadik and Benjamin Wenzelberg, boy sopranos; New York Choral Artists

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Listen Thursday April 18 at 8 p.m.

Benjamin Ealovega / www.jonathanbiss.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Jaime Laredo, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37

Listen Wednesday April 17 at 8 p.m.

Timeline: Synesthesia

Apr 15, 2019
U.S. Public Domain

1915 saw the New York premiere of Alexander Scriabin’s Prometheus: Poem of Fire. The performance featured a new instrument of Scriabin’s invention, the clavier à lumières, a keyboard with lights. Rather than playing music or sound, this instrument emitted a different color of light based on the note pressed on the keyboard. Some say that Scriabin created this instrument to express his own synesthesia.

Werner Kmetitsch / IMG Artists

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Kelley O'Connor, soprano; Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago; Women of the CSO Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 (excerpt)  (Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday April 13 at 8 p.m.

Mary Hutchins Harris / South Carolina Music Guide

Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joe Miller, conductor
Lori Sims, piano; Jennifer Check, soprano; Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano; Rolando Sanz, tenor; Matthew Anchel, bass; Westminster Choir; Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Beethoven: Mass in C, Op. 86
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, Op. 80
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 Pastoral

Listen Friday April 12 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Holst: Ostinato from St. Paul's Suite  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday April 10 at 8 p.m.