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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.

Terry Linke / www.wienerphilharmoniker.at

Christian Thielemann conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the annual program of music by the Strauss family and others.

Listen Tuesday January 1 at 11 a.m.

U.S. Public Domain - collage by James Stewart

Music surrounds us all the time. It’s everywhere. Whether you’re at a restaurant, the grocery store, doctor’s office, hotel lobby or even some manufacturing facilities there always seems to be background music playing. Why? Why is it there? Where did this practice come from?

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Dvorak: Romance in F minor, Op. 11
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Op. 68

Listen Wednesday December 26 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

Thanks to the 1940 film Fantasia the music of The Sorcerer's Apprentice will always be tied to the image of Mickey Mouse in that droopy wizard’s cap. However, that story doesn’t come from Disney. Paul Dukas’ music, written over 40 years before, tells the tale beat for beat of a young apprentice using magic to get out his chores. But it wasn’t even Dukas’ story to begin with; the music is based on a poem by Goethe written in 1797.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 Haffner  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Gershwin: Lullaby  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday December 19 at 8 p.m.

A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
IgorGeiger / iStockphoto.com

The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

Handel's 'Messiah'

Dec 11, 2018
Jon Christopher Meyers

New York Philharmonic
Helmuth Rilling, conductor
Gachinger Kantorei, Stuttgart; Annette Dash, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; James Taylor, tenor; Shenyang, bass.

Handel: Messiah

Listen Thursday December 13 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

Art is everywhere and always has been. It lines the walls of museums, buildings and caves. It fills our halls and ears with sound and music. It captures the eye with beautiful movement and imagery. Art doesn’t just express our passions and history; it defines, influences and shapes culture and civilization.

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, Op.56

Listen Wednesday December 12 at 8 p.m.

Marco Borggreve / www.kirillgerstein.com

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Orama, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano; Men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 52
Busoni: Piano Concerto in C, with Men's Chorus, Op. 39

Listen Sunday December 9 at 1 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 Jupiter
Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

Listen Wednesday December 5 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain - collage by James Stewart

When my kids were infants I remember being told to be sure and play music for them during the day, at naptime and while they were asleep. The music had to be Mozart. Mozart was the key to making them smarter. Maybe you’ve heard of this before, the so-called “Mozart Effect.”

Anne Ryan

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Mahler: Songs  (Yvonne Minton, mezzo-soprano; Georg Solti, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 1 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Schubert: Death and the Maiden Quartet, arranged for full symphony orchestra by Andy Stein

Listen Wednesday November 28 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Kodaly: Dances of Galanta  (Kate Tamarkin, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 Little Russian  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio Overture  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Listen Wednesday November 21 at 8 p.m.

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