VPR Classical and the Marlboro Music Festival Team Up to Celebrate 60 Years of Music and the People Who Make It

Exclusive partnership to feature a month of live concert recordings and more on the air and online

VPR Classical, Vermont Public Radio's 24-hour classical music network, will broadcast live concert recordings from the Marlboro Music Festival taking place July 18th through August 12th. The special broadcasts are part of an exclusive partnership with the legendary summer festival, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary season this year.

The featured recordings during "Marlboro Month" will be hand-selected from the festival's expansive archives each weekday by VPR Classical hosts Cheryl Willoughby, Walter Parker, and Joe Goetz.

"We are very pleased to be working with the Marlboro Music Festival during this important anniversary year," Willoughby said. "VPR Classical shares a lot with the festival: an audience, a mutual love of music, and the support of the many talented people who make it. This partnership is a natural step in assuring we can do that in the most meaningful way possible this year and into the future."

Each piece featured on weekday broadcasts will be available for online listening at VPR.net, along with a series of four recordings of performances by violinist and Marlboro fixture Soovin Kim and a photo gallery of festivals past and present. Listeners are encouraged to visit the website throughout the month for updates and photos from this year's festival.

"Vermont is an essential part of what makes Marlboro Music a community like no other, so it is a great pleasure for us to partner with Vermont Public Radio in sharing our music and our story with our Vermont neighbors," said Frank Salomon, one of Marlboro's administrators.

VPR Classical is Vermont's only classical music network featuring local hosts throughout the day. Cheryl Willoughby, Walter Parker, and Joe Goetz share their extensive knowledge and passion for the music Monday through Friday. Weekend highlights include Sunday Baroque, From the Top and A Passion For Opera, with host Peter Fox Smith. The network gives the music the time and attention it deserves, and provides listeners with a stimulating, creative counterpart to their busy lives.