James Stewart has joined VPR Classical as its local weekday afternoon host, Vermont Public Radio announced this week. His program can be heard on Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.
James recently finished his Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
"We were impressed by James' intelligence, knowledge of music, and enthusiasm for sharing his passion with the public,” said VPR Classical Managing Producer Kari Anderson. “He is also an experienced educator and writes for musical theater. He is already proving to be a wonderful addition to the team.”
The VPR Classical program schedule has been slightly modified to maximize locally hosted programming:
7-10 a.m. Kari Anderson
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Walter Parker
2-4 p.m. Performance Today with Fred Child
4-7 p.m. James Stewart
"The power of classical music has truly been a motivating factor in my life and I consider it a privilege to share my passion for music with listeners,” Stewart said. “When I think about who might be listening, be it a young person whose ears are opening up to this music for the first time or the professional going about their day with this music as a calming influence, I'm humbled by the fact that I get to be part of that experience. The enjoyment and celebration of music has always been a communal experience and I think that spirit of community thrives on VPR Classical."
VPR Classical is Vermont's only classical music network. Local hosts Kari Anderson, Walter Parker, and James Stewart share their extensive knowledge and passion for the music Monday through Friday. Other highlights include A Passion For Opera with Peter Fox Smith, the VPR Choral Hour with Linda Radtke, Performance Today, Sunday Baroque, From the Top, and weekly concerts by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. VPR Classical can be heard on 16 stations around the state, as well as on HD radio, VPR.net, and via VPR’s iPhone and Android apps.