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Classical Conversations

Intimate conversations with world-renowned musicians, here at the Classical WETA studios.

Classical WETA's on-air hosts interview prominent classical music performers, composers and artists in this series of intimate audio conversations recorded for ClassicalWETA.org.

Martin Fröst (photo by Mats Backer)

Martin Fröst

Deborah Lamberton speaks with Martin Fröst about the concerto, his philosophy of music-making, and how long his clarinets last.

Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham

Violinist Gil Shaham discusses his upcoming concert with the NSO and guest conductor James Conlon to perform Korngold's cinematically-inspired Violin Concerto in D major.

Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie

WPAS brings French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie to the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Friday, April 11th at 7:30 pm for a brilliant and virtuosic recital of works, including Chopin ballades and waltzes, and Liszt transcriptions of Wagner's opera music.  He shares his thoughts about Chopin with Classical WETA's Deborah Lamberton, and reveals his secret to performing the incredibly difficult Liszt orchestral transcriptions.

Michael McCarthy

Canon Michael McCarthy on the Cathedral's St. John Passion.

Anita Hartig

Anita Hartig

The Met Live in HD on Saturday afternoon is the most popular ever, Puccini's La Bohème, starring Vittorio Grigolo and Anita Hartig.  Soprano Hartig is making her Met debut in this role; it's one for which she's received rave reviews at La Scala, the Paris Opera, and elsewhere.  She spoke with Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley about her career and love of music.

Lambert Orkis

Lambert Orkis

The Smithsonian's Castle Trio gives its next concert Sunday April 6 at the Museum of American History, and they will play three works by Beethoven.  The pianist of the trio, Lambert Orkis, spoke with Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley about the concert, the composer, and historic keyboard instruments.

Daniel Abraham

Daniel Abraham

Daniel Abraham leads the Bach Sinfonia in a concert celebrating the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach on Saturday, April 5.

Barry Hemphill

Barry Hemphill

Metropolitan Chorus Artistic Director Barry Hemphill conducts this weekend’s performances of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

Ward Stare

Ward Stare

Ward Stare began his operatic career at age 18 as a trombonist for the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra.  Now he’s conducting the Washington National Opera production of Donizetti’s Elixir of Love.

Jolle Greenleaf

Jolle Greenleaf

The Folger Consort explores the French Baroque fascination with all things Chinese in its concerts this weekend, Le Jardin Chinois:  Music of 18th-Century France, at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre.  In addition to performances by the Chinese erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei, soprano Jolle Greenleaf will be joining the consort.  She stopped by the Classical WETA studios to speak with Marilyn Cooley about her part in the festivities.

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