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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.

Rafael Payare

Rafael Payare at Castleton

Castleton Festival principal conductor Rafael Payare.

Emil de Cou

NSO at Wolf Trap Festival Conductor Emil de Cou describes the summer season at Wolf Trap.  Opera, movies, games, and two blockbuster concerts are featured.  Sunday, June 21st, Andrew Litton conducts Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture as well as the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax.  Saturday, July 11th, Shi-Yeon Sung leads the orchestra in Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Bruch's 1st Violin Concerto featuring Sarah Chang.  More information at Wolftrap.org.

David Alan Miller and Richard Scerbo

Maestro David Alan Miller and Associate Artistic Director Richard Scerbo discuss the 2015 National Orchestral Institute Festival at The Clarice, on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Maestro Miller conducts the National Festival Orchestra in an all-American concert featuring Copland's Appalachian Spring on Saturday, June 13th and Rossen Milanov leads the orchestra in Brahms' 2nd Symphony on June 20th.  More information at TheClarice.UMD.EDU.

Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford LOC

Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress

Marilyn Cooley chats with the curator of the Library of Congress’s Musical Instrument Collection.

Marin Alsop conducts Candide

Marin Alsop conducts BSO performances of Candide.
 

Choral Arts in China

Choral Arts on a five-city tour of China.

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown, artistic director, and Aaron R. White, choreographer, discuss with Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix Opera Lafayette's upcoming production of André Grétry's L'Epreuve villageoise (The Village Trial) at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Saturday, May 30 at 2 and 7:30 pm.

Jennifer Koh

Violinist Jennifer Koh at the Library of Congress

Violinist Jennifer Koh talks about her upcoming concert at the Library of Congress.
 

Julian Wachner

Julian Wachner on Handel's Israel In Egypt

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 5 PM, The Washington Chorus accompanied by period instrument ensemble New York Baroque Incorporated presents a single performance of G.F. Handel's dramatic oratorio of the Exodus story, "Israel In Egypt."  Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton and TWC Music Director Julian Wachner talk about the work, and what makes it so much fun to perform.

Bryan Hymel

Tenor Bryan Hymel

Where can you find 19 high C's?  On New Orleans-born tenor Bryan Hymel's debut album for Warner Classics titled "Héroïque: French Opera Arias."  It's our Vocal CD Pick of the Week online at Viva La Voce through May 17, 2015.