American Horn Quartet

Don't miss a concert filled with rich horn sonorities by an ensemble that American Record Guide calls ​"...the finest brass chamber ensemble in the world" on Front Row Washington Monday night at 9PM ET.

Entering its fourth decade, the American Horn Quartet continues to be unique in the field of brass chamber music. Their exuberant performances have brought audiences all over the world to their feet. In 1982, four American horn players who were working and residing in Europe met for the first time to explore the potential of the horn quartet, a chamber music formation with a surprisingly long tradition. They quickly began to supplement the existing repertoire with their own compositions and arrangements. The group has undergone a few personnel changes since the early days but has always maintained the highest standards of artistry and technical mastery. 

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Meet Maestro Gianandrea Noseda

In this very special episode of Classical Breakdown, John Banther sits down with Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda. Discover his journey as a musician and conductor, his perspectives and philosophies on conducting, the upcoming Beethoven and American Masters Festival with the NSO, and more.


The Coronation

As the UK crowns a new constitutional monarch this weekend, we'll offer other music for royal coronations on Choral Showcase. Selections by John Blow, William Child, and Henry Purcell from the 17th century, and the Coronation Anthems by Handel. And, although not written for a coronation, Mozart's "Coronation Mass" became associated with royal festivities in Austria-Hungary well into the 19th century. Sunday at 9PM ET.


Beethoven and American Masters

In May and June, the National Symphony Orchestra presents the Beethoven and American Masters Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Maestro Gianandrea Noseda will conduct four programs of Beethoven Symphonies paired with works by trailblazing American composers George Walker and William Grant Still. The concerts will be recorded live for the NSO’s record label. Here on WETA Classical, May’s NSO Showcase program will celebrate two of the NSO’s previous releases, featuring Beethoven’s first and third symphonies and George Walker’s Sinfonia No.4, all recorded in 2022. Wednesday night at 9PM ET.


La bohème

Opera Matinee presents the iconic La Bohème. One of the most beloved of operas, Puccini's La Bohème is a sensitive portrait of young bohemians in 1840s Paris, focusing on the joys and sorrows of love between Rodolfo and Mimì. Featuring Stephen Costello and Eleanora Burrato, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Saturday at 1PM ET.


Shostakovich Prelude, Schumann Fantasy Pieces, & Kreisler’s Liebesfreud

On this week's From the Top, a 15-year-old pianist performs the music of Shostakovich. She’s joined by a teenage cellist performing Schumann, and a cellist who shares her experience rehearsing with an artificially intelligent piano. Sunday at 6PM ET.

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Mornings are better with Classical Sunrise

The perfect soundtrack to the sunrise: Classical Sunrise. Join Linda Carducci to greet the morning sun with perfectly matched classical selections for each day and start your day off right!

  • Monday 6:11AM Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 1: III. Presto
  • Tuesday 6:10AM Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 9: VI. Gigue
  • Wednesday 6:09AM Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 11: I. Allegro con brio
  • Thursday 6:08AM Salieri - Concerto for Flute and Oboe: III
  • Friday 6:06AM Bach - Trio Sonata No. 5: I. Allegro


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