Honoring the Queen with music from her coronation

WETA Classical honors the Queen's funeral on Monday and celebrates her 70 years of service to her country. Every hour, we air the celebratory music played during her coronation in 1953 at Westminster Abbey. Please join us throughout the day to honor and celebrate Queen Elizabeth II.

Coronation of the Queen

An homage to a Spanish poet on Front Row Washington

The acclaimed and local PostClassical Ensemble returns to Front Row Washington on Monday at 9PM ET to dazzle us with a program of Liszt and Revueltas. John Banther is especially looking forward to sharing the work by Revueltas, Homenaje a Federico García Lorca, written in honor of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca who was murdered by Fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. Check out John's blog story, telling the story on this composition in greater detail.

Federico García Lorca
Poet Federico García Lorca, murdered by Fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.

Learn 4 points to hear Debussy in a whole new way on Classical Breakdown!

Claude Debussy is a favorite composer for many, and was one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. On the new episode of Classical Breakdown, John Banther and Evan Keely discuss his life and music, clearing the common misconception of Debussy and Impressionism, and offer 4 new ways to rediscover his music.

Debussy at the piano
Debussy at the piano

A fairytale comes to life on Opera Matinee

Join us for an afternoon of an enchanting fairytale on Opera Matinee Saturday at 1PM ET. We present Dvořák's "lyric fairy tale” Rusalka taken from Slavic mythology. The story of Rusalka is about a water sprite who experiences human love. The opera includes the aria, "Song to the Moon".  This production is from the National Centre for the Performing Arts with Zhou Xiaolin in the title role.

A scene from Dvorak's Rusalka
A scene from Dvořák’s Rusalka, airing on September 24

The last of classical scoundrels on Choral Showcase

The last of the Rogues' Gallery roundup of classical scoundrels on Choral Showcase is Grieg's Peer Gynt. This unforgettable character is from Henrik Ibsen's play about the misadventures of a reckless ne'er-do-well. Edvard Grieg's equally-unforgettable music, familiar to us via two concert suites, is presented in its entirety on this week's show. Join us and the unfortunate Peer Gynt on Sunday at 9PM ET.

Fall Sunrise

Perfectly paired music for your sunrise

Begin each morning this week with Linda Carducci and Classical Sunrise! We start the week with a fanfare for Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral as we celebrate her life and service throughout the day. Here is the week's sunrise offerings:

  • Monday 6:53AM Walton/A Queen's Fanfare
  • Tuesday 6:5AM Beethoven/Piano Sonata No. 6: III. Presto
  • Wednesday 6:54a Fanny Mendelssohn/String Quartet in E-Flat Major: IV. Allegro molto vivace
  • Thursday 6:55AM Tchaikovsky/'Dance of the Tumblers' from The Snow Maiden
  • Friday 6:56AM Marcello/Oboe Concerto in D Minor: III. Presto
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