Front Row Washington

The Emerson String Quartet is one of the most recognizable and acclaimed quartets of the last century, and they embarked on their final tour before disbanding in October 2023. This is an emotional and not to be missed all Beethoven concert, which includes the iconic Grosse Fuge. The 9-time Grammy award-winning Emerson String Quartet gave their final concert, and beyond an emotional performance, it's a powerful one that includes one of the more enigmatic works composed by Beethoven. This performance was part of their "Farewell Tour," and their last-ever performance at Wolf Trap before disbanding in October 2023. 

The Emerson Quartet poses outside on the sidewalk, sitting on a concrete bench dressed in black.

Classical Breakdown

Feeling dramatic? Opera has you covered! John Banther and Linda Carducci go on a journey through time on the origins, evolution, and dramatic moments of this enduring musical art form. Plus, recommended listening for each time period along the way. 

Royal Opera House

Opera Matinee

Premiered at the Spoleto Festiva USA in 2022, Omar is an historical depiction of Omar ibn Said, a spiritual, educated African enslaved in the 19th century American South.  Sung in English, this 2-Act opera is a production of LA Opera, led by Kazem Abdullah.


Choral Showcase

​L'Enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) by Hector Berlioz is an oratorio that plays like a Christmas pageant. It tells the story of an immigrant family, in mortal danger, forced to leave their home country hoping to find shelter among strangers. We'll hear it this weekend on Choral Showcase.

Olivier Merson

From the Top

Incensio Trio

We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the world’s largest chamber music competition. Over the years, From the Top has featured the sensational winning ensembles of the Fishchoff’s Junior Division and we’re going to revisit some of these incredible performances. We’ll also reveal the most recent grand prize winners who have yet to be featured on From the Top.

Classical Sunrise

Mornings may be getting colder, and our to-do lists for the day may be getting longer nearing the holidays. But you can still have an energizing start to your day with Classical Sunrise, the perfect musical greeting to the day. 

  • Monday 7:05AM Schubert - Piano Quintet "The Trout": III. Scherzo
  • Tuesday 7:05AM Glinka -  Russlan & Ludmilla: Overture
  • Wednesday 7:05AM Wagner - Tannhauser: Festive March
  • Thursday 7:05AM Beethoven - Rage Over a Lost Penny
  • Friday 7:05AM Tchaikovsky - The Seasons, Op. 37b: December. Christmas

Winter Morning

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