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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.

Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall November 29 and December 1.

Antony Walker

Antony Walker conducts Washington Concert Opera in U.S. premiere of Gounod's Sapho

Classical WETA's James Jacobs speaks with Washington Concert Opera's Artistic Director and Conductor Antony Walker about their upcoming presentation of the U.S. premiere of Charles Gounod's first opera, Sapho, which will take place November 18 at Lisner Auditorium.

Kevin Puts (Photo © by David White)

Kevin Puts

Kevin Puts, composer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, talks to Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix about the opera and its music.  Washington National Opera presents the DC premiere of Silent Night at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater November 10-25, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.

Christopher Bell and The Washington Chorus

Christopher Bell, Artistic Director of The Washington Chorus, chats with Classical WETA's Bill Bukowski about their season-opening concert of memorial music by Brahms and Britten, and about the rest of the season and ideas for the future.

Kian Soltani

Kian Soltani and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Cellist Kian Soltani, cellist with the West-Eastern Divan orchestra who will be playing the solo part in Strauss's Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center November 7, shares his thoughts on the orchestra, musically portraying the famous knight, and working with Daniel Barenboim.

Wu Han

Wu Han is one today's busiest and most influential musicians. She is currently the Artistic Advisor for Chamber Music at The Barns at Wolf Trap, she is the first musician to hold this title for 2 consectutive seasons. In this Classical Conversation, she talks about her new recording with cellist David Finckel, their innovative record label, and the back story of Britten's collaboration with Mstislav Rostropovich.

Jessica Krash

Jessica Krash's Cello Concerto

Composer Jessica Krash talks with WETA evening host James Jacobs about her new cello concerto, receiving its premiere performances November 3 & 4 with soloist Tanya Animisova and the Alexandria Symphony conducted by James Ross. 

Charles Brink and Stephanie Houtzeel

Conductor and flutist Charles Brink and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Houtzeel

A conversation with Charles Brink and Stephanie Houtzeel about Opera Lafayette's production of Niccolo Jommelli's Cerere Placata for Opera Lafayette's season opener at Kennedy Center, Oct. 28, 2018.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG in Song

Composer and soprano Patrice Michaels and husband James Ginsburg discuss the CD "Notorious RBG in Song", songs about the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Gregory Spears

Composer Gregory Spears talks about his concept for Walden, a song cycle based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau commissioned by Vocal Arts DC.  The world premiere performance is Sunday, September 16 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, featuring Brian Mulligan and Timothy Long.