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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

James Villani

James Villani, Manassas Symphony Orchestra

Maestro James Villani and John Banther talk about the Manassas Symphony Orchestra's upcoming March 7 concert called American Idols

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and ModernMedieval Voices

James Jacobs speaks with Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek about her upcoming concert of 14th-century Italian music with the Folger Consort and the vocal trio she founded, ModernMedieval Voices. 

Boulanger Initiative WoCo Festival

Violinist Laura Colgate, co-founder of the Boulanger Initiative, talks with Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix about their 2nd annual WoCo Festival celebrating women composers. March 8th, 2020, International Women's Day.

Ryan Brown

Opera Lafayette performs Beethoven's Leonore

James Jacobs talks to Opera Lafayette's founder and artistic director Ryan Brown about their upcoming production of the original 1805 version of Beethoven's Leonore.

Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine plays Dvořák and Khachaturian

WETA Evening Host James Jacobs speaks with world renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine about her latest album on the Avie label, a pairing of the violin concertos of Antonín Dvořák and Aram Khachaturian, in which she collaborates with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Teddy Williams.

Antony Walker

Antony Walker conducts Washington Concert Opera's production of Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas

Antony Walker for Washington Concert Opera's production of Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas

Matthew Robertson

Monteverdi's "Lost Vespers" with Matthew Robertson and The Thirteen

Matthew Robertson, Artistic Director of The Thirteen Choir, speaks with Bill Bukowski about Claudio Monteverdi's "Lost Vespers of 1641," which they will be performing in a series of three concerts this week.

Elizabeth Field

Discovering the Classical String Trio with The Vivaldi Project

Violinist Elizabeth Field of The Vivaldi Project talks with WETA's James Jacobs about her ensemble's four-volume recorded survey of string trios of the Classical era. 

Wu Han on the 2019-20 season of Chamber Music at the Barns at Wolf Trap

Wu Han is Artistic Advisor for Chamber Music at the Barns, the first to ever hold the position for two full seasons. She tells us all about the themes for the upcoming season.

Levine Music presents Saul Lilienstein: "New York Arts in 1920s and 1930s"

Saul Lilienstein discusses his lecture series, "New York Arts in the 1920s and 1930s" at Levine Music, Oct. 2 through June 3.