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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.

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.

Lois Narvey

Levine Presents "Stories of Transformation and Evolution"

James Jacobs talks with three Levine School of Music faculty members - Lois Narvey, Jeremy Castillo, and Vasily Popov - about the upcoming season of Levine Presents.

Nicholas McGegan

Nicolas McGegan conducts Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire

James Jacobs talks with Nicolas McGegan about his recording of Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire, which will be aired on Classical WETA Opera House, Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 pm, hosted by Linda Carducci.

Nicholas McGegan

Nicolas McGegan conducts Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire

James Jacobs talks with Nicolas McGegan about his recording of Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire, which will be aired on Classical WETA Opera House, Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 pm, hosted by Linda Carducci.

Ryan Brown

Opera Lafayette presents Stradella's La Susanna

Washington's Opera Lafayette and New York's Heartbeat Opera colllaborate on a staging of Alessandro Stradella's oratorio La Susanna, playing at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater April 21 and 22. WETA's James Jacobs speaks with stage director Ethan Heard and music director Ryan Brown about this groundbreaking production.