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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

Scott Tucker on The Bells

Choral Arts' Scott Tucker on Rachmaninoff's Poe-inspired The Bells.

Rodrigo Terraza

Rodrigo Tarraza with the Folger Consort

Flutist Rodrigo Tarraza with the Folger Consort.

Marin Alsop (Photo by Kym Thomson)

Marin Alsop: Off the Cuff

The BSO's next Off the Cuff focuses on Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony.

Poulenc Trio

The Baltimore-based Poulenc Trio performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap April 10, 2015 at 8 pm.  Their program includes Beethoven's Piano Trio, Op.11 "Gassenhauer", Alfred Schnittke's Suite in the Old Style, Op.28 with readings by poet Lia Purpura from her book It Shouldn't have Been Beautiful, and the finale "Jaunty" from Andre Previn's Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon.  The second half of the concert features Triptico by Octavio Vasquez and their signature piece, Francis Poulenc's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.

NOW Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez

Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and New Orchestra of Washington

WETA's Deb Lamberton spoke with Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez about the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW,)  its philosophy, upcoming concerts, and its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to record their first CD.

Cantus at The Barns at Wolf Trap

The premiere men's vocal ensemble CANTUS makes its Chamber Music at the Barns at Wolf Trap debut Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8 pm. 

James Lee by Scott Suchman

National Chamber Players' founder James Lee

Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton speaks with James Lee, founder of the National Chamber Players, the resident chamber ensemble at Episcopal High School.

The Big Bach Family

David Ginder chats with The Washington Bach Consort's J. Reilly Lewis about the many musicians in the Bach lineage, and the March 2015 concert celebrating most of them.

Iestyn Davies

Countertenor Iestyn Davies

Countertenor Iestyn Davies' album The Art of Melancholy:  Songs of John Dowland is our Vocal CD Pick of the Week on

Cecelia Hopkins Porter

Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix talks with Washington Post critic Cecelia Hopkins Porter about her book:  Five Lives in Music:  Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present.  Ms. Porter presented a series of lecture-recitals last spring at the National Gallery of Art, featuring performances of the music composed by four of the women, Duchess Sophie-Elisabeth von Mecklenburg, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Josephine Lang and Maria Bach.  In addition, the fifth woman, Ann Schein, was featured in recital on Front Row Washington on Classical WETA.

During her research in Vienna, Ms. Porter came across 30 to 40 women musicians who had been active in Vienna between 1918 and 1945.  On Tuesday, March 24th at 7:30, she will give a lecture-recital featuring the music of three of these musical discoveries at the Austrian Embassy.  Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux will be the featured artist.