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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

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Beethoven

Anne-Sophie Mutter's conversation with Classical WETA evening host James Jacobs was recorded on February 1, 2020, backstage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts just a couple of hours before she performed an all-Beethoven recital.

Wild Symphony

Author/composer Dan Brown talks about his new musical children's picture book, "Wild Symphony."

Composer Héctor Armienta discusses his opera "Bless Me, Ultima"

Composer Héctor Armienta discusses his opera, "Bless Me, Ultima".

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar

Sheku Kanneh-Mason discusses his new recording of Elgar's Cello Concerto with Classical WETA evening host James Jacobs.

Pianist Lang Lang discusses "Piano Book"

Lang Lang discusses his "Piano Book" album of youthful favorites and his institute to foster music education.

Daniil Trifonov plays Rachmaninoff

Daniil Trifonov speaks with James Jacobs about his thoughts on Rachmaninoff and reflects on his own career.

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.