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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.

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.

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.