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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

Erin Wall

Canadian soprano Erin Wall stars in the Washington National Opera production of Gounod's Faust, March 16-30 at the Kennedy Center.

Amit Peled

Amit Peled, Saint-Saëns and the Pablo Casals Goffriller cello

Classical WETA evening host James Jacobs speaks with cellist Amit Peled about his upcoming performance of Saint-Saëns' cello concerto with The Apollo Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, as well as his recent recording of J.S. Bach's Cello Suites nos. 1-3 on the same instrument Pablo Casals used for his iconic recording of these same works.

Pianist Jonathan Biss discusses Leon Fleisher

Pianist Jonathan Biss,  discusses his participation in the recital "Leon Fleisher and Friends: A 90th Birthday Celebration", a presentation of Washington Performing Arts, at Kennedy Center on February 9, 2019, and Mr. Fleisher's influence on generations of pianists.

Pianist Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher talks with Linda Carducci about his 90th birthday celebration, "Leon Fleisher & Friends: A 90th Birthday Celebration", a presentation of Washington Performing Arts, at Kennedy Center, Feb. 9, and musical experiences.

Benjamin Appl

Baritone Benjamin Appl talks about his new Bach CD and his January 20th Phillips Collection recital.

Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall November 29 and December 1.

Antony Walker

Antony Walker conducts Washington Concert Opera in U.S. premiere of Gounod's Sapho

Classical WETA's James Jacobs speaks with Washington Concert Opera's Artistic Director and Conductor Antony Walker about their upcoming presentation of the U.S. premiere of Charles Gounod's first opera, Sapho, which will take place November 18 at Lisner Auditorium.

Kevin Puts (Photo © by David White)

Kevin Puts

Kevin Puts, composer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, talks to Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix about the opera and its music.  Washington National Opera presents the DC premiere of Silent Night at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater November 10-25, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.

Christopher Bell and The Washington Chorus

Christopher Bell, Artistic Director of The Washington Chorus, chats with Classical WETA's Bill Bukowski about their season-opening concert of memorial music by Brahms and Britten, and about the rest of the season and ideas for the future.

Kian Soltani

Kian Soltani and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Cellist Kian Soltani, cellist with the West-Eastern Divan orchestra who will be playing the solo part in Strauss's Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center November 7, shares his thoughts on the orchestra, musically portraying the famous knight, and working with Daniel Barenboim.