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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

Emily Daggett Smith

Emily Daggett Smith performs a diverse program of music that is linked together in a way you wouldn't expect.

Lawrence Loh

Cathedral Choral Society with Lawrence Loh - Bernstein: Ode to Freedom

Classical WETA's James Jacobs talks to Lawrence Loh, who will be conducting the Cathedral Choral Society's upcoming program Bernstein: Ode to Freedom, taking place at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, May 20, at 4:00 pm. The concert features Haydn's Mass in Time of War, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, the finale of Beethoven's Ninth (in which  the word "Freude" [Joy] wil be replaced by "Freiheit" [Freedom]), and two works by Leonard Bernstein. Loh will discuss the historical significance of the selections as well as his own history with the Cathedral Choral Society. 

Gwendolyn Toth

Gwendolyn Toth and the Washington Bach Consort

Guest conductor Gwendolyn Toth leads the Washington Bach Consort in Bach's monumental Mass in B minor Sunday afternoon, April 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm at National Presbyterian Church. She shares her thoughts about the work and her approach to it with Classical WETA's James Jacobs.

Alistair Coleman, composer

Alistair Coleman is an award winning young composer from Washington, DC. Most recently, he was appointed the Composer-in-Residence of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale. With three published works, Alistair is the youngest composer ever published by E.C. Schirmer Music Company in its nearly one-hundred-year history. 

He will be premiering I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud with the National Philharmonic, Saturday evening, April 28th at 8:00pm at Strathmore.

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop discusses upcoming concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and plans for the Bernstein centenary including the release of her new boxed set of Bernstein recordings.

Marin Alsop

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Marin Alsop talks to Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix about the BSO and the OrchKids program.

Gianandrea Noseda

National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gianandrea Noseda chats with Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix about the April 14th Shift Festival concert featuring Russian and Italian music.

Augustin Hadelich

Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of today. He has performed with every major orchestra in the U.S., many on numerous occasions, as well as an ever-growing number of major orchestras in the UK, Europe, and the Far East. He is consistently cited for his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity, and gorgeous tone.

Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra

Carol Jantsch is one of the most well known and respected Tuba players today. She is currently Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, only the 4th person to hold this position since 1923, and she teaches at Temple University and Yale University. Michael Daugherty wrote her a solo for tuba and orchestra, Reflections on The Mississippi. She performs this work with the Albany Symphony, Wednesday April 11th at 8:00pm at the Kennedy Center as part of the Shift Festival.



Matthew Dirst

Matthew Dirst and Washington Bach Consort

Guest conductor Matthew Dirst leads the Washington Bach Consort in Bach's dramatic St. John Passion Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2018  at 3:00pm  at National Presbyterian Church.  He shares his thoughts about the work and Bach's music with Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton.