WPAS brings French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie to the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Friday, April 11th at 7:30 pm for a brilliant and virtuosic recital of works, including Chopin ballades and waltzes, and Liszt transcriptions of Wagner's opera music. He shares his thoughts about Chopin with Classical WETA's Deborah Lamberton, and reveals his secret to performing the incredibly difficult Liszt orchestral transcriptions.
The Met Live in HD on Saturday afternoon is the most popular ever, Puccini's La Bohème, starring Vittorio Grigolo and Anita Hartig. Soprano Hartig is making her Met debut in this role; it's one for which she's received rave reviews at La Scala, the Paris Opera, and elsewhere. She spoke with Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley about her career and love of music.
The Smithsonian's Castle Trio gives its next concert Sunday April 6 at the Museum of American History, and they will play three works by Beethoven. The pianist of the trio, Lambert Orkis, spoke with Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley about the concert, the composer, and historic keyboard instruments.
The Folger Consort explores the French Baroque fascination with all things Chinese in its concerts this weekend, Le Jardin Chinois: Music of 18th-Century France, at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre. In addition to performances by the Chinese erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei, soprano Jolle Greenleaf will be joining the consort. She stopped by the Classical WETA studios to speak with Marilyn Cooley about her part in the festivities.
The third season of the popular period drama about midwives in the East End of London takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.