The National Symphony Orchestra's new concert season begins October 3-5 with a world premiere by Roger Reynolds called george WASHINGTON. The multi-media composition employs three actors, full orchestra, and giant video screens to evoke the world and words of our country's first president. Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, embarking on his fourth season as NSO Music Director, leads the orchestra in this, and the following week's performances, featuring Act III of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal, with soloists Nikolai Schukoff, Thomas Hampson, and Yuri Volobiev.
Classical WETA's Deborah Lamberton spoke with Maestro Eschenbach about the new season, and about his vision for the National Symphony Orchestra.
This WETA TV 26 production explores the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.Learn more →
Classical WETA 90.9 FM showcases notable new (or newly reissued) CDs each week. Hear selections from the CD on-air throughout the week, and check online to learn more about the artist and the music.Learn more →
By the time she was 23, Arlington's Joan Mulholland had participated in more than fifty civil rights protests including the Freedom Rides and numerous sit-ins across the country.Watch now →
On a snowy night in 1965, Hyattsville, Maryland's DeMatha Catholic High School defeated Lew Alcindor's Power Memorial Academy in what many call the greatest high school hoops game ever played.Learn more →
Enjoy this step through time charting WETA's history from its founding in the 1950s as an educational television station, the addition of a public radio station, and evolution into a major national producer for PBS.See timeline →