David Balakrishnan, violinist, and Mark Summer, cellist, are both founding members of the genre-blending Turtle Island Quartet, established in 1985. Mark’s playing inspired David to write the cello concerto Force of Nature, and it’s being given its world premiere this weekend when Kim Allen Kluge, music director, conducts the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Classical WETA’s Marilyn Cooley talked with David Balakrishnan about music, both playing it and writing it.
This documentary charts the District's rise from the ashes of the 1968 riots to its emergence as a world-class city, featuring first-hand accounts from those who shaped the events of the time.Learn more →
Classical WETA’s online station VivaLaVoce presents classical vocal music in all its forms, from the Middle Ages to the present, 24 hours per day. Featuring Opera, Choral Music, and Art Song, the station offers something for everyone who loves vocal classical music.Learn more →
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 →