The Emerson String Quartet has performed concert series at the Smithsonian for over 30 years, and on Saturday May 11, the Smithsonian Associates will present the quartet in its final performance with David Finckel as cellist. When the quartet returns for next season’s concerts, their new cellist, Paul Watkins, will be with the group. David Finckel will not be slowing down, though; he has a busy schedule of diverse musical activities to look forward to. He came to the Classical WETA Studios to chat with Marilyn Cooley about his rich and diverse musical life.
The co-production of Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures, WETA and Ark Media, produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman, tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions.Watch a preview →
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 →