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.
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