Emil de Cou, NSO at Wolf Trap Festival Conductor, admits to being a film nut, which is fortunate for him (and us), as he'll be conducting the National Symphony in two movie and music events. He'll lead the Orchestra in Disney Fantasia live in Concert 2014 July 11th and 12th, and in 2001: A Space Odyssey, July 19th. In this Classical Conversation, Maestro de Cou tells WETA's Nicole Lacroix that seeing Fantasia as a teenager inspired him to become a musician. He also describes the challenges of synchronizing music and film, and explains why the score of 2001: A Space Odyssey requires the largest orchestra the NSO has brought to Wolf Trap in 15 summers.
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Garrett Peck, author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C." discusses the history of brewing in the nation's capital.Watch video →
WETA Channel 26 hit the Washington airwaves on October 2, 1961, when station manager George Baker introduced viewers to WETA's inaugural broadcast, The New Era.Watch first broadcast →