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Classical Conversations

Intimate conversations with world-renowned musicians, here at the Classical WETA studios.

Classical WETA's on-air hosts interview prominent classical music performers, composers and artists in this series of intimate audio conversations recorded for ClassicalWETA.org.

Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy

Washington National Cathedral Director of Music Michael McCarthy talks with Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley about the annual performances of Handel's Messiah.

Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Fabiano

Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Fabiano in WCO's Hérodiade

King Herod's lust for his step-daughter Salomé and her love for the prophet John the Baptist intertwine with Queen Herodias' fear and jealousy in Jules Massenet's dramatic masterpiece Hérodiade, presented by Washington Concert Opera on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  Based on Flaubert's take on the biblical story, WCO's production features soprano Joyce El-Khoury as Salomé and tenor Michael Fabiano as John.  Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton caught up with them before rehearsal to talk about the music, the drama, and how the singers' 12-year-friendship enhances their onstage presence.

Photo Credit: Joe Tresh Photography, Inc

Scott Tucker conducts the Berlioz Requiem

Choral Arts performs the Berlioz Requiem, in the first performance in Washington in 15 years.

Lawrence Brownlee

Lawrence Brownlee

Classical WETA’s Nicole Lacroix chats with American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who stars as Tonio in Washington National Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment at the Kennedy Center Opera House, November 12-20, 2016. This “fun and enjoyable show” is famous for its dazzling virtuosity, including the so-called “Everest” of tenor arias, the infamous Ah! Mes amis, quel jour de fête! with its 9 high Cs.

Patrick Dupré Quigley

Patrick Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire

Patrick Dupré Quigley directs Seraphic Fire in a Georgetown concert performance of the Requiems of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Quigley spoke with Classical WETA's Bill Bukowski about what the works share, and how they differ.

Julian Wachner

Julian Wachner

Julian Wachner on the Washington Chorus' performance of Philip Glass' Symphony No. 5.

Joseph Horowitz

Joe Horowitz on Silvestre Revueltas and REDES

Post-Classical Ensemble executive director Joseph Horowitz says PCE "is on a mission" to promote the music of Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, whose first film score was for the 1935 film REDES.

Hilary Hahn

Violinist Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn returns to Washington for the world premiere of the last three of the Partitas for Solo Violin by Abril.

Antony Walker

Maestro Antony Walker, Artistic Director and Conductor of Washington Concert Opera, discusses WCO's 30th anniversary gala concert (September 18th), and the two operas on this season's roster:  Massenet's Herodiade and Beethoven's Leonore.

PostClassical Ensemble

PostClassical Ensemble's Mozart, "Amadeus", and the Gran Partita

PostClassical Ensemble opens their 2016-17 season at Sydney Harmon Hall on Saturday, September 17th at 7:30pm with a program titled Mozart, "Amadeus", and the Gran Partita."