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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

Julian Wachner

Julian Wachner on Handel's Israel In Egypt

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 5 PM, The Washington Chorus accompanied by period instrument ensemble New York Baroque Incorporated presents a single performance of G.F. Handel's dramatic oratorio of the Exodus story, "Israel In Egypt."  Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton and TWC Music Director Julian Wachner talk about the work, and what makes it so much fun to perform.

Bryan Hymel

Tenor Bryan Hymel

Where can you find 19 high C's?  On New Orleans-born tenor Bryan Hymel's debut album for Warner Classics titled "Héroïque: French Opera Arias."  It's our Vocal CD Pick of the Week online at Viva La Voce through May 17, 2015. 

Carmina Burana by Choral Arts

Choral Arts Artistic Director Scott Tucker on their May 17th performance of Carmina Burana.

Leonidas Kavakos

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the NSO

Internationally acclaimed violinist, chamber musician and conductor Leonidas Kavakos continues his decades-long association with the National Symphony Orchestra performing seven concerts during a two-week NSO residency from May 7-16, 2015.


Isabel Leonard

Isabel Leonard

Isabel Leonard chats with Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix about her starring role (alternating with Irish-born Tara Erraught) in Washington National Opera's production of Rossini's Cinderella.  May 9th through the 21st in the Kennedy Center Opera House.  More information at Kennedy-Center.Org.

Anne McLean

Concerts from the Library of Congress Part 2

Library of Congress' Anne McLean with this week's program.

Abel Pereira and Adriana Horne by Scott Suchman

NSO's Adriana Horne and Abel Pereira

Thursday, May 7 - Saturday, May 9, 2015, two new principal players in the National Symphony Orchestra will get a chance to shine in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5: Principal Harp Adriana Horne and Principal Horn Abel Pereira. 

National Symphony

NSO Celli

Three NSO cellists on their performance of Penderecki's Concerto Grosso.

Greg Funfgeld and The Bethlehem Bach Festival

Greg Funfgeld speaks with Bill Bukowski about the 108th Bethlehem Bach Festival.

Michael Tilson Thomas

MTT's New World Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas on the New World Symphony's concert at the Kennedy Center.