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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

Anne McLean

Concerts from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress radio series on WETA.

Photo of Corinne Winters by Rebecca Fay

Corinne Winters

Soprano Corinne Winters discusses her April 30th Kennedy Center Terrace Theater appearance with The New York Festival of Song under the auspices of Vocal Arts DC.  The program, with pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, tenor Theo Lebow and baritone Alexey Lavrov, celebrates the poetry of Spain.  Thursday, April 30th at 7:30 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.  More information at

Corinne also speaks about her debut album with Steven Blier, Canción Amorosa:  Songs of Spain for which she had to learn four different Spanish dialects. The CD is Viva La Voce's Vocal CD Pick of the Week for the week of April 20th. More information at


Two musicians from the string quintet SYBARITE5 discuss their upcoming Barns at Wolf Trap concert, "The Shuffle Effect," where the players press shuffle on an iPod and play whatever piece shows up on the screen. Violinist Sarah Whitney and violist Angela Pickett spoke with Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix about the diversity of their repertoire, which ranges from Mozart to radiohead, and Piazzola to Romanian gypsy music. The Shuffle Effect, at the Barns at Wolf Trap, Friday, April 24 at 8 pm.  Information at

Noel Edison on his Poulenc CD

Noel Edison on Poulenc's choral music.

Loren Kitt by Scott Suchman

Loren Kitt

NSO Principal Clarinet Loren Kitt performs Mozart's Clarinet Concerto April 16-18, 2015 with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Scott Tucker on The Bells

Choral Arts' Scott Tucker on Rachmaninoff's Poe-inspired The Bells.

Rodrigo Terraza

Rodrigo Tarraza with the Folger Consort

Flutist Rodrigo Tarraza with the Folger Consort.

Marin Alsop (Photo by Kym Thomson)

Marin Alsop: Off the Cuff

The BSO's next Off the Cuff focuses on Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony.

Poulenc Trio

The Baltimore-based Poulenc Trio performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap April 10, 2015 at 8 pm.  Their program includes Beethoven's Piano Trio, Op.11 "Gassenhauer", Alfred Schnittke's Suite in the Old Style, Op.28 with readings by poet Lia Purpura from her book It Shouldn't have Been Beautiful, and the finale "Jaunty" from Andre Previn's Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon.  The second half of the concert features Triptico by Octavio Vasquez and their signature piece, Francis Poulenc's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.

NOW Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez

Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and New Orchestra of Washington

WETA's Deb Lamberton spoke with Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez about the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW,)  its philosophy, upcoming concerts, and its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to record their first CD.