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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.

Lambert Orkis

Lambert Orkis

The Smithsonian's Castle Trio gives its next concert Sunday April 6 at the Museum of American History, and they will play three works by Beethoven.  The pianist of the trio, Lambert Orkis, spoke with Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley about the concert, the composer, and historic keyboard instruments.

Daniel Abraham

Daniel Abraham

Daniel Abraham leads the Bach Sinfonia in a concert celebrating the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach on Saturday, April 5.

Barry Hemphill

Barry Hemphill

Metropolitan Chorus Artistic Director Barry Hemphill conducts this weekend’s performances of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

Ward Stare

Ward Stare

Ward Stare began his operatic career at age 18 as a trombonist for the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra.  Now he’s conducting the Washington National Opera production of Donizetti’s Elixir of Love.

Jolle Greenleaf

Jolle Greenleaf

The Folger Consort explores the French Baroque fascination with all things Chinese in its concerts this weekend, Le Jardin Chinois:  Music of 18th-Century France, at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre.  In addition to performances by the Chinese erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei, soprano Jolle Greenleaf will be joining the consort.  She stopped by the Classical WETA studios to speak with Marilyn Cooley about her part in the festivities.

Gisele Becker

Gisele Becker

Cantate Chamber Singers' Gisèle Becker on Curlew River.

Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov

Young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, winner of both the Tchaikovsky and Rubenstein competitions, joins the National Symphony Orchestra March 13-15, 2014 to perform Rachnaminoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.  Classical WETA's Deborah Lamberton speaks with Mr. Trifonov about the work, and about the new CD of his sold-out February 2013 Carnegie Hall recital, just released on Deutsche Grammophon.

Brian Ganz

Brian Ganz

Marilyn Cooley talks with Brian Ganz, who continues his Chopin Project with performances of Chopin's First Piano Concerto this weekend with the National Philharmonic.

Antony Walker

Washington Concert Opera conductor Antony Walker

Bill Bukowski chats with Antony Walker, Conductor and Artistic Director of Washington Concert Opera, about WCO's performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Il corsaro.

Kim Witman

Kim Witman

Nicole Lacroix talks with Wolf Trap Opera Company Director Kim Witman about the upcoming production of Winterreise.