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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.

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.

J. Reilly Lewis

Visionary Women at Washington National Cathedral

Bill Bukowski talks with J. Reilly Lewis of the Cathedral Choral Society about the group's multi-media concert event at Washington National Cathedral.

David Hardy and Daniel Foster

The NSO's Don Quixote

David Ginder chats with NSO principals David Hardy and Daniel Foster about the NSO's Don Quixote performances.

Tempesta di Mare

Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone of Tempesta di Mare

Marilyn Cooley talks with Tempesta di Mare's, Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone about the group's upcoming concert with the Folger Consort.

Gisèle Becker

The Cantate Chamber Singers new season celebrates Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday.