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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


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.

Cantus at The Barns at Wolf Trap

The premiere men's vocal ensemble CANTUS makes its Chamber Music at the Barns at Wolf Trap debut Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8 pm. 

James Lee by Scott Suchman

National Chamber Players' founder James Lee

Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton speaks with James Lee, founder of the National Chamber Players, the resident chamber ensemble at Episcopal High School.