Preview of: Classical Conversations

The series kicked off April 29, with a discussion led by two-time Grammy Award winner Sasha Cooke between American composers Jake Heggie and Nico Muhly. The second Classical Conversation was streamed May 2. Acclaimed violinist Leila Josefowicz and celebrated composer John Adams came together in a spirited chat hosted by Abhijit Sengupta, the director of artistic planning at Carnegie Hall.

Coming up in the Classical Conversations series: American jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch will share stories with iconic pianist Emanuel Ax on Wednesday, June 16, in a discussion hosted by arts presenter Ken Fischer.

The free event begins at 7 pm. Registration in advance is required.


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“The Hamlen-Palm Series has been such a unique opportunity for classical music fans to experience extraordinary talent in an exclusive setting,” Classical Action Director Denise Roberts Hurlin said. “We are so fortunate to have found a temporary alternative to the in-person concerts that will allow us all to gather virtually and hear insider stories and insight from the best in the business. While so many people are missing connection to music and art, we’re excited to help create a temporary bridge through Classical Conversations.”