About Angel Gil-Ordóñez
A frequent guest conductor across Europe, the United States and Latin America, Angel Gil-Ordóñez holds the positions of Music Director/Conductor of PostClassical Ensemble in Washington, D.C., Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra. He also serves as advisor for education and programming for Trinitate Philharmonia, a program in León, Mexico, modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema.
Angel Gil-Ordóñez is a regular guest conductor at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. This will be his 5th appearance.
Posted on February 20 at 11 am
Many thanks to Ambassador and Mrs. Varuzhan Nersesyan for hosting us last night at the Armenian Embassy. Our dear friends Annie Totah, Dr. Vicken Poochikian and Irene Roth were with us. Extraordinary playing by the spectacular cellist Narek Hakhnazarian, and our star concertmaster Nati Draiblate. PostClassical Ensemble will create this coming season a festival telling the story of the Armenian culture and its peoples
Posted on February 16 at 11 am
Thanks to the Brevard Music Festival for the invitation to conduct this summer the program "Copland and Mexico". July 13! https://secure.brevardmusic.org/online/default.asp?fbclid=IwAR3y-0ES35YMg75bH6pO_2zWJ2pHWlKGEJhuXXJG0q60EML3Y-efgILF8H4
National Endowment for the Arts Announces More than $27 Million in Grants Reaching All 50 States, DC, and Puerto Rico
Posted on February 14 at 4 pm
A great honor for PostClassical Ensemble to be again this year the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. https://www.arts.gov/news/2019/national-endowment-arts-announces-more-27-million-grants-reaching-all-50-states-dc-and?fbclid=IwAR0AnipW7kaBg9wnUeddfQWppL57CS6ixdsPZaWk4qCzKTC1WVrFKEsU5pA
Washington, DC— With today’s announcement of more than $27 million in grants, the National Endowment for the Arts is continuing its efforts to provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts.
Posted on February 9 at 11 am
One more account of our recent "Cultural Fusion", this time on ArtsJournal by our brilliant Executive Director, music historian Joseph Horowitz https://www.artsjournal.com/uq/2019/02/lou-harrison-and-the-great-american-piano-concerto-reprised.html
Eight years ago, on the occasion of PostClassical Ensemble’s first performance of Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto with Benjamin Pasternack as soloist, I wrote in this space: “The music of Lou Harriso…
Posted on February 8 at 6 pm
Many thanks Richard Selden and The Georgetowner!
PostClassical Ensemble presented “Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience” at Washington National Cathedral on Jan. 27.
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My thoughts Blog
Working on Spanish repertoire –the music with which I started my career as a conductor– has helped me to understand the music of all cultures. Consider the internationally popular Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. The fact that Almodóvar is so unusual, so local (not just to Spain, but to Madrid), so true to his own vicinity in rendering feeling and experience – this is what makes him so universal. The more I studied the composers of Spain, the more I was able to appreciate the German or French repertoire – or, in the case of tonight’s concert, the music of Mexico.
Tomas Luis de Victoria is a product of the Siglo de Oro (“The Golden Century”) when Spain was the dominant European nation, Philip II was the powerful Spanish king – and Victoria was Europe’s greatest composer. He was born in Avila in 1548. He went to Rome as a young man and was befriended by Palestrina – the leading Italian church composer of the time. He succeeded Palestrina at the Roman Seminary in 1571 and was ordained a priest four years later. But he yearned to return to Spain, which he did some time in the 1590s as chaplain to the widowed sister of Philip II, living in a convent. He died in 1611, having in effect retired from the world.
What they say about Angel Reviews
Invigorating… Gil-Ordóñez led a vital rendition.Alex Ross The New Yorker
Angel Gil-Ordóñez' insight into Shostakovich's music is astounding.Solomon Volkov author of Testimony