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About Angel Gil-Ordóñez

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.

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Performances

Sun, August 26, 2018 – 7:00 pm in 67 days

El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) and Master Peter's Puppet Show

Perspectives Ensemble collaborates with visual artist Kevork Mourad to create an audiovisual and musical experience that transports you on a multimedia journey through Spain. The program includes two classical works by the great Spanish composer Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo and Master Peter’s Puppet Show.

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Sat, August 25, 2018 – 8:00 pm in 66 days

Two Masterpieces by the Great Spanish Composer Manuel de Falla

Perspectives Ensemble collaborates with visual artist Kevork Mourad to create an audiovisual and musical experience that transports you on a multimedia journey through Spain. The program includes two classical works by the great Spanish composer Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo and Master Peter’s Puppet Show.

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News

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Posted on June 20 at 11 am

Posting as much for the illustration as the article. For those of you wondering, sharks prefer jazz to classical music. Jury is still out on whether they have a palate for classical conductors, but I surely will not be leading that study... (c/o BBC Music Magazine and CNN) https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/18/health/sharks-like-jazz-over-classical-music-trnd/index.html

University of Maryland School of Music

Posted on June 19 at 4 pm

Most proud and privileged to count on Chris Gekker as Postclassical Ensemble’s principal. CONGRATULATIONS, Chris!!!

Bowdoin International Music Festival

Posted on June 19 at 9 am

In the run-up to guest conducting at the Bowdoin International Music Festival this summer, I shared some sentiments about the Festival. First video is up! Who wouldn't want to mix work and fun in Maine? The DC heat has me good and ready for a trip north to work with Narek Hakhnazaryan and Itamar Zorman.

Talking with Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor: What is your favorite part of coming to the Festival each summer?

Clarinetist discovers his ex-girlfriend faked a rejection letter from his dream school

Posted on June 15 at 10 am

When classical music and soap operas collide. Perhaps a lesson when I'm guest conducting students at Bowdoin International Music Festival this summer... guard your passwords! Glad to see that the young clarinetist persevered and didn't abandon his training

A judge in Canada awarded Eric Abramovitz $350,000 in damages caused by his girlfriend's “reprehensible betrayal of trust” that delayed his career as a professional clarinetist.

PostClassical

Posted on May 26 at 11 am

For all the friends that can not attend our PostClassical Ensemble performances, we have the privilege of being featured bimonthly at WWFM. An amazing privilege. The next program will be dedicated to Gershwin with live performances of Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, and Cuban Overture. Many thanks to David Osenberg and Bill McGlaughlin. Listen here to past programs: http://wwfm.org/programs/postclassical#stream/0

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In the press

PostClassical Revels in Music of Revueltas

Podcast published on April 20, 2018 in WWFM Classical

Doppelgängers What does Schubert sound like on a jazzy bass trombone?

Article published on February 01, 2018 in The American Scholar

At the altar of change. PostClassical Becomes Ensemble-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral

Article published on December 21, 2017 in The Washington Diplomat

Schubert 'Uncorked'

Podcast published on December 15, 2017 in WWFM Classical

PostClassical Ensemble takes up new Cathedral residence with music of protest

Concert review published on December 11, 2017 in The Washington Post

My thoughts Blog

Reflections on Silvestre Revueltas

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.

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Victoria, Falla and the Spanish tradition

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.

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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

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