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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.

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Fri, March 30, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Sat, March 31, 2018 – 2:00 pm
in 11 days

The New Babylon: The Soviet silent film classic with Shostakovich’s score

This astonishing culminating achievement of the Soviet silent film era is an historical epic both whimsical and tragic, set during the 1871 Paris Commune. It is the first of Shostakovich’s historic collaborations with filmmaker Grigori Kozintsev —a relationship ending with their epochal King Lear of 1971.

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Sat, April 21, 2018 – 3:00 pm in 33 days

The Star of Ethiopia: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Historic Visits to D.C. (1904-1910)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was a black British composer who catapulted to fame with his 1898 oratorio Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.

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PostClassical Ensemble

Posted on March 15 at 6 pm

In NYC This weekend? Mozart on the move: Peridance Contemporary Dance Center premieres a new choreography to Mozart's Gran Partita conducted by PostClassical Ensemble's Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor. This world premiere comes after the successful partnership with Peridance founder Igal Perry and PostClassical Ensemble in last season's Mozart, Amadeus, and the Gran Partita. Tickets:

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor

Posted on March 14 at 9 pm

Really invigorating to work with these talented students from the Manhattan School of Music and the phenomenal dancers from Peridance. Igal Perry has created a most elegant and innovative choreography. NY friends, don’t miss it!

Really looking forward to it!

“Deep River”: Celebrating the “Art of the Spiritual” at the National Cathedral

Posted on March 10 at 6 pm

Many thanks to FestivalDC for this excellent review of our recent “Deep River” at the Washington National Cathedral

Celebrating the final day of Black History Month, the National Cathedral showcased the African American Spiritual as one of the great art music forms of American Culture, in a concert commemorating composer Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949).

Posted on March 7 at 6 pm

World Premiere of Gran Partita Saturday, March 17th at 8:30pm Sunday, March 18th at 6pm followed by Q+A with the cast Artistic Director Igal Perry's newest full-length work features Mozart's soaring score for wind ensemble, played live by students from the Manhattan School of Music and conducted by....

The Youth of Maxim

Posted on March 7 at 6 pm

Peggy Parsons, Director of Film Programs at the National Gallery of Art, is one of our greatest collaborators and supporters. Many thanks Peggy for the screening of two more Kozintsev masterpieces this weekend in conjunction with our upcoming "The New Babylon" at AFI later this month. I am honored to say a few words of introduction in both screenings.

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In the press

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

Ángel Gil-Ordóñez y su público norteamericano

Article published on December 07, 2017 in Beckmsser

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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