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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, August 2, 2019 – 7:30 pm in 168 days

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Angel Gil-Ordóñez is a regular guest conductor at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. This will be his 5th appearance.

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Sat, June 1, 2019 – 7:30 pm in 106 days

Beyond Psycho: The Genius of Bernard Herrmann

As Hollywood’s most gifted composer, Bernard Herrmann scored Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and dozens of other memorable films. But he was much more than that.

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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.

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.

Lou Harrison and The Great American Piano Concerto — Reprised

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

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…

An Earful of Indonesian Inspiration - The Georgetowner

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.

Columna | Abrir los oídos

Posted on February 2 at 7 am

The great Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina about our work with PostClassical Ensemble. I have no words!!

A George Gershwin le dio tiempo a crear una síntesis admirable de música culta y popular, de ópera y musical de Broadway

Posted on February 1 at 9 am

Most invigorating to talk yesterday to the participants in the Latin America Leadership Program at Georgetown University. Running an organization or a business has the same essence as conducting an orchestra!

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In the press

Lou Harrison and The Great American Piano Concerto – Reprised

Concert review published on February 08, 2019 in ArtsJournal

An Earful of Indonesian Inspiration

Concert review published on February 08, 2019 in The Georgetowner

Open your ears

Article published on February 04, 2019 in El País

Indonesia and the West

Concert review published on January 31, 2019 in The American Scholar

Does Indonesia matter to Western music? Here’s a 3-hour concert that proves it does

Concert review published on January 24, 2019 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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