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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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Wed, February 28, 2018 – 7:30 pm in 7 days

Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual

Harry Burleigh (1866-1949) is a forgotten hero of American music. Antonin Dvorak’s assistant in New York City from 1892 to 1895, Burleigh was subsequently the composer/singer most responsible for turning spirituals into art songs. His Deep River (1915), a sensation in its day, took an obscure upbeat spiritual and turned it into the reverent song made famous by Burleigh, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson and countless others.

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Sat, March 17, 2018 – 8:30 pm
Sun, March 18, 2018 – 6:00 pm
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Mozart's Gran Partita

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company’s Artistic Director Igal Perry presents the world premiere of his newest full-length work featuring Mozart’s soaring score for wind ensemble, played live by students from the Manhattan School of Music and conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

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Washington National Cathedral

Posted on February 20 at 12 pm

From the cotton fields of the South to the Broadway stage, African American spirituals offered visions of despair, liberation and, ultimately, hope and redemption. But how did this background music of slavery make the leap to pop culture? Celebrate Black History Month at Washington National Cathedral as we explore the legacy of Harry Burleigh, a largely unknown figure who popularized and mainstreamed of African American Spirituals like “Balm in Gilead,” “My Lord What a Mornin” and “Steal Away.”


Posted on February 20 at 12 pm

Million thanks Lynn and Ken. Always a treat and a privilege discussing and listening to wonderful music with you.

Antidote gets churched this week. Great opening track from the new Blind Boys of Alabama album, an incredible piece of songwriting from Mark Erelli (a future Antidote guest), and DC's own Eva Cassidy. All this to set the context for our special guest Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Musical Director of PostClassical Ensemble, who joins us to talk about the upcoming Washington National Cathedral performance of Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual - Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 pm. Go to for more information and tickets. Antidote listners can use the code PCEFRIENDS at checkout for a 20% discount. Until next week. Listen in every Tuesday at 9am on WERA 96.7FM and online at The show repeats Sundays at 4pm and in the UK at 5pm (GMT). Hey, take a look at our new website at

Naxos en Español

Posted on February 20 at 11 am

Muchas gracias Naxos en Español for letting us know about this amazing recognition. A true honor to be selected among the 5 essential recordings of Silvestre Revueltas' music.

Redes / PostClassical Ensemble, dirige Ángel Gil-Ordóñez, Naxos Recordings (DVD) Aunque no se trata de un CD sino de un DVD, esta versión de Redes es un verdadero banquete visual y auditivo tanto para el melómano como para el cinéfilo, y es que no solo se trata de una impecable restauración de la legendaria película codirigida en 1936 por Fred Zinnemann y Emilio Gómez Muriel, sino de un impresionante trabajo de reconstrucción de la partitura original de Revueltas, que hasta hace pocos años solamente se conocía en la forma de suite orquestal. Bajo la batuta de Ángel Gil-Ordóñez, el PostClassical Ensemble ofrece una vigorosa interpretación de una de las obras más sólidas y complejas del compositor duranguense, que entraba así por vez primera al mundo de la música para cine." José Antonio Palafox Música en México DVD disponible en ArkivMusic

Metropolitan A.M.E. Church

Posted on February 19 at 4 pm

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:00 PM, The United Voices of Metropolitan and Area Choirs will be featured in Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual at the Washington National Cathedral Tickets may be purchased by contacting Sister Cynthia Morris. Patrons will be able to get 20% off ticket purchases by using "MetroAME" at checkout on the Cathedral ticket page:

Posted on February 19 at 11 am

Dear New York friends. If you are free on March 17 and 18, it would be a treat to have you attending the new Peridance Contemporary Dance Company's choreography of Mozart's fabulous Gran Partita. I will be conducting selected students from the Manhattan School of Music.

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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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