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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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Thu, December 7, 2017 – 7:30 pm in 45 days

Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

For Pearl Harbor Day, we juxtapose three galvanizing musical responses to World War II by Dmitri Shostakovich, Arnold Schoenberg, and Hanns Eisler. With the Cathedral Choir and members of PCE conducted by Michael McCarthy and Angel Gil-Ordóñez. This program includes film clips of Pearl Harbor, the Siege of Leningrad, and FDR’s declaration of war on Japan. The concert begins with a wartime Eisler/Brecht workers’ song sung as a processional.

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Sun, November 19, 2017 – 5:00 pm in 27 days

Richard Wagner’s Parsifal and The Valkyrie

The Georgetown University Orchestra, in collaboration with the Wagner Society of Washington DC (WSWDC), presents a selection of musical excerpts from Parsifal and The Valkyrie. With the participation of bass baritone Kevin Deas and tenor William Green, alumnus of The American Wagner Project (a partnership of WSWDC with Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices).

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PostClassical Ensemble

Posted on October 23 at 7 pm

PostClassical Celebrates the Music of Bernard Herrmann

Posted on October 21 at 11 am

One more magnificent PostClassical program at WWFM. This time BERNARD HERRMANN. A treat to work with the magnificent WWFM team.

PostClassical this Friday (10/20) celebrates the music of the "most under-rated 20th-Century American composer," Bernard Herrmann. Author, music historian

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Posted on October 20 at 3 pm

Excellent beginning of the Season with our "The Russian Experiment" program. Vladimir Feltsman was amazing. Many thanks Pam and Chris Denby for the beautiful gathering at your home afterwards.

Tim Fain

Posted on October 6 at 3 pm

Bravo to you Tim Fain!!

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Posted on October 4 at 10 am

Many thanks Scherzo and Ritmo for your rave reviews this month to our Harrison CD. Most honored to have been selected by Scherzo as one of the EXCEPTIONAL CDs in October!

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In the press

Los excepcionales del mes de octubre de 2017

Disc review published on October 04, 2017 in Sherzo

Harrison: Concierto para violín / Grand Duo / Double Music

Disc review published on October 01, 2017 in

The Importance Of Music Education For Youth. A Conversation With Maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

Video published on September 21, 2017

New Release: Hearty Harrison From PostClassical

Podcast published on September 07, 2017 in WBAA | Public Radio from Purdue

PostClassical – Copland and the Cold War

Podcast published on September 01, 2017 in WWFM Classical

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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