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.
Angel Gil-Ordóñez is a regular guest conductor at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. This will be his 5th appearance.
Posted on March 23 at 3 pm
Posted on March 20 at 7 pm
Many thanks to National Public Radio for this interview about our upcoming "Deep River" at Virginia Tech. 200 singers!
There is no more quintessentially American music, than the ‘spiritual.’ First sung by enslaved African-Americans four centuries ago, today its influence is
Posted on March 18 at 1 pm
We are sooo excited about this upcoming release!! Thanks to Perspectives Ensemble and its artistic director Sato Moughalian for her relentless work to make it happen. This CD marks 20 years of collaboration with this amazing group of musicians. A great privilege for me
Atención amigos, en mayo presentamos el Amor brujo de Falla en una flamante nueva versión con la cantaora Esperanza Fernández junto al Perspectives Ensemble bajo la dirección de Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZiTUgzIGe8
Posted on March 12 at 10 am
Really looking forward to working in this Burleigh tribute with the splendid baritone and dear friend Kevin Deas, and the Blacksburg Master Chorale and VT Choirs, both beautifully prepared by their music director Dwight Bigler
We'll welcome bass-baritone Kevin Deas and members of the Blacksburg Master Chorale and VT Choirs as we present "Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual" along with PostClassical Ensemble on Sat., March 23. Join us as we take a closer look at the impact Harry Burleigh, Antonin Dvořák’s assistant, had on turning spirituals into art songs. #gobeyond
Posted on March 7 at 11 am
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My thoughts Blog
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.
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.
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