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About Angel Gil-Ordóñez

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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Performances

Wed, January 23, 2019 – 7:30 pm in 68 days

Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience

This unique mega-event, which will transform Washington National Cathedral’s Great Nave into an exotic cultural kaleidoscope, includes both Javanese and Balinese gamelan with dancers, archival films, and much more.

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Sat, December 8, 2018 – 7:00 pm in 22 days

Redes

A 50-piece orchestra conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez performs Silvestre Revueltas’ searing score for the Mexican film masterpiece Redes (1936).

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Posted on November 12 at 11 am

CONFIRMED. I will be conducting Silvestre Revueltas' "Redes" in December within the Latin American Film Festival in Havana, as a special event for their 40th anniversary. Stay tuned for more!

Naxos en Español

Posted on October 30 at 1 pm

Many thanks Naxos for including us. Great memories of this performance and recording with Tim Fain

Para los amantes de la percusión no se pierdan esta playlist especialmente compilada por unCLASSIFIED con la Detroit Symphony Orchestra Nashville Symphony Albany Symphony Orchestra Dame Evelyn Glennie PostClassical Ensemble entre otros! https://Naxos.lnk.to/percussionhits

Washington National Cathedral

Posted on October 25 at 1 pm

Join us to celebrate a beacon of Democracy and Solidarity in the USA and abroad.

On the eve of the midterm elections, we explore the ideals of American identity through music inspired by the great Walt Whitman. We've seen more than enough division lately; join as we mark Whitman's upcoming 200th birthday and come together to reimagine the American dream.

When Walt Whitman Reported for The New York Times

Posted on October 24 at 9 pm

Most timely for our Nov 5 program at the Washington National Cathedral https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/22/insider/walt-whitman-new-york-times.html

To supplement his salary, the famed poet worked as a freelance journalist and provided looks inside military hospitals during the Civil War.

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In the press

Falla!

Concert review published on August 27, 2018 in The New Yorker

Ángel Gil-Ordóñez: Infravaloramos a nuestras audiencias y lo que hay que hacer es retarlas

Interview published on July 09, 2018 in Konpartitu Magazine

PostClassical Revels in Music of Revueltas

Podcast published on April 20, 2018 in WWFM Classical

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

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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