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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

Thu, August 22, 2019 – 6:30 pm in 38 days

Music and Migration: The Spiritual in White America

In conjunction with the Phillips’s exhibition The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, PostClassical Ensemble presents two programs of music, readings, commentary, and visual art.

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Thu, August 15, 2019 – 6:30 pm in 31 days

Music and Migration: The Reinvention of Arnold Schoenberg

In conjunction with the Phillips’s exhibition The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, PostClassical Ensemble presents two programs of music, readings, commentary, and visual art.

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Bowdoin International Music Festival

Posted on July 12 at 6 pm

Friends in Maine. Beethoven Triple Concerto, August 2.

Naxos en Español

Posted on July 9 at 8 pm

"Y es para deleite del escucha contemporáneo que Naxos Records editó este magnífico CD, donde el maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor y el Perspectives Ensemble, acompañados de un puñado de solistas de primerísimo nivel —la cantaora Esperanza Fernández (quien hace una verdadera creación personal del personaje de Candela), la soprano estadounidense Jennifer Zetlan como el trujamán, el barítono español Alfredo García como Don Quijote y el tenor mexicano Jorge Garza como Maese Pedro— nos ofrecen una vigorosa e inspirada interpretación de estas dos grandes obras de Manuel de Falla. A destacar particularmente la clara y equilibrada lectura de la esperada Danza ritual del fuego en El amor brujo, así como la absorbente atmósfera lograda a lo largo de El retablo de Maese Pedro. Como referencia inmediata tenemos la grabación que de estas mismas obras hizo en 1990 la Orquesta de Cambra Teatre Lliure de Barcelona bajo la dirección de Josep Pons con la cantaora Ginesa Ortega, el sopranista Joan Martin, el barítono Iñaki Fresán y el tenor Joan Cabero, la cual se encuentra editada bajo el sello Harmonia Mundi. Invitamos al lector a escucharlas ambas, porque en cada una encontrará distintos detalles que enriquecerán su percepción del genio creativo de Manuel de Falla." Música en México. Pueden escuchar o adquirir esta grabacion de Naxos aquí: https://Naxos.lnk.to/elamorbrujo

Bucklesweet

Posted on July 9 at 7 pm

Check it out - free download from Classical KDFC for Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor & Perspectives Ensemble’s new Falla recording. This steamy release is perfect for a hot July!

Haydn Festival – PostClassical Ensemble

Posted on July 5 at 4 pm

Announced yesterday! MUSIC FOR A GREAT SPACE at the WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL Program 3 of 3 https://postclassical.com/performances/haydnfest/

Franz Joseph Haydn used a new musical language to invent the symphony, the concerto, the string quartet, the piano trio, and the piano sonata.

The Color of Pomegranates – PostClassical Ensemble

Posted on July 5 at 4 pm

Announced yesterday! MUSIC FOR A GREAT SPACE at the WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL Program 2 of 3

Our Armenian festival introduces DC audiences to the singular Armenian/Syrian artist Kevork Mourad (winner of Germany’s 2019 Robert Bosch Stiftung prize for animation), who creates animated artwork in real time in response to live music.

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New disc release

Falla: El amor brujo (1915 original version) / El retablo de Maese Pedro

In the press

Distinctive and Different Falla from Gil-Ordóñez

Disc review published on June 25, 2019 in ClassicsToday.com

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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