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.
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.
Posted on October 17 at 11 am
DC friends interested in conducting, I'd love to see you there.
Posted on September 25 at 11 am
Really looking forward to my work in October with the most talented young musicians from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington. Britten, Vanhal, and Mozart in the program https://music.indiana.edu/events/#eyJtb2RlIjoiZGV0YWlsIiwiZGF0ZSI6IjIwMTgxMDMxIiwiY2F0ZWdvcnki%20Om51bGwsInJlc3VsdENvdW50IjoyMCwiZXZlbnQiOiI5NzM5OSIsInJldHVybkhhc2giOiJleUp0YjJSbElqb2laWF%20psYm5STWFYTjBJaXdpWkdGMFpTSTZJakl3TVRneE1ETXhJaXdpWTJGMFpXZHZjbmtpT201MWJHd3NJbkpsYzNWc2RF%20TnZkVzUwSWpveU1IMD0ifQ%3D%3D
Posted on September 24 at 12 pm
"Your beauty and grace leaves those who cross your path in awe..." Well, WNYC really knows how to flatter a conductor (on a Monday, no less)! Try this welcome midday distraction: Which New York City Concert Hall Are You? I got Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC. Share your results in the comments! https://www.wqxr.org/story/which-new-york-city-concert-hall-are-you/
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Posted on September 21 at 12 pm
On a gloomy day like this, it's nice to look back at some well deserved recognition for PostClassical Ensemble's 18-19 Season, courtesy of the Washington Post Fall Arts Guide. Our Nov. 5 season-opening concert at the Washington National Cathedral honoring Walt Whitman gets a nice plug. Check out the rest of PCE's upcoming shows: postclassical.com.
Posted on August 30 at 11 am
What a treat to work with this extraordinary young baritone, Alfredo García. Fabulous Don Quijote for Falla's Retablo de Maese Pedro
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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