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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, December 7, 2017 – 7:30 pm in 111 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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Fri, July 14, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Anne Akiko Meyers plays Mendelssohn

This year the Bowdoin International Music Festival features Anne Akiko Meyers, one of the world’s leading violin soloists. Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducts the Festival’s orchestra for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64.

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Posted on August 15 at 7 am

We lost a genius 21 years ago. Muchas gracias querido Maestro Celibidache.

Foundation for Iberian Music

Posted on August 1 at 10 pm

Many thanks Antoni Pizá for this post. Perspectives Ensemble and I are most honored to be the Ensemble in Residence at the Foundation for Iberian Music, which Antoni PIzá directs.

Ángel Gil-Ordóñez is back in the news! He and his work with PostClassical Ensemble were recently featured in two recent articles in the Washington Post.

The Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on July 28 at 12 pm

Thanks Naxos!!

"You either love Lou's music or you haven't heard it yet." Featuring performances by Grammy–winning artists Third Coast Percussion and Paul Jacobs, tickets for the Lou Harrison Music Marathon are on sale now at bit.ly/2tZbVRI.

Redes by Silvestre Revueltas

Posted on July 24 at 7 am

I´m sharing with you the playlist of Redes. Hope you enjoy it!

The classic 1935 Mexican film Redes with a newly recorded soundtrack of the score by Silvestre Revueltas and cinematography by Paul Strand. Named “Recording of the Month” by The Los Angeles Times.

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Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

On Thursday, December 07, 2017 at 6:30 pm
At National Cathedral In Washington Dc / Washington 20016

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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.

Program
 Hanns Eisler: The Hollywood Songbook (excerpts)
 Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2
 Arnold Schoenberg: The Ode to Napoleon
Artists
 William Sharp, baritone
 Alexander Shtarkman, piano
 PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
 The Cathedral Choir conducted by Michael McCarthy
 Commentary by James Loeffler

Anne Akiko Meyers plays Mendelssohn

On Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm
At Brunswick High School (Maine) / Brunswick 04011

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This year the Bowdoin International Music Festival features Anne Akiko Meyers, one of the world’s leading violin soloists. In addition to performances with great orchestras around the globe, her career achievements count 35 albums (including the 2014 Billboard Classical top seller), world premieres of compositions by Corigliano, Higdon, and Rautavaara, among many others, and television features including "The Tonight Show."

Her performances of Mendelssohn’s "Violin Concerto" with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra were met with rave reviews. Also on tonight’s program, Jennifer Higdon’s luminous chamber work, and Mozart’s showpiece for oboe, performed by Festival artist James Austin Smith.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
James Austin Smith, oboe • Kurt Sassmannshaus, violin • SoHui Yun, viola • Ahrim Kim, cello

JENNIFER HIGDON
Light Refracted
Bixby Kennedy, clarinet • David Bowlin, violin • Kunjing Dai, viola • Keiko Ying, cello • Peter Basquin, piano

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin • Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor • Festival Orchestra

Cultural Leadership Breakfast at the George Town Club

On Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8:00 am
At The George Town Club / Washington 20007

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Angel Gil-Ordóñez, music director of PostClassical Ensemble, which he cofounded with Joseph Horowitz in 2003, will be the next presenter in Georgetown Media Group’s Cultural Leadership Breakfast Series.
An “experimental orchestral laboratory,” PostClassical Ensemble’s mission is “to create a radical alternative symphonic model for the 21st Century, fostering multi-genre approaches that resonate far beyond the concert hall.” Most recently, the ensemble presented “Music Under Stalin” at the DCJCC, Sidney Harman Hall and the National Gallery of Art and “A Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration” at the Embassy of Indonesia.
Former associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, the Madrid-born Gil-Ordóñez studied in Germany with legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache, as well as with composer-conductor Pierre Boulez and composer Iannis Xenakis. In addition to his position with PostClassical Ensemble, Gil-Ordóñez is music director of the Georgetown University Orchestra and principal guest conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble.

Tickets to the breakfast are $25 ($20 for George Town Club members). To RSVP, email richard@georgetowner.com or call 202-338-4833.

Film screening: Redes

On Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 7:00 pm
At Americas Society / New York 10065

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A singular coming together of talents, Redes, commissioned by a progressive Mexican government, was co-written and shot by photographer Paul Strand, with a score by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. PostClassical Ensemble, led by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, recently recorded the soundtrack for the release of the restored version of the film for Naxos.

Perspectives Ensemble (Sato Moughalian, Artistic Director), conducted by Gil-Ordóñez, will begin the evening with performances of Revueltas' Ocho por Radio (1933) and "Duelo" from Homenaje a Federico García Lorca (1936) for chamber orchestra.

A panel discussion, featuring PostClassical Ensemble Executive Director Joseph Horowitz, conductor Gil Ordóñez, and moderator Carlos Gutierrez (Cinema Tropical), will be held prior to the screening of the film. This event marks the New York premiere of the restored version of the film.

Perspectives Ensemble

Cornelius Duffalo, Nurit Pacht violins
Wendy Sutter cello
Stephen Sas contrabass
Sato Moughalian piccolo, Artistic Director
Meighan Stoops clarinet
Monica Ellis bassoon
Thomas Hoyt, Joshua Frank trumpets
Thomas Hutchinson trombone
Morris Kainuma tuba
Christopher Oldfather piano
Jeffrey Irving percussion
Angel Gil-Ordóñez conductor

Registration required.

Follow the link for further information http://www.as-coa.org/events/film-screening-redes

Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration

On Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
At Indonesian Embassy - Washington, DC / Washington 20036

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Lou Harrison (1917-2003) was a supreme practitioner of world music before there was a name for it. His masterly synthesis of Indonesian and Western traditions produced music that is fragrant, hypnotic, and original.

On April 24, PostClassical Ensemble celebrates the Harrison Centenary at the picturesque Indonesian Embassy with a program sublimely combining a Javanese gamelan with Western instruments.

More information: https://www.gilordonez.com/performances/

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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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