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Wed, February 28, 2018 – 7:30 pm in 80 days

Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Harry Burleigh (1866-1949) is a forgotten hero of American music. Antonin Dvorak’s assistant in New York City from 1892 to 1895, Burleigh was subsequently the composer/singer most responsible for turning spirituals into art songs. His Deep River (1915), a sensation in its day, took an obscure upbeat spiritual and turned it into the reverent song made famous by Burleigh, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson and countless others.

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Fri, March 30, 2018 – 8:30 pm + Sat, March 31, 2018 – 2:00 pm in 110 days

The New Babylon: The Soviet silent film classic with Shostakovich’s score

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This astonishing culminating achievement of the Soviet silent film era is an historical epic both whimsical and tragic, set during the 1871 Paris Commune. It is the first of Shostakovich’s historic collaborations with filmmaker Grigori Kozintsev —a relationship ending with their epochal King Lear of 1971.

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Sat, April 21, 2018 – 3:00 pm in 132 days

The Star of Ethiopia: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Historic Visits to D.C. (1904-1910)

Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, O St NW & 37th St, Washington, DC 20007

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was a black British composer who catapulted to fame with his 1898 oratorio Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.

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2017-2018 season

Thu, December 7, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

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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Sun, December 3, 2017 – 5:00 pm Free admission

Celebrate The Messiah

Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20005

The Music and Creative Arts Ministry of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will host its 41st presentation of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 5 pm. Leading the performance will be Spanish-born guest conductor Angel Gil-Ordoñez, Music Director for Washington, D.C.’s adventurous PostClassical Ensemble and also the Georgetown University Orchestra. This performance marks first time in the church’s history that the ministry of music has partnered with both institutions for the annual Handel’s Messiah performance.

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Sun, November 19, 2017 – 5:00 pm Free admission

Richard Wagner’s Parsifal and The Valkyrie

Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th & O Streets, N.W., Washington, DC 20057

The Georgetown University Orchestra, in collaboration with the Wagner Society of Washington DC (WSWDC), presents a selection of musical excerpts from Parsifal and The Valkyrie. With the participation of bass baritone Kevin Deas and tenor William Green, alumnus of The American Wagner Project (a partnership of WSWDC with Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices).

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Thu, October 19, 2017 – 7:30 pm Free admission

The Russian Experiment

Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

PostClassical Ensemble and American University’s Carmel Institute of Russian History & Culture present The Russian Experiment: Soviet Culture of the twenties with pianist Vladimir Feltsman.

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2016-2017 season

Fri, July 14, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Anne Akiko Meyers plays Mendelssohn

Brunswick High School, Crooker Theater, 116 Maquoit Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011

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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Thu, May 4, 2017 – 7:00 pm Free admission

Screening of "Redes"

Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065

Join Perspectives Ensemble at the Americas Society for a performance of works by Silvestre Revueltas, followed by a screening of the Mexican film Redes and panel discussion.

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Mon, April 24, 2017 – 8:00 pm

A Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration

Embassy of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Join PostClassical Ensemble at the Indonesian Embassy to listen to Lou Harrison’s work in his centenary celebration, with commentaries by Gamelan Scholar and Professor Sumarsam.

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Sat, April 22, 2017 – 8:00 pm Free admission

Music for Cuba Exchange

Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th St NW & O St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Twelve Georgetown University students and two faculty members participated in the first part of the Music for Cuba exchange March 5-12 in Cuba, including daily rehearsals, sectionals and workshops with the Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana teachers. The second part of the exchange for the Lyceum musicians’ trip to Georgetown University from April 16-24 features this culminating free joint concert on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8 pm in GU’s Gaston Hall.

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Sat, March 25, 2017 – 12:00 am

Music Under Stalin: Inmersion experience

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC, 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dmitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg influenced one another over the course of a remarkable creative conversation. The sparse “late style” of both composers arose collaboratively, and so did their use of Jewish themes.

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Sat, February 4, 2017 – 7:30 pm

The Trumpet Shall Sound

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

A program of spirituals and religious arias connecting My Lawd, What a Mornin’ and Handel’s Hallelujah chorus.

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Fri, September 23, 2016 – 8:00 pm

A Tribute to Silvestre Revueltas with Spain's Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra

Teatro Monumental, Calle de Atocha, 65, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Silvestre Revueltas —a master Mexican composer whose time will come— composed one of the greatest of all film scores for one of the most beautifully photographed films ever made: Redes. This program celebrates the complete film score of Redes in its Spanish premiere. The first half of the program presents the film in its cultural and historical context, as a genuine result of the Mexican Revolution.

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Sat, September 17, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Mozart, “Amadeus”, and the Gran Partita

Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducts PostClassical Ensemble in Mozart, Amadeus, and the Gran Partita, a one-of-a-kind program including an actor, a wind ensemble, a courtly minuet and new choreography by Igal Perry. Known as the Gran Partita, Mozart’s Wind Serenade in B-flat major is the most famous of all such serenades. The performance will feature dancers from the Washington Ballet Studio Company and pianist Philip Hosford as Salieri.

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2015-2016 season highlights

Sun, May 1, 2016 – 3:30 pm

Schnyderfest: Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra

National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

The Swiss-American composer Daniel Schnyder is a master of stylistic fusion; his influences range from Bach and the demonic Schubert to Kurt Weill and Duke Ellington.

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Sun, April 17, 2016 – 3:30 pm

Psycho: A Narrative For String Orchestra

National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

A towering figure in 20th-century American music, Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) has long been stigmatized as a “Hollywood composer.” Though he is our supreme composer for film (Citizen Kane, Vertigo, North by Northwest, etc.), his concert output remains unknown. He composed the fascinating soundtrack for Psycho, one of Hitchcock’s greatest hits.

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Previous season highlights

Sun, November 4, 2012 – 6:30 pm

Shostakovich Festival

National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. This three-week festival —interpreting Shostakovich the man, Shostakovich the composer, and specific Shostakovich compositions— comprised three concerts at the National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Concerts, and Georgetown University, as well as four film events at the National Gallery.

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Tue, September 21, 2010 – 8:00 pm

The Gershwin Project: Russian Gershwin

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

No other American composer straddles as many musical worlds. In the realm of popular song and jazz, Gershwin’s genius has long been celebrated. In the world of classical music, he was long marginalized as a “pops” composer —but no longer. PostClassical Ensemble explores “interpreting Gershwin” —the man and the music.

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Sat, April 17, 2010 – 8:00 pm

Falla and Flamenco

Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Manuel de Falla, Spain’s most famous composer, used Flamenco to revitalize Spanish music after a century of somnolence. El Corregidor y la Molinera (The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife) is an early version of Falla’s beloved The Three-Cornered Hat and exemplifies the haunting cante jondo of Flamenco song and the dramatic exuberance of Flamenco dance. Choreographed by Spain’s renowned Ramón Oller, this new production –featuring dancers from Barcelona and New York– is part of the international celebration of Spain’s Spring 2010 Presidency of the European Union.

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Want to know more about Gil-Ordóñez? Listen to WWFM’s series of podcast for a deep dive into his work with PostClassical Ensemble and what motivates and fascinates him as a conductor.