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Wed, November 9, 2022 – 7:30 pm Concert in 38 days

Paris at Midnight: Jazz and Surrealism in the 1920s

Theater at the The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Join PostClassical Ensemble for a screening of the classic Surrealist film Entr’acte (René Clair, 1924) with the original score by Erik Satie performed live. The program also includes film footage of Baker dancing and a tribute to jazz great Sidney Bechet. It culminates with Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G featuring soloist Drew Petersen.

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2021-2022

Fri, August 5, 2022 – 7:30 pm

Zlatomir Fung plays Elgar

Crooker Theater, 116 Maquoit Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011

22-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung, the first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, will play Edward Elgar’s Concerto in E Minor for Cello and Orchestra with the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

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Fri, July 15, 2022 – 7:30 pm

Dvořák's Prophecy

Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Ln, Brevard, NC 28712

Based on Joe Horowitz’ book about the path of classical music in America, this multimedia program is a highlight of the 2022 American Voices Festival.

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Wed, April 20, 2022 – 7:30 pm

Mahler Fourth: A Wicked New Look

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Terrace Theater, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566

Mahler Fourth presages the emergence of jazz: the music riffs on itself throughout, replacing “classical” repetition of themes with constant variation. PostClassical Ensemble premieres a new chamber version in which the symphony’s whirling scherzo becomes a concertino for bass trombone, showcasing one of the world’s great instrumentalists, David Taylor.

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Fri, March 18, 2022 – 7:00 pm

Hope in the Night

Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007

PostClassical Ensemble celebrates composer William Dawson and features a forgotten masterpiece from this major Black symphonist.

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Wed, March 2, 2022 – 8:00 pm

The Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra plays Sciarrino, Delius, Perry and Prokofiev

Simon Music Center, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405

As part of Angel Gil-Ordóñez’ regular guest conducting partnership with the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, Gil-Ordóñez plays Sciarrino, Delius, Perry, and Prokofiev.

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Tue, November 30, 2021 – 7:00 pm

Manuel de Falla in Context: The Concerto

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Part of the Music from Spain: A Fall of Concerts classical music series organized by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., the concerto as a whole is a kind of condensation of the history of Spanish music.

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Sun, November 14, 2021 – 5:00 pm

The Souls of Black Folk: Rediscovering Black Classical Music

All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009

PostClassical Ensemble explores the roots of Black classical music, from the sorrow songs that speak to the suffering of enslaved Africans in the United States to the spiritual arrangements of composer Harry Burleigh and the musical prophecies of Antonin Dvorak.

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Thu, November 4, 2021 – 7:30 pm

(Re)Constructing Juan Gris

Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218

This performance by PostClassical Ensemble, produced in collaboration with the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., contextualizes the music in times of the Spanish painter Juan Gris.

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Wed, September 15, 2021 – 8:00 pm

Schubert, Schoenberg, and Márquez

Simon Music Center, 1201 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47405

As part of Angel Gil-Ordóñez’ regular guest conducting partnership with the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, Gil-Ordóñez plays Schubert, Schoenberg, and Márquez.

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Mon, September 13, 2021 – 9:00 pm

PostClassical Ensemble plays Bruckner & Stravinsky

WETA Radio’s Front Row Washington presents classical performances by top local musicians and ensembles. In this episode, listen live to PostClassical Ensemble playing Bruckner & Stravinsky on September 13th at 9 pm.

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2020-2021 season

Fri, July 9, 2021 – 7:30 pm

L'Histoire du Soldat and Berlin Suite 1920: Two Tales for Today

Live! at 10th & G, 945 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

PostClassical Ensemble is joined by award-winning actor Edward Gero to present a striking new version of the Stravinsky classic A Soldier’s Tale with a modern-day moral: Save The Arts! The program also features Daniel Schnyder’s Berlin Suite 1920, in which the gaiety and angst of the Roaring Twenties resonate today.

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Sat, May 8, 2021 – 6:30 pm + Sun, May 9, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Igor Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du Soldat: A Story for Today

Stone Hill Theatrical Foundation, 40 Springwish Ln, Flint Hill, VA 22627

PostClassical Ensemble is joined by world-renowned trombonist David Taylor and award-winning actor Edward Gero, in a new imagining of the Stravinsky classic with a new moral: #SAVETHEARTS.

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Sun, February 7, 2021

Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion

In this online streamed concert, PostClassical Ensemble musicians, reunited for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, play Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion, which may well be the most formidable ever composed by an American.

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Thu, January 21, 2021

The Chairman Mixes: The Baton and The Martini

The Chairman Mixes is a series of chats with cocktail pairings. In this first episode, Ángel Gil-Ordóñez, PostClassical Ensemble’s conductor and music director, joins Douglas Rathbun, PCE’s board chair, looking into the conductor as a profession. The discussion is paired with the 1888 recipe of the classic Martini cocktail.

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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.