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Q&A with Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Interview published on February 08, 2023 in The Georgetowner

Maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Spanish-born American conductor, founder of the PostClassical Ensemble — and our February cover model — spoke with The Georgetowner about his passion for music, what he loves about the D.C. arts scene and his upcoming projects.

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Ángel Gil-Ordóñez: “En Europa tenemos una visión muy confundida de EE.UU.”

Interview published on September 01, 2021 in La Vanguardia in Spanish

PostClassical Ensemble, la plataforma musical creada por el director de orquesta español afincado en Washington y el musicólogo Joseph Horowitz, lleva dos décadas reinventando la música clásica en Estados Unidos.

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Entrevistas: Ángel Gil-Ordóñez

Interview published on December 01, 2020 in Scherzo in Spanish

In reference to Bernard Herrmann (1911–1975): Whitman – Souvenirs de voyage – Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra

[…] His latest album on the Naxos label is dedicated to composer Bernard Herrmann, author of the soundtracks for some of Hitchcock’s most famous films. The record offers the absolute first recording of Whitman, a radio drama whose music Herrmann composed in 1944 on texts of the great American poet.

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A musical job unlike any other: A talk with Angel Gil-Ordóñez of the PostClassical Ensemble

Interview published on October 15, 2019 in DC Metro Theater Arts

In reference to Native American Inspirations: From Spillville to Pine Ridge

The Ensemble’s latest innovative programming series, with the South Dakota Symphony, examines the controversial relationship of Native American and American identity through music.

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Conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez Embraces Sublime Experience With Classical Music

Interview published on April 04, 2019 in Classical Post

Conductor Angel Gil-Ordoñez has always had a passion for music. So much so, that he convinced his parents to let him study music in college at the Madrid Conservatory of Music, as long as he would first study Engineering at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. He completed both degrees and then continued with his musical education and career.

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Angel of Music

Interview published on April 01, 2019 in Modern Luxury

Silence –it’s in the still seconds as a a conductor raises his arms. It’s also what Angel Gil-Ordóñez, music director of DC-based PostClassical Ensemble, calls the “condition” for sound. “As my teacher and mentor, Sergiu Celibidache, used to say, “Sound is not music,” he recalls. “Sound, under certain circumstances, can become music.”

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Food, friends and music: How Angel Gil-Ordóñez would spend a free day in D.C.

Interview published on March 07, 2019 in The Washington Post

I love conducting so much, a dream day would include rehearsing a Haydn symphony in one of my favorite spaces in Washington, the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress. When I conduct Haydn, I am the happiest person in the world. I love his sense of humor and simplicity. Everything is so clear, and at the same time so fine, so elegant. The Coolidge Auditorium is such an intimate space, it was made for chamber music.

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Ángel Gil-Ordóñez: Infravaloramos a nuestras audiencias y lo que hay que hacer es retarlas

Interview published on July 09, 2018 in Konpartitu Magazine in Spanish

El maestro madrileño cumple 25 años de carrera en Estados Unidos, donde trabaja como profesor en la Universidad de Georgetown y dirige desde 2003 el PostClassical Ensemble.

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What makes a good conductor? Harmony – and ‘authority through knowledge’

Interview published on May 25, 2017 in The Washington Post Magazine

People respect you if you know what you are asking them to do. Then you have to be able to convey what you want. All simply. Through gestures and communication that goes beyond language. I think the orchestra is the most extraordinary achievement of humanity. Can you imagine something more sophisticated than that? One hundred people without verbal communication playing together for one hour? That goes beyond everything. Beyond thinking. To me [it] is the most incredible achievement. People making music together. It’s a miracle.

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Georgetown Students and Cuban Musicians Find Common Ground in Beethoven

Interview published on April 21, 2017 in Washingtonian Magazine

In reference to Music for Cuba Exchange

In March, 12 Georgetown University music students went to Cuba to work with musicians at Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana. This Saturday, the Cuban musicians will return the favor, performing a free concert at Gaston Hall with their DC counterparts. Washingtonian spoke with Georgetown music director and professor Angel Gil-Ordóñez about the program.

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The Naxos Interview: Angel Gil-Ordóñez talks with Laurence Vittes

Interview published on March 23, 2017 in Naxos News

In reference to Lou Harrison: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music

One of Naxos’ April highlights is an all-Lou Harrison CD from the Washington, D.C.-based PostClassical Ensemble; the highlight of the CD is a recording of Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and 5 Percussionists.

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