Post-Classical Ensemble, now in its ninth season, is an experimental musical laboratory, testing the limits of orchestral programming.
Our tagline, “More than an Orchestra,” refers to the thematic scope and exceptional formats of our concerts, and our aspiration to embrace collaborative and educational activities not normally associated with orchestras. We aim to impact nationally and internationally.
Above all, we aim to address and cultivate an inquisitive audience, hungry for deeper engagement.
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Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 8 pm
Historic Dumbarton Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, NW
PostClassical celebrates the Wagner and Britten centenaries with a program featuring seraphic music by both composers, including Wagner’s sublime Siegfried Idyll in its original version, a little-known children’s song by Wagner and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.
Also: the first performance since 1898 of the children's chorus "Good Night," composed by Wagner's American disciple Anton Seidl.
A special pre-concert feature at 7 pm: Britten’s inflamed Solo Cello Suite No. 1, composed for Mstislav Rostropovich.
Linked to our Feb. 22 “Scenes from Childhood” concert, PostClassical presents Wagner and Britten films by Tony Palmer at the National Gallery of Art (Jan. 24 and 25), and a pre-concert lecture about Wagner at Coney Island (Feb. 22 at 5 pm).
More Information Tony Palmer on Wagner and Britten Saturday, Jan. 25 at 4 pm: Tony Palmer’s The Wagner Family, with commentary by Tony Palmer and Joseph Horowitz
“In Tony Palmer’s ferocious and coruscating documentary, dark revelations are piled on from the first minute to the last.” –Neil Fisher The Times (UK)
Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 pm: The American premiere of Tony Palmer’s new Benjamin Britten documentary, Nocturne, with commentary by Tony Palmer
“One of the most brilliant anti-war documentaries I have ever seen. It could change millions of minds about Britten. It is an absolute masterpiece, definitive, original and very moving” –Andrew Billen, The Times (UK)
Anton Seidl, “Good Night,” and “Wagner at Coney Island – a pre-concert lecture by Joseph Horowitz
Sat., Feb. 22, 5 to 6:15 pm
McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University