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Interpreting Shostakovich

Interpreting Shostakovich

This three-week festival— interpreting Shostakovich the man, Shostakovich the composer, and specific Shostakovich compositions—comprises three concerts at the National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Concerts, and Georgetown University, as well as four film events at the National Gallery. The participants include Solomon Volkov, author of Shostakovich’s memoirs; and the eminent British filmmaker Tony Palmer (“No one makes better films about musicians”—The London Times); film historian Peter Rollberg; and music historian Roy Guenther.

National Gallery of Art
Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm
PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Dumbarton Concerts
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Dmitri Berlinski, violin; Andrey Tchkmazov, cello; George Vatchnadze, piano
PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Commentary by Solomon Volkov and Tony Palmer.

PostClasical Book Club. George Washington University
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:30 am
An exclusive encounter with the celebrated Russian emigrée writer and music historian, Solomon Volkov.
Roy Guenther, host. Josseph Horowitz, moderator.

Friday Music Series. Georgetown University
Friday, October 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm
A Shostakovich lecture/recital featuring violinist Oleg Rylatko, concertmaster
of PCE.

Film Events at the National Gallery of Art
(all films scored by Shostakovich)
Sat., Oct. 20, 2012 at  2:30 pm: King Lear (1971), plus Shostakovich choral works sung by Georgetown University Chamber Singers (Frederick Binkholder, conductor)
Sun., Oct. 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm: Hamlet (1964),plus Shostakovich Satires, performed by Irina Mozleva (soprano) and Vera Danchenko-Stern (piano)
Sun., Oct. 28, 2012 at  4:30 pm: Five Days, Five Nights (1960)
Sat., Nov. 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm: Tony Palmer’s Testimony (1988) with Ben Kingsley as Shostakovich. Commentary by Solomon Volkov and Tony Palmer. (Gold Medal, 1987 New York Film and Television Festival)
Sun., Nov. 4, 2012 at 4 pm: Song of the Rivers (1954)

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Dvořák and America

Dvořák and America

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
Tickets for March 1: $35 ($10 students). Box office 301-405-ARTS.

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Dvořák’s American sojourn (1892–95) is one of the most amazing chapters in the history of classical music in the United States. During this brief period he composed his best-known symphony, string quartet and concerto. And he uttered his most famous, influential and controversial words, that a “great and noble school” of American music would be founded upon “Negro melodies.”

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“Dvořák and America”
Friday, March 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center: Dekelboum Hall
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone; Benjamin Pasternack, piano
PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Tickets: $35 ($10 students).

Works by Dvořák, Horowitz and Bekerman

Pre-concert presentation at 7:00 pm / Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Dvořák’s American Suite performed by Benjamin Pasternack, piano. Commentary by Joseph Horowitz and Michael Beckerman

Dvořák and Harry Burleigh
Friday February 22, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.
The Georgetown University Music Program’s Friday Music Series
Georgetown University, McNeir Hall
Free admission.

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“American Roots”
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center: Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Benjamin Pasternack, piano
Commentary by Joseph Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordóñez.
Free admission.
Music by Dvořák, Arthur Farwell, Ferruccio Busoni and Leonard Bernstein.

“Dvorak in Search of America”
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Free admission
Produced by David Salness in association with PostClassical Ensemble
Commentary by Joseph Horowitz, Patrick Warfield, and the performers

The New World Symphony
Friday,  April 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts
3500 R Street, NW, Washington, DC
Box office: 202.337.4825 / website

Dvořák’s New World Symphony with Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducting the combined orchestras of Georgetown University and the Duke Elllington School of the Arts.

PostClassical Productions: Homage to Catalonia

PostClassical Productions: Homage to Catalonia

Sept. 28, 2012
The Morgan Library (225 Madison Avenue)

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Perspectives Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Harolyn Blackwell, soprano
A program of Catalonian works by Xavier Montsalvatge and Roberto Gerhard.

PostClassical Productions: Schubert Uncorked

PostClassical Productions: Schubert Uncorked

Dec. 21, 2012
8:00 PM
The Stone
(Corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
All tickets $10 at the door

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“Left every brass player in the packed house shaking his head in disbelief.”
The Chicago Tribune on David Taylor

David Taylor, bass trombone
William Wolfram, piano

Schubert/Taylor: “Die Stadt” and “Der Doppelgänger” (trombone/piano)

Schubert/Taylor: Arpeggione Sonata, movements two and three (trombone/piano)

Schubert: Klavierstücke, D. 946, Nos. 1 and 3 (solo piano)

Schubert/Taylor: Allegretto in C minor (trombone/piano)

PostClassical Underground

PostClassical Underground

The David Taylor Trio featuring Kenny Drew, Jr.
Saturday, February 18, 2012 @ 8:00 & 10:00pm
Bohemian Caverns Nightclub

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“We are thrilled to be working with artists that can truly be termed unique,” says Artistic Director Joe Horowitz, “these are artists that transcend boundaries of style and genre, and they really belong as much at the Bohemian Caverns as at Strathmore or the Kennedy Center.”

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The Ives Project

The Ives Project

Thursday, November 3, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, MD
Tickets $15-25

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This one-of-a-kind theatrical presentation, with actors and lighting design, traces Ives’s life —including his passionate courtship, his fierce Transcendentalism, and his cranky politics— through music, letters, and essays. The repertoire —for voice, piano, and chamber orchestra— ranges from the mystic The Unanswered Question to the indescribably rambunctious Over the Pavements. William Sharp, for decades a prime exponent of Ives’s songs, contributes such Ives classics as “The Circus Band” and “General William Booth Enters into Heaven,” as well as a serene Ives set arranged for voice and orchestra by John Adams.

Jeremy Denk, piano
William Sharp, baritone
Floyd King, actor
Carolyn Goelzer, actor
Georgetown University Concert Choir (Frederick Binkholder, director)
PostClassical Ensemble
conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Joseph Horowitz, writer & producer

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Falla/Stravinsky

Falla/Stravinsky

Nov. 21 – Dec. 4, 2011
Georgetown University
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

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A flamenco-fueled excursion into the soul and spirit of Spain featuring the D.C. debut of legendary gypsy cantaora Esperanza Fernandez, as well as master choreographer Igal Perry and one of Spain’s pre-eminent novelists, Antonio Muñoz Molina.

A world-premiere re-imagining of Falla’s El amor brujo, paired with a haunting new production of Stravinsky’s iconic saga of Faustian temptation, The Soldier’s Tale.

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Schubert Uncorked

Schubert Uncorked

March 23 – 31, 2012
Georgetown University
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

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Who was Franz Schubert? Cueing on the anguish and illness of his final years, today’s “new Schubert” is a challenging and often harrowing creative force, anticipating Dostoyevsky and Kafka, and resisting categorization.

Join PostClassical Ensemble and the virtuosic bass trombonist David Taylor for a startling re-contextualization of a revered composer, including two newly commissioned world premieres and the D.C. premiere of a revisionist film biography.

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The Stravinsky Project

The Stravinsky Project

April 8 – 10, 2011
The  Music Center at Strathmore
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC – Bethesda, MD

Rediscover the music that changed everything, shocking audiences of the early 20th century and continuing to shape the course of the art through the 1960s. In this program you will hear Stravinsky’s searing Les Noces, written for chorus, pianos and percussion and the Russian folk wedding songs that inspired the piece; his explosive Concerto for Piano and Winds and Symphonies for Wind Instruments, which inaugurated his neo-classical period.

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Sublime Confluence: The Music of Lou Harrison

Sublime Confluence:
The Music of Lou Harrison

February 26 – March 6, 2011
The George Washington University
National Gallery of Art
Embassy of Indonesia
Washington, DC

Lou Harrison (1917-2003) is a great California composer whose music is little heard in the Eastern United States. Drawing on the fragrant poetry of Indonesian gamelan music, he achieved a serene synthesis of Western and Eastern modes.

In collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy, the Film Division of the National Gallery of Art, The George Washington University, and Wesleyan University. This festival is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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