2009-10 Season

Encounters: David Taylor

Encounters: David Taylor

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Harman Center for the Arts
Sidney Harman Hall
Washington, DC

PostClassical Ensemble showcases one of the world’s great instrumentalists: the bass trombonist David Taylor, whose flamboyant virtuosity and eruptive temperament astonishingly transfigure music of every stripe.

Taylor performs with PostClassical Ensemble a medley of harrowing late Schubert songs, plus a pair of jazzy and rambunctious Daniel Schnyder scores: subZERO Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra (D.C. premiere) and RoTor (world premiere).

Post concert discussion with composer Daniel Schnyder.

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Interpreting Liszt

Interpreting Liszt

February 12 & 13, 2010
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts and PostClassical Ensemble celebrate the pioneering, virtuosic pianist, composer, and teacher Franz Liszt (1811-1886) with a two-day festival, Interpreting Liszt, on February 12 and 13, 2010 at Georgetown University. Free daytime conference events and two ticketed evening concerts will explore issues in interpreting the piano and choral music of Franz Liszt and showcase new perspectives on the Romantic artistic personality. The full schedule incorporates film, art, literature, historic recordings, expert speakers, and performances by acclaimed artists performing repertoire ranging from the familiar —the B minor Sonata, the Dante Sonata, Totentanz— to such novelties as the Pastorale from Christus and a pair of religious choral works.

The two evening concerts include Liszt and Italy on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. —incorporating readings and visual art and exploring Liszt’s relationship to masterpieces of literature, painting, and sculpture— and Angels and Demons on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m., conducted by PostClassical Ensemble Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, exploring the duality of an artist by turns religious and macabre.

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Falla and Flamenco

Falla and Flamenco

April 17-23, 2010
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn, NY

Harman Center for the Arts
Sidney Harman Hall
Washington, DC

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.

In conjunction with Falla and Flamenco, the National Gallery presents a free screening of rare films of legendary flamenco artists in private performance, with commentary by flamenco authority Brook Zern, on Sunday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. Flamenco at the Source: Rito y Geografía del Cante Flamenco.

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