Past Seasons

Encounters: A John Adams Snapshot

Encounters: A John Adams Snapshot

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Harman Center for the Arts
Lansburgh Theatre
Washington, DC

A rare opportunity for DC audiences to hear two cutting-edge compositions by an indispensable American original. Phrygian Gates, early Adams, is a landmark of keyboard minimalism, a 30-minute kaleidoscope of swirling colors and textures. Gnarly Buttons, late Adams, is a sizzling clarinet concerto distilling swing, blues, and jazz. Both works will be performed for the first time by two great American instrumentalists.

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Artists in Exile

Artists in Exile

Sunday, April 6, 2008
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Aligned with Joseph Horowitz’s forthcoming book Artists in Exile (HarperCollins February 2008), this program explores the impact of immigration on two major German and Austrian composers.  Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera epitomizes his Berlin style.  His little-known Walt Whitman Songs, a grateful wartime tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, are breezy Broadway ballads.  Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, composed in Los Angeles, is (again) a grateful wartime tribute to FDR composed in English, and all the more moving for applying the Expressionist idiom he brought with him from Austria. With the participation of baritone Chris Pedro Trakas in “Mack the Knife,” the Whitman Songs, and the Ode, and the Left Bank String Quartet.

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Chávez and Revueltas Revisited

Chávez and Revueltas Revisited

Friday, March 14, 2008
The Library of Congress
Coolidge Auditorium
Washington, DC

Part of a week-long Revueltas/Chavez festival curated by PostClassical Ensemble, including films at the National Gallery, a conference, and a kick-off event at which PostClassical Ensemble performed Xochipili by Carlos Chavez.

If there is a Latin American composer whose “time has come” it is surely Silvestre Revueltas. For one thing, Revueltas is the composer who most resonates with the charismatic Mexico of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. For another, he is the rare 20th century composer whose voice is both original and instantly recognizable. A program incorporating popular song and poetry as part of a four-day Library of Congress festival: “Two Faces of Mexican Music: Chávez and Revueltas Revisited.”

Eugenia León, vocals.

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Free to Sing

Free to Sing: The Story of the First African-American Opera Company

February 16, 2008
The Music Center at Strathmore
Bethesda, MD

A concert version of the first American operetta (1866); a smash hit in its day, linked to a history of the first African-American opera company, which toured this work.

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Double Passion: Music and Books from Spain

A Double Passion: Music and Books from Spain

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The Organization of American States
Washington, DC

Presented by the Permanent Observer Mission of Spain

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Works by Spanish composers: Gaos, Montsalvatge, Falla

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The City

The City

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

The City, the classic American documentary film made for the 1939 World’s Fair with a script by Lewis Mumford, is a vivid argument for the Garden City movement. It features the first and by far the most remarkable of Aaron Copland’s eight film scores, called by Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times “an astonishing missing link not only in the genesis of Copland’s Americana style but in American music and cinema.”  See the film and—for the first time anywhere—hear the full score in live performance. With commentary by the legendary documentary filmmaker George Stoney.  John Basinger, narrator.

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The Song of the Earth

The Song of the Earth

Friday, March 16, 2007
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Gustav Mahler’s masterpiece Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) famously adapts poems from the Tang dynasty. Hear the aching “Farwell,” from Das Lied, in combination with traditional and contemporary Chinese music. “An aromatic feast for the ear; an extraordinary exercise in cultural exchange.”

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The Classical Music Crisis.. and What To Do About It

The Classical Music ‘Crisis’.. and What To Do About It

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
The Library of Congress
Coolidge Auditorium
Washington, DC

Lecture by Joseph Horowitz, with the participation of music historian Karen Ahlquist and Washington National Opera Director of Artistic Operations Christina Scheppelmann. Free admission.

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Beyond Flamenco: Finding Spain in Music

Beyond Flamenco:
Finding Spain in Music

November 19 – 29, 2006
The Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY

The Organization of American States
Washington, DC

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

An all-day immersion experience; A rare chance to hear a complete performance of all four books of Isaac Albeniz’s Iberia (1906–09), the summit of the Spanish keyboard repertoire, as performed by one of Spain’s leading present-day pianists — hailed as “a major artist” by The Washington Post.

A multi-media exploration of the “Europeanization” of Spanish culture at the turn of the 20th century, with film by Carlos Saura, music by Joaquín Turina, poetry by Federico García Lorca, and visual art by Ignacio Zuloaga and Pablo Picasso. A late masterpiece by Manuel de Falla, the Concerto (1926), will be performed alongside poetry by John of the Cross, choral music by Tomás Luis de Victoria, and keyboard works by Falla and Soler.

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Encounters: Mario Lavista

Encounters: Mario Lavista

Thursday, November 9, 2006
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Washington, DC

A portrait of one of Latin America ’s foremost living composers, who also takes part as commentator.  Presented in collaboration with the Cultural Institute of Mexico.

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The Getty Foundation
WETA
The Washington Ballet
Washington National Cathedral
WWFM The Classical Network
Edlavitch DCJCC
American University
Artmentor Foundation
Marpat
AHMSA
Artworks
Cafritz
DCCAH
Dallas
Graham Holdings
Washington Performing Arts
Georgetown DPA
Georgetown
Indonesian Embassy
national gallery