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One PostClassical Fan Made a Difference… How You Can Help Her Do More

Dear Music Lover,

The thing is I’m no heiress. I haven’t married a hedge fund manager… and I spend more time writing about macroeconomics for The Daily Reckoning than I do making investments. I’m just 31 years old.

I hope you don’t think me crass, but I’d like to show you something personal. It is money… my money… at least it’s mine for the next few minutes.
Here’s what it looks like…

It’s my annual Christmas bonus. Now, I know what you’re thinking. And I agree with you… it’s not much. (Especially after I’ve paid out my taxes and other deductions.)

But let me ask you this: you could still do something pretty nice with $646.45… couldn’t you?

Because that’s what I hope to do too — “something nice.”  I’m about to take my Christmas bonus — every penny of it —and sign it over to PostClassical Ensemble.

Now let me tell you why I’m doing it…

I have served on the Board here at PostClassical since 2010, I reverse-commute to D.C. from Baltimore for meetings and to spend whole weekends at the National Gallery of Art… Dumbarton Church… Strathmore… or Clarice Smith to attend EVERY event that PCE puts on.

I love what they’re doing just that much. Plus, there’s more to do in 2014!

Why Give? 5 Reasons

  • PostClassical’s 10th Anniversary season — We need to celebrate our growth and expand further
  • Mexican Revolution Festival — Cementing the ties connecting two great nations with the music of Revueltas and the film Redes… with fabulous songstress Eugenia León and other surprise guests
  • Britten@100 — the PCE Way — with Ben Capps on cello — Having heard Joe’s newest discovery play at board member Liz Cullen’s house on the Potomac, right across from George’s Mt. Vernon, I say: we’ve got to record this promising talent on his cello named Duchess!
  • Uniting the Two Cultural Hotbeds: Baltimore and D.C. — We’re looking to bring every PCE show to a new city — Baltimore — and expand our vision for inclusive programming… working with schools like Peabody and Baltimore School for the Arts. This will take more funds, but I hope you agree it’s well worth it to create the next generation of PostClassical fans and performers.
  • Our Partnership with Duke Ellington School of the Arts — Last year, I heard our conductor Angel lead these talented young students in a challenging program including Dvorák’s New World Symphony and was blown away by the results… and I look forward to more in the coming years!

And I’ll let you in on a little secretif you have not given recently to PCE and you give over $500, you will receive an immediate invitation from the Ambassador of Mexico to our 2014 Mexican Revolution Gala on May 8th at the Mexican Cultural Institute. It’s our first-ever gala event… and I know you’d enjoy meeting the Ensemble, hearing them play and enjoying the Tempranillo in the company of our other esteemed PCE supporters and friends. We’ve got an impressive ten years to celebrate!

Okay, there’s one more little reason I’m hoping you’ll join me and give. 
See, I have another check coming to me this year too. Possibly a big one, in the $8,000 range. This one’s for my share of my company’s profits in 2013.
And I promised conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez that I would sign that entire check over to PostClassical too… but if and ONLY IF you and your fellow donors and friends of the Ensemble can come up with 15 more donation checks, also filled out for at least $500 each. 
In other words, if you and 14 friends each donate $500 to the group… I’ll sign over my entire other bonus check too.
It’s like “matching” on steroids. And I’m happy to do it.

By joining me, you’ll be helping too: To support the group. To spread the music. And to help guarantee another exceptional ten years.

I hope you’ll agree to join me, with whatever amount you can give.

I’m not the wealthiest philanthropist, but this is so important that I’m giving at least this much, guaranteed…

And quite possibly, quite a bit more.

And remember, if you give at least $500, you’ll get personally invited to our first-ever gala by the Mexican Ambassador.

To donate, please go to our website at postclassical.com. Or call Mary Marron: 301-651-9794 to use a credit card. Checks can be sent to: PCE, 5104 44th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016

On behalf PostClassical Ensemble and all the performers, thank you in advance for anything you can give. I hope you’ll come to our gala so I can thank you in person, too. 

Either way, let us hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Samantha Buker
Board Member, PostClassical Ensemble since 2010

P.S. The next time you come to a PostClassical Ensemble concert, be sure to bring a friend too. I hope to hear from you soon! You are the future of PostClassical. You are the future of classical music in America.

2013-2014 at a Glance

2013
Nov. 7 – “The Operetta Spirit” (Austrian Cultural Forum)
Nov. 16 – “Tales from the Vienna Woods” (Dumbarton Concerts)

2014
Jan. 25–“The Wagner Family,” The National Gallery of Art
Jan. 26–“Nocturne” (American premiere), The National Gallery of Art
Feb. 22–Pre-concert lecture: “Anton Seidl, ‘Good Night,’ and Wagner at Coney Island” (McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University)
Feb. 22–Pre-concert recital: Britten’s Solo Cello Suite No. 1 (Dumbarton Concerts)
Feb. 22–“Scenes from Childhood (Faure, Britten, Seidl, Wagner – (Dumbarton Concerts)

Mar. 22-23–“El Amor Brujo” (Peridance, NYC)
Mar. 23 – “Staging ‘El Amor Brujo’” (Peridance, NYC)

April 5 – “John Steinbeck’s Mexico” (Mexican Cultural Institute)
April 11 – “The Mexican Revolution” conference (Georgetown University)
May 7 – “Revueltas and Mexican Identity (Mexican Cultural Institute)
May 8 – Mexico-US Cultural Gala (Mexican Cultural Institute)
May 10 – “The Mexican Revolution” concert (Clarice Smith Center)

PostClassical’s next on WETA’s “Front Row Washington”

Listen in to WETA’s “Front Row Washington” program on Monday, Novermber 11 at 9pm, for a broadcast of a performance, part of Post Classical Ensemble’s multi-week “Interpreting Shostakovich” festival last November, which was awarded the Musical Event of the Year from Radio Liberty/Free Europe. This National Gallery of Art performance by Post Classical Ensemble features two chamber symphonies plus solo piano works played by George Vatchnadze.  Recorded November 4, 2012 in the National Gallery of Art’s West Garden Court by John Conway.

PostClassical Ensemble
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Music Director
Joseph Horowitz, Artistic Director
George Vatchnadze, pianist

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH:  Chamber Symphony for Strings in C Minor, Op. 110 a (Transcribed by Rudolf Barshai from String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110)

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Preludes and Fugues for Solo Piano from Op. 87
Prelude in C Major (as recorded by the composer)
Prelude and Fugue in C Major
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor
George Vatchnadze, pianist

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Chamber Symphony for Strings in A-flat Major, Op. 118a  (Transcribed by Rudolf Barshai from String Quartet no. 10, Op. 118)

At Dumbarton Concerts

In 2013-14, PCE becomes ENSEMBLE-IN-RESIDENCE at Dumbarton Concerts—performing in Dumbarton Church, an intimate setting with ideal acoustics.

Dumbarton Concerts
3133 Dumbarton St. NW
Washington, D.C.
Tickets:  $30-$35   dumbartonconcerts.org and box office at 202-965-2000.

Tales from the Vienna Woods

Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 8 pm
Dumbarton Concerts
Historic Dumbarton Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, NW
Washington, DC
Tickets: $30-$35  dumbartonconcerts.org and box office at 202-965-2000.

Johann Strauss’s most beloved waltzes in a variety of scintillating transformations—including a chamber-orchestra version of Emperor Waltz as lovingly transcribed by Arnold Schoenberg, and Adolf Schulz-Evler’s spectacular solo piano paraphrase of The Blue Danube performed by Benjamin Pasternack. Also in the program: Soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot sings “Vilja” from Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow and other operetta favorites.

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Benjamin Pasternack, piano
Jennifer Casey Cabot, soprano

Related Event:
“The Operetta Spirit” at the Austrian Cultural Forum

PostClassical Ensemble in November!

Please join us for our first concert of the 2013-14 season.

Tales from the Vienna Woods
Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 8 pm

Dumbarton Concerts
Historic Dumbarton Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, NW
Washington, DC
Tickets: dumbartonconcerts.org and box office at 202-965-2000.

Johann Strauss’s most beloved waltzes in a variety of scintillating transformations—including a chamber-orchestra version of The Emperor Waltz
as lovingly transcribed by Arnold Schoenberg, and Adolf Schulz-Evler’s spectacular solo piano paraphrase of The Blue Danube as performed by
Benjamin Pasternack. Also: Soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot sings “Vilja” from Lehar’s The Merry Widow­—plus surprises galore.

Related Event:
“The Operetta Spirit” at the Austrian Cultural Forum
(3524 International Court NW), Nov. 7, 7:30 pm—with soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot, pianist Vera Danchenko Stern, and Ernst Lubitsch’s 1934 film of The Merry Widow. Free Admission.

Scenes from Childhood

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 8 pm
Dumbarton Concerts
Historic Dumbarton Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, NW
Washington, DC

Tickets: $30-$35   PURCHASE ONLINE or call  202-965-2000

PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Ben Capps, cello
Washington National Cathedral’s Choir of Boys and Girls
(Michael McCarthy, director)

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.

LEARN MORE
Sat., Feb. 22, 5 to 6:15 pm
:
A pre-concert lecture by Joseph Horowitz
Anton Seidl, “Good Night,” and Wagner at Coney Island
McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University
Free admission

As a preface to PostClassical’s performance of Anton Seidl’s “Good Night” (8 pm, Feb. 22) – the first performance of this music since 1898 – Joe Horowitz recounts the astounding story of the Seidl Society, a Brooklyn-based women’s club that presented Anton Seidl and his orchestra  fourteen times a week at Coney Island every summer. It was here that Seidl – Wagner’s chief American emissary – premiered his children’s chorus “Good Night.”
(Parking is free in GU on Saturdays enter via Canal Road. Dumbarton Church is a 10-minute walk from McNeir Auditorium.)

HEAR MORE
A special pre-concert feature at 7 pm
at Dumbarton Church
Britten’s inflamed Solo Cello Suite No. 1
performed tonight by young sensation Ben Capps

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Mexican Revolution

This season’s PostClassical immersion experience explores how Mexican Revolutionaries such as the composer Silvestre Revueltas and the painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera became agents of social and political change—and inspired Americans such as Aaron Copland, Paul Strand, and John Steinbeck.

REDES & EUGENIA LÉON: SAT, MAY 10, 2014

Hear Mexico’s iconic Eugenia León sing songs from the Mexican Revolution. See the great Mexican film Redes (1936) with Silvestre Revueltas’ searing score performed live by a 50-piece orchestra and unforgettable cinematography by Paul Strand. American film director Martin Scorsese says of Redes, “A very special film . . . Strand brought his camera eye, . . . Zinnemann brought his tremendous sensitivity to actors, . .  . and with his score Revueltas gave the film a terrific majesty and grandeur.”

7:30 pm (pre-concert presentation at 6:30 pm)
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Tickets: $10-$35  claricesmithcenter.umd.edu or 301.405.ARTS (2787)

To see excerpts from Redes, view video below.

Redes from Paul Strand en México on Vimeo.

RELATED EVENTS:

John Steinbeck’s Mexico, Saturday April 5, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Mexican Cultural Institute
Free admission. For reservations e-mail info@postclassical.com.   This season’s PostClassical Book Club event features the Marlon Brando film Viva Zapata (1952), scripted by Steinbeck. The assigned book is John Steinbeck’s Zapata.

Conference: Redes and Revolution
Friday April 11, 2014 from 1 to 6 pm at McNeir Hall
(Georgetown University)
Free admission. For reservations e-mail info@postclassical.com.

Revueltas and Mexican Identity
Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute
A multi-media presentation by the pre-eminent Revueltas scholar Roberto Kolb.
Free admission. For reservations e-mail info@postclassical.com.

The Gala Dinner
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7 pm
Generously hosted by the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States celebrating the economic and cultural ties between Mexico and the United States and the Tenth Anniversary of PostClassical Ensemble.

 

Special funding for this concert was generously furnished by AHMSA International, Inc., Chevron Corporation, the Embassy of Mexico-Mexican Cultural Institute, Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, Emerging America, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Conaculta, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and MARPAT Foundation.

PCE Announces Its 2013-2014 Season

At DUMBARTON Concerts:
In 2013-14, PCE becomes ENSEMBLE-IN-RESIDENCE at Dumbarton Concerts—performing in Dumbarton Church (3133 Dumbarton St. NW), an intimate setting with ideal acoustics.
Tickets: dumbartonconcerts.org and box office at 202-965-2000.

Tales from the Vienna Woods
Sat., Nov. 16, 2013, at 8 pm
Johann Strauss’s most beloved waltzes in a variety of scintillating transformations—including a chamber orchestra version of The Emperor Waltz as lovingly transcribed by Arnold Schoenberg, and Adolf Schulz-Evler’s spectacular solo piano paraphrase of The Blue Danube as performed by Benjamin Pasternack. Also: Soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot sings “Vilja” from Lehar’s The Merry Widow­—plus surprises galore.

Related Event:
“The Operetta Spirit” at the Austrian Cultural Forum
(3524 International Court NW), Nov. 7, 7:30 pm—with soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot, pianist
Vera Danchenko Stern, and Ernst Lubitsch’s 1934 film of The Merry Widow. Free Admission.

Scenes from Childhood
Sat., Feb. 22, 2014, at 8 pm
A seraphic evening radiant with childhood innocence: the sublime Siegfried Idyll and a little-known nursery song, both composed by Wagner for his infant son; the Washington National Catherdal’s Choir of Boys and Girls in Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and “In Paradisum” from Fauré’s Requiem.

Related Event:
Tony Palmer’s Benjamin Britten film biography Nocturne, with commentary by Tony Palmer and live music by PCE—at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, date TBA

MEXICAN REVOLUTION
Sat., May 10, 2014
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park)
Hear Mexico’s famous Eugenia León sing songs from the Mexican Revolution. See the great Mexican film Redes (1936) with Silvestre Revueltas’s searing score performed live by a 50-piece orchestra. A multi-media exploration of how Mexico’s artists powered social and political change.
Tickets: claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

SAVE THE DATE! May 8, 2014
Mexico–United States Cultural Gala Dinner with Eugenia León
Celebrating the important cultural and economic ties binding two great nations, and celebrating PostClassical Ensemble’s Tenth Anniversary. Special surprise guests! For more information, call 202-677-5773.

Related events at Mexican Cultural Institute and Georgetown University TBA

Also of interest to PCE patrons:
“Rouben Mamoulian and the Art of Musical Film”
Sat., Sept. 28. and Sun., Sept. 29, 2013, at The National Galley of Art

A film retrospective linked to Joseph Horowitz’s new book “On My Way”—The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and “Porgy and Bess.”

Download the PCE 2013-14 season press release.

HARRY T. BURLEIGH MEETS ANTONIN DVORAK

A co-presentation of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Georgetown University, and PostClassical Ensemble.

Friday, April 19, 2013, at 7:30 pm
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
3500 R St. NW
Washington, DC
Tickets: $15

Purchase Tickets

Free admission for students from Georgetown University and Duke Ellington School with school ID, but reservations are recommended.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Chorus
Conducted by Steven Allen.

The combined orchestras of Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra and Georgetown University.
Conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

PART ONE:
Harry T. Burleigh and Plantation Song – a choral concert with commentary and a visual presentation

PART TWO:
Dvorak’s New World Symphony – a symphonic concert with commentary and a visual presentationThis unique program explores Dvorak’s prophecy that American music would ultimately be founded upon “Negro melodies.” Dvorak’s African-American assistant Harry T. Burleigh pioneered in bringing spirituals into the concert hall. Dvorak’s New World Symphony pioneered in infusing concert music with the riches of African-American and Native American culture.

The visual presentation applied to the Largo and Scherzo of the New World Symphony (co-created by PCE Artistic Director Joe Horowitz) culls pertinent text from Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha (which Dvorak acknowledged as an inspiration), as well as iconic American paintings by Frederic Church, Albert Biestadt, Frederick Remington, and George Catlin.

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