#GivingTuesday 2018

For fifteen years, we’ve pursued our Wildly Ambitious programming – first nomadically, and now as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral. Since our first concert in 2003, PCE has grown to include our Cathedral series, Immersion Experiences, a film series at the National Gallery of Art, our radio podcast on WWFM, and AMERICAN ROOTS our educational series. On Tuesday, [...]

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Bernstein at 100

In 2018, the classical music community celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein. PCE’s Joe Horowitz has been writing on Bernstein’s life and legacy in his blog The Unanswered Question. LEONARD BERNSTEIN AT 100: An American Archetype Leonard Bernstein prophesied an American classical music; his disillusionment and disappointments mirrored the nation’s. In 1980, at the age of […]

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PCE CELEBRATES THE WALT WHITMAN BICENTENNIAL

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is America’s most iconic poet, a beacon of American democracy both at home and abroad. His years as a Civil War nurse were spent in DC, where he worked at the Patent Office Building. PostClassical Ensemble celebrates the Whitman Bicentennial with three programs of music, readings, film – and a classic 1944 [...]

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The Gershwin Moment

As I’ve had occasion to observe in my various George Gershwin blogs, Gershwin and J. S. Bach are the two composers most malleable in performance. There is no Gershwin style. And if there is, there’s full license to ignore it. The most recent “PostClassical” broadcast on WWFM includes two little-known but essential Gershwin performances that break the mold. […]

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A Wunderkind at 100

Leonard Bernstein prophesied an American classical music; his disillusionment and disappointments mirrored the nation’s. In 1980, at the age of 62, Leonard Bernstein undertook the composition of a formidable full-scale opera, commissioned jointly by La Scala, the Kennedy Center, and Houston Grand Opera. He called it A Quiet Place. It’s the story of an unquiet […]

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Shostakovich Trio No. 2 at Washington National Cathedral

Shostakovich Trio No. 2 performed at Washington National Cathedral in PostClassical Ensemble's MUSIC IN WARTIME Recorded at Washington National Cathedral on December 7, 2017 during the program MUSIC IN WARTIME: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. Alexander Shtarkman, piano Netanel Draiblate, violin Benjamin Capps, cello Shostakovich Trio No. 2https://postclassical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Shostakovich-Trio-No.-2.mp3

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PCE December Newsletter

BEHROUZ JAMALI is now PCE's Resident Documentarian As you may have noticed, the last PCE trailer – Joe Horowitz talking about Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon – was professionally produced. This is the work of Behrouz Jamali, who this season becomes our Resident Documentarian/Photographer. Actually, Behrouz has been filming PCE for some time. One of his [...]

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WWFM Celebrating Bernard Herrmann

Herrmann Centenary Pt. 1https://postclassical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Part1Web.mp3 Herrmann Centenary Pt. 2https://postclassical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Part2Web.mp3 LISTENING GUIDE PART I 5:08: Bernard Herrmann speaks -- irascibly 6:33: His daughter Dorothy describes accompanying “Daddy” to Psycho 12:02: Herrmann’s Psycho Symphonic Narrative performed by PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez (DC premiere) 28:30: An influence on Psycho? Bartok’s Divertimento, movement 2 41:10: Herrmann’s Sinfonietta for Strings [...]

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