Unanswered Question | New Musical Venues for a New National Moment

New Musical Venues for a New National Moment July 15, 2017 by Joe Horowitz With classical music under siege, many are rethinking audiences and venues. Here in Manhattan, Geffen Hall – previously Fisher Hall, and before that Philharmonic Hall – has never been an inviting place in which to hear music. The acoustics are defective, […]

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An Experimental orchestra finds a home at the National Cathedral | WashingtonPost

An Experimental orchestra finds a home at the National Cathedral by Anne Midgette July 7, 2017 | The Washington Post The PostClassical Ensemble announced Friday that after 14 itinerant seasons, it has found a stable home — at Washington National Cathedral. Starting next season, it will become the cathedral’s newest ensemble-in-residence. This means that the […]

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American Classics: Lou Harrison

PostClassical Ensemble’s new release: American Classics – Lou Harrison Click below to hear Tim Fain and PostClassical Ensemble led by Angel Gil-Ordóñez Critical Reviews of PostClassical Ensemble’s New Lou Harrison Recording “Lou Harrison had a pioneer’s imagination, not least regarding what might be walloped in the name of music—his Violin Concerto calls for flowerpots, plumber’s […]

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PostClassical Ensemble in the New Yorker | Alex Ross reviews The Shostakovich-Weinberg Connection

An excerpt from Alex Ross’ column in the April 17 issue of The New Yorker, titled A Gathering of Orchestras in D.C. …the city [Washington] has long been a paradise for chamber music. I grew up there, and learned the chamber repertory in such intimate, welcoming venues as Dumbarton Oaks, the Library of Congress, and […]

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Antonio Muñoz Molina on PCE’s Redes

“Revueltas is one of those composers who for various accidental reasons — his disorderly life and premature death, the fact of his being Mexican – does not occupy the place that he should in a present-day musical culture that clings so tenaciously to the sclerotic. . . . His music, so powerful in itself, highlights […]

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A fresh take on the rarely heard music of Charles Ives

The Washington Post By Stephen Brookes November 23, 2015 * Charles Ives — that brilliant, visionary, utterly original and perfectly down-to-earth composer — may have written some of the most astonishing American music of the 20th century, but with a reputation for being “difficult,” he still shows up far too rarely on concert programs. Fortunately, Ives […]

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Images and sounds in the service of FDR

Le Monde Renaud Machart March 2011 The reforms initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt from 1933 to 1938 as a result of the Great American Depression were accompanied by strong information campaigns. How to develop the vast inhospitable plain that crosses the country, from the Canadian border to Texas? How create colossal hydraulic constructions on the Mississippi? How convince […]

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Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post

Washington Post Philip Kennicott February 2007 At the 1938 Venice Film Festival, Pare Lorentz’s “The River” won best documentary for his New Deal film about the flooding and “taming” of the Mississippi River, beating Leni Riefenstahl’s far more ambitious “Olympia,” a visual symphony shot at Hitler’s 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Riefenstahl’s celebration of athletic competition […]

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PostClassical Ensemble transcends Shostakovich’s modest intentions

Washington Post Stephen Brookes November 5, 2012 There was a sizable Russian contingent in both the audience and the orchestra at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday night; not surprising, perhaps, given that it was the closing concert of the PostClassical Ensemble’s three-week festival devoted to Dmitri Shostakovich, the brilliant and controversial composer who […]

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PostClassical Ensemble traces influences in packed Iberian concert

Washington Post Anne Midgette March 11, 2015 In the classical music field, “multimedia” has become a tired buzzword for something purportedly unconventional, usually involving video projections. But the PostClassical Ensemble really did offer multimedia in its long, packed, content-rich concert as part of the Kennedy Center’s “Iberian Suite” festival Tuesday night. It’s not just that the artists offered projections […]

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