Unanswered Question | Music and the National Mood

Music and the National Mood February 6, 2017 by Joseph Horowitz PostClassical Ensemble – the DC chamber orchestra I co-founded a dozen years ago – produced a concert at the Washington National Cathedral last Saturday night that seemed to address the national mood. These are fractious times – times in which the arts can acquire […]

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Mind of A Musician: Chris Gekker

PostClassical Ensemble’s principal trumpeter Chris Gekker sits down with Dimension Media’s Behrouz Jamali in conversation about his career on the stage and in the studio. Chris next appears with PostClassical Ensemble in The Trumpet Shall Sound on February 4, 2017 at Washington National Cathedral.

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PostClassical Ensemble’s Kevin Deas on WETA | Classical Conversation

PostClassical Ensemble’s Resident Artists and Soloist in the upcoming program The Trumpet Shall Sound on February 4 at the National Cathedral, Kevin Deas joined WETA’s Marilyn Cooley for a Classical Conversation. The PostClassical Ensemble and Washington National Cathedral join forces on Saturday February 4 at the Cathedral for a concert titled The Trumpet Shall Sound — A […]

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Unanswered Question | Trifonov Plays Shostakovich

Trifonov Plays Shostakovich by Joseph Horowitz   No other music so instantly evokes a sense of place as that of Dmitri Shostakovich. When Daniil Trifonov launched Shostakovich’s E minor Prelude at Carnegie Hall last week, the bleakness and exigency of Stalin’s Russia at once chilled the huge space. The Shostakovich affect can seem exotic or […]

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Bernard Herrmann Festival on WETA

  PCE is taking over 90.9 WETA this Halloween To celebrate Halloween, WETA’s Front Row Washington presents: The Music of Bernard Herrmann Monday, October 31 at 9:00pm  Tune in Monday evening to hear PCE’s performance at the National Gallery of Art, April 17, 2016. Conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez and recorded by John Conway. This concert was […]

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Unanswered Question: Musical Films

Musical Films June 16, 2016 by Joe Horowitz With our newly released Redes DVD, PostClassical Ensemble completes its Naxos quartet of classic 1930s films with freshly recorded soundtracks. The scores for these four films – the others are The Plow that Broke the Plains, The River, and The City – are among the most distinguished ever composed for film. The composers are […]

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STORM WARNINGS: The Future of Orchestras

STORM WARNINGS: THE FUTURE OF ORCHESTRAS June 21, 2016 by Joe Horowitz I recently spent the three consecutive weekends speaking at conferences pertinent to the fate of America’s orchestras. The first, at Grinnell College, was sponsored by the American Association of Liberal Arts Colleges. The topic was reforming music curricula. The second, at the University of South […]

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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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More than Hitchcock’s Handmaiden

More Than Hitchcock’s Handmaiden There’s more to Bernard Herrmann’s career than his celebrated scores for Hitchcock films. Bernard Herrmann rehearsing a radio drama in 1941. PHOTO: CBS VIA GETTY IMAGES By DAVID MERMELSTEIN April 26, 2016 5:26 p.m. ET Washington In many ways, it’s remarkable that the composer Bernard Herrmann, who died at age 64 in 1975, […]

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Joe Horowitz on why you should not miss “Deep River” – The Art of the Spiritual on November 7

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