PostClassical Ensemble is delighted to announce that we have been named ensemble-in-residence at the Washington National Cathedral.
Our inaugural season at the Cathedral features three concerts incorporating film and theater, and celebrating music as an instrument for human betterment:
• “Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration” — Thursday, December 7, 2017
• “Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual” — Wednesday, February 28, 2018
• “Secret Music Skirmishes of the Cold War: The Shostakovich Case” — Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Thursday Dec. 7 at 7:30
For Pearl Harbor Day, we juxtapose galvanizing responses to World War II by Dmitri Shostakovich, Arnold Schoenberg, and Hanns Eisler. With the Cathedral Choir and members of PCE conducted by Michael McCarthy and Angel Gil-Ordonez.
Wednesday Feb. 28 at 7:30
For Black History Month, we celebrate Harry Burleigh, who turned spirituals into art songs. With bass-baritone Kevin Deas, the Cathedral Choir, and 100 high school choristers conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez.
Wednesday May 23 at 7:30
Only in recent decades has it become known that the CIA covertly funded a cultural Cold War. A frequent target was Shostakovitch, portrayed as a Soviet stooge. Meanwhile, JFK gave speeches insisting that the arts can only flourish in “free societies.”