Thematic, cross-disciplinary programming makes collaboration incumbent — with museums, with educational institutions. In Peggy Parsons, director of the Film Division at D.C.’s National Gallery, and Anna Celenza, director of Performing Arts at Georgetown University, Post-Classical Ensemble has acquired partners who hit the ground running. The alacrity of the collaborative process is complete: each partner feels plentifully served by the other two.
Partnership with the National Gallery enables Post-Classical Ensemble to present pertinent films to an avid and sophisticated audience (with free admission); the films are contextualized with commentary. That the Gallery’s film auditorium has an excellent Steinway grand is a further opportunity the Ensemble has seized. This season, the National Gallery presents the world premiere of a Lou Harrison documentary and a six-hour Stravinsky and Film event, both linked to Post-Classical Ensemble programming.
Our Educational Partnership with Georgetown University is nationally unique. Its Performing Arts program does not aspire to train future professional musicians. Rather, the Department of Performing Arts stresses cross-disciplinary learning. Under Celenza, it has initiated a distinctive undergraduate degree in American Musical Culture that precisely fits Joe Horowitz’s scholarly specialty. It also sponsors a professional Friday Afternoon Music Series on campus.
The Educational Partnership between Post-Classical Ensemble and Georgetown University takes four forms:
Post-Classical Ensemble engages students and faculty members, and student ensembles, as participants in public programming.
Post-Classical Ensemble furnishes performers and speakers for the University’s Friday Afternoon Music Series, which in effect preps the Georgetown University community for upcoming Ensemble events.
Georgetown University hosts a variety of our programs, including both concerts and conferences.
Georgetown University students attend our concerts, whether on campus or off. Busses and free tickets are furnished.
Copland and the Cold War on January 31st, 2009, for instance, was co-produced by Post-Classical Ensemble and Georgetown University, and hosted at the Gonda Theatre. This exploration of the impact of the Red Scare on Copland’s compositional odyssey, linked to six courses in various departments, included three student actors (re-enacting Copland’s testimony before Seantor Joseph McCarthy’s subcommittee), the university chorus (singing Copland’s prize-winning workers’ song Into the Streets, May First!), and a Georgetown University historian (on the Red Scare). Students wrote reviews. The University published the program book.