Mexican Revolution

This season’s PostClassical immersion experience explores how Mexican Revolutionaries such as the composer Silvestre Revueltas and the painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera became agents of social and political change—and inspired Americans such as Aaron Copland, Paul Strand, and John Steinbeck.


Hear Mexico’s iconic Eugenia León sing songs from the Mexican Revolution. See the great Mexican film Redes (1936) with Silvestre Revueltas’ searing score performed live by a 50-piece orchestra and unforgettable cinematography by Paul Strand. American film director Martin Scorsese says of Redes, “A very special film . . . Strand brought his camera eye, . . . Zinnemann brought his tremendous sensitivity to actors, . .  . and with his score Revueltas gave the film a terrific majesty and grandeur.”

7:30 pm (pre-concert presentation at 6:30 pm)
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Tickets: $10-$35 or 301.405.ARTS (2787)

To see excerpts from Redes, view video below.

Redes from Paul Strand en México on Vimeo.


John Steinbeck’s Mexico, Saturday April 5, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Mexican Cultural Institute
Free admission. For reservations e-mail   This season’s PostClassical Book Club event features the Marlon Brando film Viva Zapata (1952), scripted by Steinbeck. The assigned book is John Steinbeck’s Zapata.

Conference: Redes and Revolution
Friday April 11, 2014 from 1 to 6 pm at McNeir Hall
(Georgetown University)
Free admission. For reservations e-mail

Revueltas and Mexican Identity
Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute
A multi-media presentation by the pre-eminent Revueltas scholar Roberto Kolb.
Free admission. For reservations e-mail

The Gala Dinner
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7 pm
Generously hosted by the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States celebrating the economic and cultural ties between Mexico and the United States and the Tenth Anniversary of PostClassical Ensemble.


Special funding for this concert was generously furnished by AHMSA International, Inc., Chevron Corporation, the Embassy of Mexico-Mexican Cultural Institute, Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, Emerging America, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Conaculta, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and MARPAT Foundation.