MUSIC FOR A GREAT SPACE at the WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

CULTURAL FUSION:

THE GAMELAN EXPERIENCE

Presented by PostClassical Ensemble on January 23, 2019

at the Washington National Cathedral was just named

THE BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENT of 2019
by Washington Classical Review

 

“I finally heard both a Javanese and a Balinese gamelan. In collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy, the PostClassical Ensemble—one of the most innovative and stimulating groups around—traced the intricate connections between Java, Bali, and the West. . . . Lou Harrison’s colossal Piano Concerto from 1985 . . . was the piece I was most eager to hear, its opening movement as vast as a canyon, the second filled with nimble virtuosity, the slow movement an extended prayer that gives way to a fleet finale. . . . How could so magnificent a concerto be so woefully neglected?

 

“These days, the word fusion . . . has become a cliché. But here was a vivid, persuasive argument in favor of embracing a fluid world culture. Works of the imagination should not be limited by borders, or by walls, and when art is born out of reverence, we the public should not be impeded by questions of ownership and accusations of appropriation.
Not when the artworks in question move and enrich us all.”
–From Sudip Bose’s review in The American Scholar

 

To sample PCE’s concert, listen to the webcast:
https://www.wwfm.org/post/music-paradise-postclassical

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